Pathways to STEM Success
This forensic scientist is taking crime science out of the lab
Kelly Knight uses her past struggles and passion for forensics to inspire her students.
Lack of diversity in his field has troubled this mathematician
As a kid, Edray Goins didn’t like math. But he fell in love with the subject in college and is now training the next generation of minority mathematicians.
Before working on spacecraft, this engineer overcame self-doubt
Tiera Fletcher once dreamed of working on spacecraft. Gaining confidence helped her become an engineer who designs vehicles for moon or Mars travel.
Desert trails and microbial life excite this soil scientist
To help her desert community, Lydia Jennings focuses her research on how mining affects soil microbes.
Health & Medicine
This scientist wants to know how racial discrimination gets ‘under the skin’
Racism could have derailed Leticia Márquez-Magaña’s path to science. Now she studies the biological impact of stress faced by underrepresented groups.
Weight lifting is this planetary scientist’s pastime
Beck Strauss uses magnetic fields to explore the makeup of Earth and other planets.By Bryn Nelson
An accident didn’t stop this geologist from doing field work
Anita Marshall works to make it easier for other people with physical disabilities to pursue a research career.
How an encounter with this odd-looking bird inspired a career
Kevin Burgio overcame many hardships to become a scientist. Now he studies how animals like the Carolina parakeet and Tasmanian tiger went extinct.By Bryn Nelson
Curiosity drives this neuroscientist and artist
Christine Liu studies the brain on nicotine — and used Instagram to bring together women doing incredible science.
This scientist wants to motivate you to fight climate change
Getting lost in science fiction helps Shahzeen Attari reimagine what our future could look like.