Kayla Garrett

Research professional/University of Georgia Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study

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Don’t be afraid to talk to someone.

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

Research and provide diagnostic support in the parasitology department

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I took microbiology in high school and loved it, but I also loved wildlife. In college my freshman year I took a course called wildlife parasites and was sold on the study

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

Publishing manuscripts has been a wild experience. I have never been confident in my writing skills, and to see papers that I have written with me a first author has been a great experience

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I like the discovery of STEM. There is something so satisfying in finding the first discovery of a parasite or the first to discover minute differences in parasites

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Don’t be afraid to talk to someone. I think women often worry about being a nuisance, but don’t let that hold you back. Be persistent if it is something you want to do

INSPO / FUN FACT

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

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