October 2, 2019

Twenty-three-year-old Alayna Westcom stood onstage in a white dress with a blue atom emblem, blue shoes, and lab glasses. On a table covered by a white tablecloth, she added hydrogen peroxide and potassium iodide to a little soap and then stepped back to watch. "Don't...

August 22, 2019

When Rashmi Shah was young, she spent time helping her parents, both scientists, process and catalog samples of plant matter that they had collected. This wasn't a one-time occurrence. Growing up in Nepal in a math-and-science household, science and research were a nat...

August 2, 2019

Kathryne Jansen's parents encouraged her to pursue a traditional career path. Like many parents, they wanted her to go to college, get a degree, and go off to work in a field with job security, good pay, and solid benefits. She tried this, applying to Berry, a private...

August 2, 2019

Carmen Cabana wouldn't say that she comes from a particularly artistic family, but the inspiration for her cinematography career did begin when she was a child in Colombia. Born with a leg issues, she had to wear a cast on both legs for a number of years, so she grew u...

June 24, 2019

Lisa Goel was born and raised in a rural town in Mississippi. Her father, a general and vascular surgeon as well as a family physician, moved to this small town because of its great need for doctors. She was inspired by his “daily service and dedication toward helping...

June 24, 2019

Mercedes Cornelius was the kind of child who ended up in the principal’s office once in a while—but at the same time she was smart. She loved to read and spent hours at the library finding every reason she could to stay there, even working there for a time. She was ver...