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Abigail Carpenter Schmitt

Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas

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Find out what you love and pursue it. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something you love.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I research how people move, specifically when they have a disease or injury that makes it difficult and painful to walk.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

In my undergraduate Biomechanics class, we studied people with lower limb amputations and how it changed their ability to walk and run. It was the first time I found a field that combined math, science, anatomy, and even art to answer a question to improve the way people move.

WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"

I earned my PhD in a field I love and am excited to go to work in my own laboratory at the University every day. I make people's lives better by helping them move better.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I can introduce people to a burgeoning STEAM field and show them the practical applications of my research and how my findings can improve the quality of their lives.

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Find out what you love and pursue it. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something you love. Also, find out what you don't like to do. That is just as important.

INSPO / FUN FACT

Seek to be worth knowing rather than to be well-known.