Parlee Center for Science and the Common Good

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Jenna Severa

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My Major/ Minor/ Campus Organizations

Biology and Neuroscience/BAPS, Writing Fellows, The Grizzly


Philadelphia, PA

What should matter to me?

I am most passionate about food allergy awareness. My goal is to create a solution for low-income families to receive the life-saving medication needed to keep children and teenagers safe while eating at school. Additionally, I am committed to supporting and exploring new potential treatments for allergies and anaphylaxis, so that hopefully, one day, there may be a cure.

How should we live together?

Life is an adventure, and the travelers we meet along the way teach us how to live together. My time spent at Ursinus has showed me that living together comes down to the understanding that humanity is a mosaic of experiences, people, and talents. I hope that as a global community, all people can find a way to use their unique gifts to find a solution to a problem, share a laugh, or lend a shoulder to lean on.

How can we understand the world?

My research with Dr. Ellen Dawley has aided my understanding of the world by teaching me the art of trial and error. I believe the greatest life lessons can come through experience, even if the outcome is not what was desired. My research has showed me that no matter the outcome, there is always a lesson to learn.

What will I do?

I am an aspiring allergist with an interest in writing. I hope to raise awareness about the recent rise in food allergy occurrence, as well as aid in increasing epinephrine accessibility to low-income families. I am considering getting a PhD after a few years of practice in medicine, so that I may conduct research on a cure for food allergies while caring for patients.