Assistant Professor, Bemidji State University

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Don't let anyone define who you want to be. Do not let anything make you believe you cannot pursue your dreams.

Miriam Rios-Sanchez

What do you do?

I teach groundwater and earth sciences classes. I like to think of my job as preparing students to study and manage our water resources.

Why did you choose this field?

I love volcanoes. I was going to be a volcanologist. However, in my first groundwater field trip, I realized we have a type of water resource that is hidden, that needs a lot of studies to be understood and characterized. I thought it was a very interesting field to go into.

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

To get a PhD in an American university, in English.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love to work in STEM because I feel I beat the odds. I have always loved science. Ever since middle and high school, I was encouraged to pursue girly endeavors, not hard classes in science. In college, there was always the idea a woman cannot be a good geologist. I feel that getting an education and teaching STEM classes tell me, you did it.

Best advice for next generation?

Don't let anyone define who you want to be. Do not let anything make you believe you cannot pursue your dreams, no matter how different, untraditional, or average they can look like. They are your dreams, that's what matters.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." - Neale Donald Walsh.

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