Jessica Joyce


Stamps 1693 Leadership Scholar


Broadlands, VA (Briar Woods High School, Academy of Science)

Why W&M

The two things I knew I needed in a college were the opportunity to conduct original, independent research as an undergraduate and the ability to develop a close relationship with my professors. Knowing this, William & Mary was on my shortlist of colleges to attend. After multiple visits to the school, I was convinced it was the place for me. Not only does William & Mary have the research opportunities and professor-student involvement I wanted, but it offers things that cannot be described in a college brochure. The students I met at William & Mary during the interview weekend impressed me with their research projects and achievements, but I was even more impressed by their passion and appreciation for the world that existed outside of their particular talents. Each person I met at William & Mary was committed to serving others, ultimately showing me that William & Mary was the ideal place to pursue my undergraduate studies.


Biology major and Chemistry minor

W&M Activities and Research

High School Activities
  • Secretary General of Model United Nations
  • Varsity lacrosse
  • Oboist in school band
  • Research collaboration with Hwa Chong Institution in Singapore
  • Independent research on Alzheimer’s disease
  • Competitive dance
  • Research published in Journal of Experimental Secondary Science
  • Briar Woods High School Salutatorian
  • National Merit Scholar
  • National AP Scholar with Honor
  • Intel International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Science Scholar
  • American Psychological Association Award
  • National Latin Exam Summa Cum Laude