Jordan Tralins, HEAA Outstanding Senior Awardee

Jordan Tralins

During her undergraduate career, Jordan Tralins majored in Human Biology, Health, and Society with minors in Human Development and Health Equity. As a pre-medical student, Jordan honed her interests in well-being, neurodevelopment, and public health. Approaching human health from an interdisciplinary perspective has been a landmark of her Human Ecology education.

Over her college career, Jordan was an avid leader on campus. Most notably, she was the Vice President and Secretary of Best Buddies - an organization that fosters one-to-one friendships between individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and Cornell students. She was a Human Ecology student ambassador, a trail running instructor for Cornell Outdoor Education, and a Lead Teaching Assistant for Cornell’s 2070 General Chemistry Course.

Jordan was heavily involved in research at Cornell. As a sophomore, she began working with Dr. Nancy Wells, the CHE’s Senior Associate Dean for Research, on a cross-sectional study evaluating the impact of nature engagement on mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic; their manuscript has been published in People & Nature. She also explored her interest in neurodevelopment; during her junior year, Jordan spearheaded a scoping review of literature surrounding the impact of the natural environment on well-being for individuals with autism spectrum disorder. In tandem with her scoping review, she helped coordinate a research collaboration between the CHE and The Center for Discovery—a research-driven center for individuals with complex neurological conditions. 

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jordan founded the COVID Campus Coalition—a grassroots organization focused on combating COVID-19 misinformation by providing college students with factual information about COVID vaccines through social media platforms. She expanded the Coalition to over forty-five universities, and her efforts were featured live on CNN, in the New York Times, on NPR, and in US News. Through the Coalition, Jordan worked with public health officials and, ultimately the White House, to reach young vaccine hesitant populations. As a junior, she organized and led a livestream “COVID Vax Chat” with US Surgeon General Murthy to unite student leaders in a critical discussion surrounding COVID vaccines. Later that year, she applied her medical communication skills as the American Lung Association’s TikTok intern.

Jordan has been recognized for her ability to bring people together and set interdisciplinary ideas into motion. As a senior, she was the recipient of the State University of New York's (SUNY) Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. She is a member of Cornell’s Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society, Der Hexenkreis Honor Society, and Kappa Omicron Nu Human Sciences Honor Society. In July of 2023, she will begin her first year as a medical student at Harvard Medical School.

Jordan would like to thank the Human Ecology Alumni Association and her Human Ecology mentor, Dr. Nancy Wells. She also thanks her friends, family, and Cornell faculty who have provided her with unwavering support through all her ventures. She is thankful to the College of Human Ecology for providing her with a unique perspective surrounding her medical discipline that holistically embraces the human experience.

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