Katie Harris

Medical Student, Memorial University of Newfoundland

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What do you do?

Aspiring flight surgeon and aeromedical technology researcher

Why did you choose this field?

I first became interested in space while learning to navigate by the stars with my family while sailing. Throughout high school, I was encouraged by a slew of amazing teachers to take advanced math and physics courses, which led me to study Astrophysics in university.

From there, I was encouraged by my supervisors to explore all areas of research, and my experience in instrumentation led me to the crossover between space and medicine. I became fascinated by the human body and its changes during microgravity. With the help of my supervisors and family, I applied to medical school and the International Space University. After completing a Masters of Space Studies with a focus on human performance in space, I began my medical studies.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

Successfully living and studying in three different countries over the course of four months in order to work towards my goal of becoming a flight surgeon.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because of the ability to tap into the awe and wonder space and science can inspire, while also working towards advancements in healthcare that can improve life for people on Earth. I look forward to learning something new everyday, and working towards solutions in healthcare that are applicable in space and on the ground.

Best advice for next generation?

Start building towards your dreams early, and keep your options open. Read more on subjects that interest you, and keep your eyes open for opportunities and mentors. No step towards your goal is too small.

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