• Question: How did you know youwanted to be a scientist

    Asked by Eli to Jonathan, Kellie, Kevin, Melissa, Stephanie on 28 Apr 2016.
    • Photo: Jonathan Jackson

      Jonathan Jackson answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      I am not sure what kinds of origin stories that my fellow scientists will write, but I’ve always been curious about the world around me. I’m not sure there was ever a time when I stood up in a library and shouted, “Eureka! I shall be a scientist! Quick, to the laboratory!” I just got really nerdy about brain stuff in high school, and kept being nerdy about brain stuff in college until I realized I would need to go to graduate school in order to continue learning new nerdy brain things. In graduate school, you stop learning things from other people and start creating new knowledge, and that was even more fun for me, and I just had to keep going. Before I knew it, I was a scientist!

    • Photo: Stephanie Moon

      Stephanie Moon answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      I knew I wanted to do biology as a career when I was in high school, but I didn’t know what exactly I wanted to do. There are so many cool careers and jobs out there, and I didn’t really know about many of the options then. It wasn’t until a few years into college that I decided to try to go to graduate school and be a researcher. I knew that I liked to ask questions and that I wanted to be a part of making discoveries instead of only reading about them.

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      Kevin Baker answered on 28 Apr 2016:

      I knew I wanted to be a scientist after taking a chemistry course in college. I liked the passion that my professors had for the subject, and it gave me a lot of things to think about. Science is everywhere and there is so much we do not know about the world! I knew I had to be a part of finding things out about the world. Do you want to be a scientist?

    • Photo: Melissa Wilson Sayres

      Melissa Wilson Sayres answered on 30 Apr 2016:

      I always liked mathematics, but hadn’t thought about doing scientific research until I did a summer research experience for undergraduates (REU) when I was in college. I didn’t even know that something called a Ph.D. existed and was an option. I had only ever been exposed to medicine and M.D./D.D.S type post-baccalaureate options.

    • Photo: Kellie Jaremko

      Kellie Jaremko answered on 3 May 2016:

      Hi Eli,

      I became interested in science and medicine very early. It was not until I started doing research during college that I knew I wanted to be a scientist. I was studying placentas (the tissue the keeps the baby safe and nourished during pregnancy) and after months of collecting data when we plotted a graph and it answered our question I was so excited. The next day seeing a newborn and talking to the mother that gave us the placenta was so rewarding because we got to tell them what we found. It was great to see someone who just went through so much giving birth be excited about our research. I was hooked.