Dana Scully earned a BA in physics from the University of Maryland, and went on to earn a medical degree at Stanford University. While there she was recruited by the FBI as a forensics pathologist and criminal investigator. Her public success with the bureau led to a significant increase in the number of young women choosing careers in the STEM fields—a phenomenon known in the academic arena as the Scully Effect.
Number 231 in an ongoing series celebrating remarkable women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
April Fool. Dana Scully may be a fictional character from the television program The X-Files, but the Scully Effect is a real phenomenon. The character demonstrably inspired many young women to pursue careers in science, medicine, and law enforcement.