Kelsey Pierce ‘20 has accepted a dual position as a clinical research coordinator and associate with the Cancer Center Protocol Office Breast Oncology team at Massachusetts General Hospital following graduation. Ranked second in the nation for “Best Hospital” by the U.S. News & World Report, Pierce will join a premiere medical team in Boston.
In her role, Pierce will work with breast cancer patients who are participating in clinical trials to monitor the effectiveness of new treatment methods. She will maintain documents and reports, schedule patient visits and provide critical updates to the pharmaceutical companies supporting the trials.
Katherine Hesler ’18 is also a clinical research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital. Hesler and Pierce first connected on LinkedIn when Pierce identified their shared affiliation to Hobart and William Smith. Hesler then introduced Pierce to the Breast Oncology Team and Clinical Research Program Manager at the hospital and informed her of an opening position early in the hiring process. “Without Katherine’s generosity, I would not have found out about the opportunity,” Pierce says.
A biology major with a minor in mathematics, Pierce believes her experience working on two summer research projects with members of the Colleges’ faculty helped her resume stand out.
Last summer, Pierce studied the cytotoxicity of anti-cancer agents with Associate Professor of Biology Patricia Mowery which provided her with the background knowledge for more general cancer research and clinical research.
Before her junior year, Pierce conducted research with Assistant Professor of Chemistry Kristin Slade and other research assistants in which they created a “laboratory model to mimic the crowding that occurs inside living cells to better understand how this crowding affects enzymes, such as yeast alcohol dehydrogenase.” Pierce presented this research with Charmaine Chung ’19 and won an award at Binghamton University’s Conference in Undergraduate Chemistry Research.
On campus, Pierce is a member of the William Smith field hockey team and participates in both the Rising Stars and The Core athletic leadership groups. She is also a member of the HWS chapter of Colleges Against Cancer. Pierce is a past member of the HWS Jazz Ensemble and Pre-Health Professions Club. She is a member of the Laurel and Hai Timiai honor societies and works in the William Smith Dean’s office and Winn-Seeley offices.