STEM Role Models
Stream Restoration Project Manager
"The best part of my job is also the hardest: problem solving. Each project is a puzzle and when it works, it’s incredibly satisfying."
"After working as a veterinarian for five years, I needed a change. I decided to go back to school and get a pharmacy degree."
"Being smart is cool! Never dull your shine to fit in!"
"My primary goal is to advocate for clean water and to always be mindful about how our decisions influence water quality."
"I have learned that I can be both a science nerd and confidently beautiful; the two are not mutually exclusive."
"I knew I wanted to be in science when I was in 8th grade working on my first science fair project: a motorized go-cart."
Ecology Graduate Student
"I work in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen with some really great people."
"My interest in music is the reason I study birds, bird songs, and communication - the language of how animals talk with each other."
"There is a lot of scientific curiosity in the world and everybody has a unique perspective to share."
“When you feel a small spark light within you, follow it, you might be surprised where it takes you.”
"My culture and background influenced my decision to pursue science."
"Growing up in my small, rural Montana town, I didn't see examples of research scientists. It wasn't until after I graduated from college that I had an opportunity to work in a research lab."
“Once you are in the computer science world, or the engineering world, you have the freedom to create new things.”
“A background in farming and ranching can help you, as a scientist, accurately identify the research needs of rural Montanans.”
“Sports has played an integral part of my life growing up.”
"College was an awesome time for me as the first member of my immediate family to attend. I absorbed everything I could about ancient life."
Research Graduate Student
"When you learn about science you are able to understand different points of view, weed out facts from fiction, and explore what interests you."
“One of my favorite quotes I live by that my father told me is that ‘you can do anything with your life as long as you put your mind to it.’”
"I'm the first generation in my family to attend college."
"Indigenous science, to me, is just a better understanding of the world."
"The best thing about my job is that I have the opportunity to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of western Montana."
"Growing up on a cattle farm, I absolutely loved spring time when there was a lot of running water through the corrals and ditches. I would spend hours using dirt, rocks, and sticks to dam up and re-route the water."
"Even as a child, I always had my own thoughts and ideas, and I never tried to fit in. I followed my heart and passion and tried to learn from all my experiences."
“After years of failed experiments, I became the first person in my family to get a PhD, with an invention to my name.”
"I was not one of those people who knew what I wanted to do or be when I grew up. I started going to college for the first time the year I turned 30!"
"My mentor and high school math teacher from the Washington State School for the Blind gave me the confidence to pursue physics, helping turn my dream into a goal."
Large Carnivore Ecologist
“I never had a person of color to guide me, and I’m trying to make sure that other students will.”