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Pathways to STEM Career Panel

Event summary


2/7, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM CST


Included with admission


About this event

Network with Museum professionals with a panel discussion and reception

Join us for a discussion about how three Black scientists launched their careers, plus advice they would give to anyone interested in pursuing a pathway to STEM. The panel will feature marine scientist Bryce Corbett, enthnoarchaeologist Larissa Smith, PhD, and Edward Vaughn V, an aerospace engineer turned professional guitarist.

This event is free and open to the public. Join us in the James Simpson Theatre on the ground floor.

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Bryce Corbett

Bryce is a coral research scientist with a passion for exploration and outreach. From working on fishing vessels in Alaska to investigating coral disease at Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida, Bryce has grown her passion for marine life through a variety of experiences. In recent years, Bryce's passion for community activism has increased tenfold. She hopes to continue her work in the marine field while prioritizing advocating for other Black women in science.

Larissa Smith, PhD

Larissa's research includes the ethnoarchaeological and regional approach to understanding and re-interpreting forager resiliency over more than 1500 years, combining archaeological, ethnograph, history documents, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology with a minor in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona, Tucson and a doctorate from the University of Illinois Chicago. Larissa is a professor at Loyola University.

Edward Vaughn V

Edward is a rocket scientist turned rock star. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and launched his career as a GIS engineer, but has since made a bold move to transition from engineering to be a professional guitarist. Today, Edward balances a network engineer role in information technology with his pursuit of music.