Kyleigh Reese Hankton, born to Andre Hankton and Dr. Dionne Atley-McCurry, is a Senior Biology major with a concentration in Health Science at Alcorn State University (ASU).
A native of Zachary, Louisiana, Hankton chose Biology because she has always had a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). She loves the feeling of being able to do research while having fun. A major influence in her life is her mother. Hankton’s mother inspires her to be the growing woman that she is today. “My mother shows me each and every day that the sky’s the limit and there is nothing I can’t achieve without hard work and determination,” stated Hankton.
She is a member of several organizations on ASU’s campus such as Girl’s Coalition where she holds the position as the President for the 2022-2023 school term, Vice President of ASU Health Educators Reaching Other Students (H.E.R.O.S.) and she was granted the honor of being Miss ASU H.E.R.O.S., Vice President of the Biology Club, and Founder and President of The Coalition of Women of Color in STEM, also known as COWIS.
“I saw a need for camaraderie amongst women in STEM, a safe place for women of color to actually grow, learn and help one another and that’s the reason why I founded COWIS,” stated Hankton.
After graduating from Alcorn, Hankton plans to return and receive a Masters in Nursing.