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Diversify STEM: Youth Connections

  • Saturday, April 28, 2018
  • 10:00am - 11:30am

Join us at Triangle SciTech Expo for this exciting opportunity for middle and high school youth from all backgrounds to hear inspirational women and minority STEM professionals speak about their careers and share their personal stories. You’ll have a chance to ask questions and learn more about each professional’s pathway to science. In addition, participants from the Museum’s spring Girls in Science program will be attending and sharing posters about women in science they’ve met this school year.

Diversify STEM: Youth Connections aims to break down stereotypes about what it means to be a scientist or work in STEM fields, and introduce teens to diverse role models in these fields, challenging the typical idea of what a scientist looks like. All are welcome!

Pre-registration is required for groups. Families and individuals do not need to register, but please arrive early as seating is limited and will be first come, first served. To register or inquire about transportation assistance for your group, please contact Erin Apple at 919.707.9951 or erin.apple@naturalsciences.org.


Dr. Chelsey Juarez, Rene Daughtry, Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, Dr. Richard Lee Watkins III. Speakers (left to right): Dr. Chelsey Juarez, Rene Daughtry, Dr. Stephanie Schuttler, Dr. Richard Lee Watkins III.

Dr. Chelsey Juarez
Assistant professor in the NCSU Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Juarez focuses on forensic anthropology and provenience investigations through isotope analysis. She uses isotopes from human bones, hair and teeth to identify the region of origin and migratory behaviors. Juarez works in the Osteological Investigations Laboratory on campus, conducting active forensic isotope case work for states across the country. Her research interests focus on provenience investigations within the Latino Diaspora through time. Juarez has worked to develop an isotope map of Mexico to aid in the identification and repatriation of deceased unidentified Latino border crossers. Her work on this and other topics including trauma, child abuse, and intimate partner violence has been published in anthropology journals, anatomy journals and books.

Rene Daughtry
Program Manager at Cisco Systems and Founder/CEO of Aisymmetry LLC
Rene Daughtry has inspired many at Cisco with his innovative leadership at the Research Triangle Park campus. In communities across the Triad, he continues to promote Lego robotics and coding, through his own business called Aisymmetry which focuses on youth and STEAM. He refers to engineering as problem solving and calls for young people to be creative disruptive innovators.

Dr. Stephanie Schuttler
Postdoctoral Research Associate at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Dr. Stephanie Schuttler is a mammalogist with strong interests in animal behavior, and molecular and movement ecology, especially applied research that impacts the conservation of threatened and endangered species. She is working with North Carolina teachers under the Students Discover program to implement eMammal, a citizen science camera-trapping program, into the curriculum of middle school classrooms, and will use the student-collected data to study urban mammals. She also studies social behavior in mammals, specifically the social structure of African forest elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis). Dr. Schuttler often speaks on the topic of stereotypes of women in science and can be found on Twitter @FancyScientist.

Dr. Richard Lee Watkins III
American scientist, politician, community organizer, academic and entrepreneur.
Watkins was born in 1985 in Tyler, Texas and was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dr. Watkins graduated from Fayetteville State University in 2007 and began his studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine in 2009. After earning his PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he founded The Science Policy Action Network, Inc. (SPAN), where he serves as the organization’s chief executive officer. Dr. Watkins is also a program coordinator with the Chancellor’s Science Scholars Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



April 28
10:00 am - 11:30 am


WRAL 3D Theater

Downtown Raleigh
11 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
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Erin Apple