This past semester, Abigail Ballard, Odessa Goudy, and Morgan Walker, served as Shadow A Scientist graduate student science ambassadors.
Shadow A Scientist focuses on providing opportunities for high school students to interact with science in an exciting new way by experiencing a day in the life of a research scientist. This program highlights the opportunity for students of all backgrounds to become a researcher and break down barriers and myths that currently prevent young students from populations historically underrepresented in the sciences from pursuing science.Shadow A Scientist visits typically consist of research presentations, “Path to Science” presentations, and lab tours by graduate students from a variety of disciplines including biological, environmental, health, and physical sciences. During the visit, graduate students share insights on scientific career paths, discuss their innovative research, and answer questions about being a scientist. This semester, there were three virtual visits for students in East Burke High School, East Bladen High School, and with Upward Bound, a pre-college program that supports students in their pursuit of higher education!
Abigail Ballard, a graduate student in the Bergmeier lab, led each of the three wrap-up sessions, providing additional paid science internships to the high school students.
Odessa Goudy, a graduate student in the Kulhman lab, shared how her upbringing in a small town in Oregon and summer research experiences shaped her love of science.
Morgan Walker, a biological chemistry graduate student in the Redinbo lab shared her path in science, from her interest in veterinary medicine in high school to her current research on the human gut microbiome.We are so proud of our graduate students who made these three virtual visits memorable, engaging, and full of helpful advice to our future scientists!