Category: Minority

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

Finding My Path in STEM

Ever noticed yourself living your dreams, or so you thought, only to realize it was a farce all along?  That is the summary of my life. Well, until three months ago.

/ November 6, 2017

Activating My Tech Genes

Growing up without an interest in science, it was a bit strange that I always ended up doing science- related things. I was the average student that managed to make an impression on the people I came across. I got...

/ November 3, 2017

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

– Edritz Javelosa –  The luscious vegetation, crawling critters, warm beaches, and the tropical climate of the Philippines – an archipelago with more than 7,000 islands, tons of natural resources, and a wide range of biodiversity – was the setting...

/ September 15, 2017

The untapped genius that could change science for the better

– Jedidah Isler, Ph.D.- The transcript below the video is from a talk that Dr. Isler presented in August 2015 at an official TED conference. You can find the talk HERE. It  is included here with permission from Dr. Isler.  Great things...

/ September 1, 2017

Stride On

– Kwasi Agbleke, Ph.D. –  My journey through two decades has been that of mission, vision, and determination. As a young boy, I always had difficulty answering the question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For...

/ August 28, 2017

Better Get Used to Me

– Taylor Richardson | High School Student | The Bolles School –  Speech below was delivered at the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C.  My name is Taylor Richardson, I live in Jacksonville, Florida where I attend The Bolles...

/ July 23, 2017

How To Be a Superstar With No Instructions

– Marguerite Matthews –  At 4 years old, I was sure I’d be a superstar! My father has endless video recordings of me prancing around, belting out my favorite songs or performing mundane tasks with Shakespearean theatrics. I was ready at a moment’s notice to give the...

/ July 7, 2017

Scientist, Educator, or Both?

 – Khameeka Kitt-Hopper, Ph.D. –  Since I was a child I have always been interested in the human body and how we are in essence “put together”.  Observing how animals were anatomically organized from watching my father prepare birds and...

/ July 6, 2017

Science Without Disciplinary Borders: How my Interests in the Humanities Have Strengthened my Psychological Science

– by Tiffany N. Brannon | Assistant Professor | Department of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles – As children, my sister, Taquesha and I had a love for the humanities and science that extended beyond the boundaries of our school classrooms...

/ May 30, 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

Discovering my identity as a scientist

by Tyler A. Allen | NC State University, College of Veterinary Medicine |  My journey into science was a seemingly unexpected yet inevitable one. I am the first person in my family to venture into the field of science as a...

/ May 4, 2017

Take a Chance On Me

by Jessica Okoro | TEDxLeicester Jessica Okoro the founder and director of BeScience STEM. Their mission is to “bring STEM to communities that do not currently have the opportunity to experience different aspects of STEM and to explore career choices, explore...

/ April 25, 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

Books and family: My path towards the world of science

 – Mireille Kamariza –  – PhD candidate | Stanford University Biology Department –  I was born in Burundi, a small landlocked country in the heart of Africa. Today, I’m completing my last year of PhD at Stanford University, developing new...

/ April 21, 2017

I always thought I wanted to be a scientist

– Michelle Dookwah –  Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Georgia  I always thought I wanted to be a scientist, yet I considered other careers at brief points in my life. When I was really young, I wanted to...

/ April 14, 2017

Finding the Strength to Succeed

– Ashley Taylor –  5th Year PhD Candidate | Department of Chemistry | Louisiana State University Science was my first love because my parents also loved science. They made sure my siblings and I were introduced to science fairs, science...

/ March 30, 2017

A rollercoaster ride to finding my passion in computer science

– Ruth Agbaji – CEO & Founder at TheGradSpark I grew up in an academic environment. My father was into biochemistry research and my mom was a chemistry professor. They were – and still are – forward thinking people. As...

/ March 16, 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

To Be or Not To Be

Fanuel Muindi and Juan Carlos Escobar   Do you remember what you wanted to be when you were 12? I sure do! Well, I recently asked my Little what he wanted to be when he grew up.  I can’t believe...

/ February 26, 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