Elizabeth Ann Kirman
STEM/Science Instructor at Harrisburg University and Lower Dauphin High School
Girls, accept that you can achieve any goal you desire.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I have the best job in the world! I facilitate students in designing and creating prototypes to solve real-world problems and present their work in local, state, national, and international competitions.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
I remember clearly when I knew I would be a scientist. I was exploring and discovered fossils on the Appalachian Mountains where I lived when I was 10 years old. I collected, sorted, and reorganized them by their different properties. I was classifying before I even knew that is what I was doing! From that point on, I had the desire to figure out how the natural world worked and changed over time.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
I wish the younger me knew that one day I would find a diplodocus fossil on a dig in Montana that would end up in a museum!!
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
I love watching my students pursue their passions. I wake up each morning knowing that I will make a difference to a student that day!
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
Girls, accept that you can achieve any goal you desire. Achieving that goal takes persistence and patience. I earned my Ph.D. the month I turned 50! You may not be able to achieve your goal in a perfect timeline, but it is possible if you do not quit.
INSPO / FUN FACT
“Be a first-rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.” – Judy Garland