Marguerite Matthews

Health Program Specialist, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

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Have the confidence and courage to be curious and inquisitive.

What do you do?

I support and promote NINDS diversity initiatives and programs that provide neuroscience research training and career development for students and early career investigators underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.

Why did you choose this field?

In graduate school, many of my peers had crippling worries and concerns about their potential careers because in doctoral programs we are not trained to be confident professionals. So I made it my priority to both be a keen scientist with an arsenal of technical skills and other career competencies. Now I have a career that works to ensure scientists, especially those from underrepresented groups, have access to stellar research training and career development opportunities.

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

I never thought I would get paid to do a job that I love and fulfills both my personal and professional interests. I feel very blessed to make a living by being in service to others.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love being curious and exploring unanswered questions. While I don't actively engage in scientific inquiries in my current job, I get to work with and for researchers who do! And that motivates me to work diligently and purposefully every single day.

Best advice for next generation?

I want girls and young women to have the confidence and courage to be curious and inquisitive.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive." - Audre Lorde

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