A Conversation with …

… Becky about her research and why she is involved with STEM outreach.

What is your current position?

I’m currently a PhD Student in Biomedical Engineering at Yale.

Where did you go to college?

I majored in biomedical engineering at Boston University.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Spencer, MA.

What was your favorite subject in high school?

Psychology

Who is your STEM role model?

My former labmate Kshitiz. He’s now a UCONN professor and what I’d call a “social” scientist. He takes the time to get to know people and builds interesting scientific collaborations in the process!

What is the focus of your research?

I study the molecular mechanisms that cells use to migrate. An improved understanding of cell migration can help us identify ways to prevent cancer from spreading in the body.

What is the coolest part of your job?

Going to conferences and getting to share my work with scientists from around the world!

Why did you decide to go to grad school?

When I was a student at BU, I started working in a science lab to make some extra money and I loved it! I enjoy the creativity involved in my job every day.

What is your favorite part about doing STEM outreach?

When I was in high school, I enjoyed the challenge of my math and science classes, but I didn’t have a good sense of the career paths that were available to me. Participating in science outreach gives me the opportunity to make STEM careers tangible to students and to teach them about the impact that scientists and engineers have every day!

What is a fun fact about you?

I am a huge reality tv fan! Survivor is my favorite, and I watch every Wednesday!

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