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How often do you think about science and how it benefits you? From the soap, deodorant, and cosmetics we use, to the food we eat, and the air we breathe — science is all around us. We depend on the research, innovation, and work of scientists and STEM professionals — outcomes which are improved by diverse teams — to keep us safe, healthy, and informed.

We want to spend the next few weeks illuminating the various fields of science as well as AWIS members and partners that work in these spaces. Join us on this journey to meet some amazing people and appreciate their contributions to society.

Scientists and STEM professionals do one or more of the following

(Flip each purple box to see other sample careers that map to the stated benefit)

Help us understand the universe

  • Physics and astrophysics
  • Space exploration
  • Aerospace engineering

Summer of Science - Dr. Cristina Chuck-Hernandez - Food Engineering

Ensure a clean environment, water, air, and energy

  • Environmental protection
  • Wind, solar, and hydroelectricity
  • Biofuels and waste management

Summer of Science, Emily Royer, Conservation Science

Ensure a sustainable and affordable food supply

  • Agricultural science and engineering
  • Plant breeding and genetics
  • Seed technology and plant health
  • Soil science and irrigation
  • Crop protection and weed science
  • Biodiversity and conservation
  • Animal science
  • Environmental science

Dr. Ronda Hamm, Entomologist

Produce convenient and nutritious food and other consumer products

  • Food science and technology
  • Quality assurance and food safety
  • Public health administration
  • Research and development of cosmetics and cleaning products
  • Pulp and paper products
  • Fermentation science

Summer of Science - Dr. Cristina Chuck-Hernandez - Food Engineering

Help us understand and adjust behavior

  • Neuroscience
  • Animal behavior
  • Counseling and clinical psychology
  • Social sciences

Summer of Science: Dr. Lataisia Jones, neuroscience

Extend and improve quality of life

  • Biology, physiology, kinesiology and rehabilitation sciences
  • Chemistry, pharmacology and drug development
  • Microbiology, pathology, epidemiology, etc.
  • Genetics, biomedical engineering
  • Psychology, public health






Help us grasp complex concepts and trust conclusions

  • Science Communications
  • SciArt
  • Science Policy
  • Ethics

Summer of Science - Dr. Marika Nell & Dr. Kevin McDermott - Science Policy

Collect, safeguard, and analyze data to identify trends and inform decisions

  • Computer science and cybersecurity
  • Data science and data analytics
  • Biomedical and health informatics
  • AI and machine learning
  • Software development






Make products, machines, and infrastructure stronger and more efficient

  • Materials science and packaging
  • Nanotechnology
  • Civil and structural engineers
  • Mechanical engineers
  • Electrical engineers
  • Biomedical engineers

Laiba Bilal - Nanotechnology

Uncover the past to help predict the future

  • Anthropology
  • Paleontology
  • Forensics

Summer of Science: Dr. Holly Porter - Forensic Science

Monitor and predict catastrophic events

  • Geographic information systems
  • Meteorology
  • Geology, seismology, vulcanology

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