Alissa grew up in Logan, UT and graduated from Logan High School. She is majoring in Nutrition Science at Utah State University. From her freshman year in college she has been an Undergraduate Research Fellow and active in the USU Honors program. She has been involved in several areas of research working on projects with the USU Human Nutrition Studies Center and with the faculty in the USU Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science Department. In addition to her schooling and undergraduate research, She works part time as an Undergraduate Teaching Fellow and enjoy traveling. After graduation, She plans to seek further opportunities in the medical field and pursue a Masters of Physician Assistant studies in order to help make quality medical care available to underserved, immigrant, and refugee populations in the U.S. and internationally.