Lace Padilla and Lauren Williams have been named to the 2017 cohort of the STEM Ambassadors program. The program, funded by the National Science Foundation, is designed to engage the public in a better understanding of scientific topics and to encourage scientists to communicate their research findings more broadly.
"It's an opportunity to get people who wouldn't otherwise be exposed to science and research involved," says Lauren. "The goal of every scientist should be to bring their research back to the community in some way."
"It's exciting to have mentorship in communication," Lace adds. "Now more than ever, it's important to speak to people in terms they understand, which as scientists we're not trained to do. It's great to have a group of people helping with that process."
Lace is advised by Sarah Creem-Regehr, and Lauren is advised by Trafton Drew.
More information on the STEM Ambassador program is available here.