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WHAT: This website is dedicated to helping high school and college students interested in pursuing a STEM career (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) make educated decisions regarding a career path.


HOW: The podcast hosts practicing professionals, college professors and college students. The focus will be to provide insights into STEM professions, what is required to get through the curriculum and additional strategies to guide you towards a successful career.


WHY: For example, the engineering 1st year retention rate is roughly 75%, however, the 5 year graduation rate is only about 50%, thus only about 1/2 of students graduate with an engineering degree. We want to help increase the retention and graduation rate for all STEM degrees!

THE GOAL: The overall goal is to increase the graduation rate by igniting your passion in a STEM career by exploring current and emerging STEM career opportunities. In addition, the podcast will help prepare you to manage challenges that may arise during your studies. You will gain strategies and confidence to overcome potentially demanding classes, giving you an edge, and in today’s competitive environment you want to have an advantage!

My personal goal is to help you be successful!

85: Epidemiology and Biostatistics – Stop Starting and Start Finishing! – Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter earned a Bachelor’s in Phycology and PHD in Epidemiology and Biostatistics and is a Post-Doctoral researcher at Ohio State. [0:0] Rebecca is a Post-doctoral researcher in cardiovascular medicine and goes into what careers are available in Epidemiology – you could work for the CDC – Center for Disease Center as well as other…

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84: Physics and PHD in Solar Physics studying the Sun – Stephanie Yardley

Stephanie Yardley earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Physics and a PHD in Solar Physics and is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of St. Andrews in Scottland. [0:40] She is focused and studying the eruptions that come from the sun, and those eruptions can disrupt technology on earth. There is the solar wind,…

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83: Computer Science and Entrepreneur: You need to architect your career – Chris Smith

Chris Smith earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Michigan State University and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the University of Minnesota and is the Director of Personal Healthcare Technology Innovation. [0:30] Director of Innovation, wearable devices, drone delivery, AI, Augmented reality to name few. [2:13] Chris hires new college grads, so we get…

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