Parents, mentors, curiosity inspire passion for science
For Black History Month, we asked NSF Graduate Research fellows “Why a career in science?” Here are more of their answers.
“I study new technologies for making fertilizers and disinfectants from human urine. Why? Because making value out of urine can avoid water pollution and increase access to toilets. I use electrochemistry and ion exchange to capture nitrogen in useful forms. Science has always been exciting to me because of the model of asking and figuring out how to answer questions. I am thankful for lots of mentors and opportunities that pointed me to where I am today: combining my love for problem solving with improving the health of overlooked people and our environment.”
William A. Tarpeh, Ph.D. student, Department of Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
“Early in my scientific career, the NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) supported my research project at University of California San Francisco (UCSF) identifying pharmacological regulators of cilia length. This experience inspired me to join the Physiology program at Yale, which allows me to pursue similar interests and apply my basic science training to a medically relevant disease.”
– Lindsey Stavola, Ph.D. candidate, Yale School of Medicine