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April Booth

​Fresno State
Trustee Emeritus Peter Mehas Scholar

April Booth

Through participation in research projects, I realized pursuing a doctoral degree and participating in research could be a way to help people with neurological diseases or conditions.

​​April Booth's family was involved in a car accident when she was three that resulted in her mother becoming a quadriplegic. This physical disability prevented April's mother from finding employment, and as a result, her father raised April as a single parent. As an undergraduate student at California State University, Fresno, April's leadership roles on campus included serving as the historian, treasurer and president of the Tri Beta Biological Society. She participated in a variety of service activities, including volunteering at Valley Children's Hospital in Madera and for river clean-ups.

April recently earned bachelor's degrees in biology and chemistry and is currently completing a graduate degree in biology with plans to pursue a doctoral degree in neuroscience. For her research project, April is testing the effects of caffeine on the memory and lifespan of fruit flies expressing Alzheimer's symptoms. April's other research projects range from studying the development of plant-parasitic round worms to studying microalgae. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.