What Makes Me a Scientist

What Makes Me a Scientist?” is a program which highlights the unique skills, experiences and perspectives that different people bring to their scientific careers and the diversity of pathways.  We understand that being a scientist is more than what is listed on a CV and is not only defined by having a career at the bench.  Scientists have unique suites of characteristics, behaviors, and interests that help them succeed.  One person might have the endurance for science learned from her experiences backpacking as a child; another might have developed resilience through struggling with a learning disability.  In this series, our speakers to speak not only about their experiences and interests, but also about the characteristics, habits, and dispositions that make them a successful scientist. The goal of this series is to expand students’ views of what a scientist is and to emphasize that there are many productive ways to define a successful scientific career.  

The series is open to the entire Duke community and hopefully encourages many of our students in underrepresented backgrounds to consider scientific careers who may have otherwise found the field to be uninteresting or unattainable.