Molly C. Womack
Assistant Professor, Utah State University
Find some kind mentors that inspire you and can help you navigate your field of choice.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
Using field- and lab-work, we compare trait development, morphology, and function among species to better understand how diversity develops, how diversity evolves, and why it matters. And I usually study frogs.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?
It wasn't until college that I realized I liked biology. I realized there was a ton we didn't know about the world around us. Those unknowns felt like a challenge and it sparked a sense of curiosity that I had lacked before then.
WHAT DO YOU LOOK AT & THINK, "I WISH YOUNGER ME WOULD HAVE KNOWN THIS WAS POSSIBLE?"
You can find your tribe. I was a shy kid that was too insecure to venture out of existing friendships to find people that inspired me and pushed me to be a better, kinder person. Some of the first folks that pushed me in this way also inspired me to be a biologist.
WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?
Create a kind, creative space for young scientists & dream up science projects & analyze data.
BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?
I enjoy my job. It pushes me and that challenge helps me find rewards in my job most days. My advice is that if you feel similarly - find some kind mentors that inspire you and can help you navigate your field of choice. Trusted mentors are priceless.
INSPO / FUN FACT
"In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught."