Interviews with ISBers

Every year the high school interns at ISB interview employees about their career path, research, and advice. Below is a list of the interviews from 2004 – 2020 (2021 coming soon) along with links to transcripts if available.

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“I think one of the things that helped me the most, that I’ve had, was…a background in the humanities. I think it’s less common in the STEM fields for someone to just craft a well-written narrative, you know, register a story. When it comes down to communicating your science to the world, you have to write a paper, recount your results in a narrative, in a story, and if you read most scientific papers, they are just a nightmare…But if you can make your papers more readable, your results will have more impact” –Sean Gibbons

“The education system isn’t structured in a useful way to train students for careers in STEM. Students are like taught to be like encyclopedias which is not useful for problem solving in the science field. As education progresses, science gets more specific and specialized. High school students should get excited about problem solving, and not giving up science disciplines.” –Nitin Baliga

“I started asking a lot of questions about nature rather than simply loving it for its inherent beauty. I started wondering “Why is this thing like that?” and “What impact are we having on the natural world?” I began taking more courses focused on research and learning how we are impacting the world (the animals, climate, and ecosystems).” –Jessica Day

“I think the bigger picture is that I found something that I’m good at, that I love, that improves quality of life for people, and is appreciated.” –Mark Egbert

“Pursue whatever really interests you, and think carefully about your path. Don’t let your peers persuade you into doing something that’s not for you” –Priyanka Baloni

“[If I was a crayon color, I’d] pick some of those new age crayons that had the twisty two color in it. The swirly ones that you can twist it and it will draw different colors. I would pick one of those crayons and if I had to pick a color I’d maybe pick cranberry and orange. I don’t think I could pick between two colors like I can’t pick between art and science either” –Nina Arens

STEM Professional Name, with links to the interview transcript (if available)

Abrar Abidi, BS
Alison Paquette, PhD
Amanda Shu
Annie Otwell, PhD
Becky Howsmon, PhD
Bruz Marzolf
Chris Witwer
Claudia Ludwig, MEd (2018, 2017, 2007, 2006)
Deep Kaur, PhD
Elisabeth Wurtmann, PhD, MS, CGC
Eliza Peterson, PhD (2018, 2017)
Gustavo Glusman, PhD (2018, 2013)
Henry Hampton, PhD
Hsiao-Ching Chou
Jake Valenzuela, PhD (2018, 2017)
James Park, PhD
Jared Roach, Md, PhD (2018, 2010)
Jeannine Sieler (2007, 2006)
Jessica Day
Josh McBee
Kathie A. Walters, PhD
Leah Rommereim, PhD
Lee Rowen, PhD (2017, 2009)
Leroy Hood, MD, PhD (2017, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009)
Marc Facciotti
Mark Egbert, DDS
Maryann Watkins
Matt Wall, PhD
Min Pan, Md (2018, 2003)
Monica Orellana, PhD (2017, 2015, 2012, 2010)
Naeha Subramanian, PhD
Nina Arens
Nitin Baliga MSc, PhD (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2009, 2003)
Phu Van
Priyanka Baloni, PhD
Renee Duprel
Rich Bonneau
Robert Moritz, PhD
Robert West
Sean Gibbons
Serdar Turkarslan, PhD (2016, 2016 video)
Theo Knijnenberg, PhD
Victor Ng
Vivek Srinivas, PhD

Words of Wisdom 2015 (Nitin Baliga, Lee Hood, Monica Orellana)
Words of Wisdom 2014 (Sissy Bouchard, Richard Gelinas, Naeha Subramanian, Nathan Price, Sui Huang)
Interviews 2011 (Juan Caballero, Nicolas Pinel, Ryan Pelan)
Facilities Workers 2009 (Becky Johnson, Sean Clisham, Steve Sample)