Category: College

Hispaniola Born Earthbound Explorer

I thought my biggest role in life was to become a wife and mother. As such, I ended up in a very toxic marriage right out of high school. I left the marriage and I ultimately became homeless. I actually...

/ November 9, 2017

The Courage to Say No

by William Yakah | Undergraduate Student (Neuroscience) | Michigan State University | Like many others in middle school, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to be in the future. In 6th grade, my class had a group of college students talk...

/ May 17, 2017

From Grandma’s Backyard to the Bench 

by Rodolfo Jimenez | Assistant Director – Summer Bridge at The University of Texas at Austin <>My parents were so young when they had me. They both had to put school on hold in order to provide for their new family....

/ April 24, 2017

Surviving as an underrepresented minority scientist

by Stories in Science Team <> In case you missed this article, songbird neurobiologist Dr. Erich Jarvis of The Rockefeller University was the recipient of the 2015 Ernest Everett Just Award from the American Society for Cell Biology. He wrote a...

/ March 12, 2017

My Journey with Science

Anonymous || I have been interested in science from a young age when I liked to build intricate contraptions that I called “inventions”. These gadgets made from rubber bands and other household items helped me explore how moving parts worked...

/ February 23, 2017

A non-linear path to the career I never knew I always wanted

By Valerie K. Haftel Ph.D | Associate Professor of Biology, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA I was always fascinated by animals, and how they work in nature.  I had a fondness for playing in streams with friends, catching frogs, collecting buckets of...

/ February 18, 2017

The Inner City Scientist

By Ketema Paul, PhD – Associate Professor at UCLA I have known I wanted to be a scientist since I was a kid. My earliest memory of wanting to be a scientist was 7 years old. Science was my favorite class and...

/ February 9, 2017

An expedition across the Atlantic Ocean

Stephanie Fiedler, PhD Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, Hamburg An alarming sound rings through the ice-cold air as a giant crane lifts my heavy boxes. I quickly search for a way through the maze of steep staircases. My adventure on...

/ January 28, 2017

A Lab-Coat AND Hiking Shoes

– Robert Sapolsky, PhD – – John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Professor and Professor of Neurology and Neurosurgery at Stanford University – I’ve spent my professional life juggling two careers.  First, as a lab neurobiologist, I study rats and cultured neurons, trying to understand...

/ January 22, 2017