LeeCole Legette, PhD
Faculty Mentor

LeeCole Legette PhD 

LeeCole Legette, PhD
Peer Mentor since 2011
Faculty Mentor since 2012


Dr. LeeCole Legette has had a variety of mentoring experiences with diverse populations that enables her to serve as a great asset for the FASEB MARC Peer Mentoring Program. During her undergraduate studies, LeeCole mentored high school students (incoming college freshman) in a five-week nanobiotechnology research program at Cornell University.  She also served as a program assistant for a pre-freshman summer program which involved planning and conducting several informative and recreational programs for high school, college, and visiting research scholars.

To enhance her mentoring skills, LeeCole focused on one-on-one mentoring during her graduate studies and became involved in her departmental mentoring programs which matched undergraduate students with graduate mentors based on similar interests. She answered questions about her experiences in research and provided information on various aspects of research positions in academia, industry and government.

Currently, Dr. Legette serves as a committee member and honors thesis mentor for an underrepresented minority student at Oregon State University (OSU) as part of the University Honors College. She provides guidance and direction in research projects for other undergraduate and graduate students in her lab as well.  She is also active with the Black Graduate Student Association at OSU and participates in undergraduate outreach programs such as workshops describing details for success in graduate school. LeeCole hopes to continue to develop and hone her mentoring skills in the FASEB MARC Peer Mentoring Program and looks forward to engaging the students at the ABRCMS conference.

Mentor's Motivational Message

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ”  - Maya Angelou


Contact Information
Affiliation:  Post Doctoral Research Scholar
 Linus Pauling Institute
 Oregon State University
  437 Linus Pauling Science Center
 Corvallis, OR  97331
Phone:  541.737.9804
Fax:  541.737.5077
Email:  legettel@onid.orst.edu
FASEB Society Member:  ASN
Scientific Discipline:  Nutrition
ABRCMS 2011 Mentor:  YES

Breaking the Ice - LeeCole's "Q&A"
 What’s your favorite season? 

 Spring because it signals a new start …a rebirth of sorts with flowers budding, longer days with sunshine and gentle breezes.
 What’s your favorite line from a movie?

 “Get busy living or get busy dying.”    The Shawshank Redemption
 If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would the 3 words be?
 Loyal.  Persistent.  Energetic.
 Name the song title that best describes your life. 
 Golden by Jill Scott
 What do people like best about you?
 My commitment to see all of my obligations through
 Washington DC / Prince George’s County, MD
 If you could have one super human power, what would it be?  Teleporting
 What quality do you need in order to succeed ? Why?
 I believe one of the most important qualities for success is optimism. You have to have hope to carry you through the obstacles on your way to success.

 What one line would you put on your tombstone?
 "The best is yet to come…off to her craziest journey yet!"

 What was the first car you drove?
 1999 Chevy Cavalier named Mae

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