Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training program

Kayla Conner working in her lab
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A Michigan State University scientist is determined to increase the number of women and girls going into STEM fields. Kayla Conner is a microbiologist. She says she wouldn’t be the doctoral student she is today if it weren’t for her high school chemistry teacher, Ms. Hardin.


Kyle Card holding a petri dish
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Michigan State University biologist and Ph.D. candidate Kyle Card studies resistance to antibiotics. He became a scientist despite genetic syndromes affecting many parts of his body.

Nkrumah Grant
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He grew up in the public housing projects, dropped out of high school and spent time in juvenile detention. That’s how the story of evolutionary biologist and Michigan State University Ph.D. candidate Nkrumah Grant began. But he’ll be the first to tell you, where you started doesn’t have to dictate where you end up.