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DC-CAP STEM Career Series

The STEM Ready Career Series showcases individuals from diverse STEM disciplines. These professionals have been interviewed to delve into their respective careers, shedding light on their educational background, previous employment experiences, and the journey that led them to their present positions.

The objective of the series is to familiarize students with STEM professionals and gain insights into the educational paths required to pursue careers in specific  STEM fields. Through two key activities, (1) watching videos and (2) completing surveys, students have the opportunity to earn additional participation credit towards their STEM scholarship. 

Introduction to STEM Careers Video Survey

#1. Introduction to STEM Careers

In this video, we explore the essence of STEM and examine how professionals apply principles derived from science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in their respective career paths.

STEM Career: Biomedical Researcher Video Survey

#2. STEM Career: Biomedical Researcher

This video showcases the pathway from majors like biology and chemistry to a rewarding career as a biological researcher. Dr. Shyrethra Brown, a biomedical researcher specializing in sports science, serves as our guide, sharing valuable insights into the possibilities and advantages of pursuing this profession with STEM skills.

STEM Career: Architect Video Survey

#3. STEM Career: Architect

In this video, we explore how obtaining a degree in architecture can pave the way for a prominent role as an architect within a construction company. Javier Guzman, a highly experienced architect with over 15 years of expertise in the field, enlightens us about the abundant opportunities that arise from pursuing a career as an architect.

STEM Career: Data Scientist Video Survey

#4. STEM Career: Data Scientist

In this video, we explore the promising prospects of a career in computer and data science for students with a passion for mathematics and science. We engage in a conversation with Reli Morales, a data scientist based in the Washington, DC area, who shares insights about his job responsibilities and sheds light on the vast array of opportunities that await aspiring data scientists.

STEM Career: Health Policy Video Survey

#5. STEM Career: Health Policy

In this video, we delve into the pivotal role of health policy advisors who leverage STEM knowledge and collaborate with professionals in the field to shape healthcare decisions. Brittney Roy, the Director of Public Health at the NGA (National Governors Association), provides us with a comprehensive understanding of her job responsibilities and sheds light on the multifaceted nature of this role.

STEM Career: Aerospace Engineer Video Survey

#6. STEM Career: Aerospace Engineer

In this video, we explore the world of aerospace engineering and the application of science and mathematics in fulfilling our aspirations of flight. We have the privilege of speaking with Mark Branch, an aerospace engineer at NASA, who shares insights into his role and emphasizes the thrilling nature of his job.

STEM Career: Cybersecurity Video Survey

#7. STEM Career: Cybersecurity

In this video, we delve into the growing significance of cybersecurity in our everyday lives. Our conversation with Caroline Elshazli, a cybersecurity professional, sheds light on the criticality of her work and the vital role it plays in safeguarding our digital landscape.

STEM Career: Medical Doctor Video Survey

#8. STEM Career: Medical Doctor

In this video, we embark on a journey to explore the path toward becoming a medical doctor. Joining us is Alexander Gordon, a dedicated student at the University of Miami who is currently pursuing a doctorate in medicine. Through his insights, we gain valuable knowledge about the pursuit of a medical career.

STEM Career: Oceanography Video Survey

#9. STEM Career: Oceanography

In this video, we delve into the correlation between a STEM major in college and a rewarding career as an oceanographer. Joining us is Ebone Pierce, a physicist, and oceanographer employed by the United States Navy. Through her expertise, we gain valuable insights into the professional journey of an oceanographer and the potential that lies within pursuing a STEM education.

STEM Career: Pharmacy Video Survey

#10. STEM Career: Pharmacy

In this video, we delve into the potential career path of pharmacy that can be pursued with a degree in biology, chemistry, or pharmacy itself. Dr. Jamie Wilkins, a pharmacist working at Pfizer, joins us to shed light on the diverse roles and responsibilities that pharmacists undertake in their professional journey. Through this insightful conversation, we gain a comprehensive understanding of the possibilities that lie within the field of pharmacy.

STEM Career: Psychiatry Video Survey

#11. STEM Career: Psychiatry

In this video, we explore the pathways available for students interested in pursuing a career in psychology. Our interviewee is Andre Rosario, a third-year resident in the Department of Psychiatry at Howard University Hospital. Through his valuable insights, we gain a deeper understanding of the steps and opportunities involved in building a successful career in the field of psychology.