Roxane Jourdain

Doctoral Candidate, Baylor University

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Don't ever think you aren't smart enough!

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WHAT DO YOU DO?

I'm an organic chemist! I aim to reconstruct molecules made by nature in the lab, using tiny little building blocks. Think of it like architecture on the molecular level!

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THIS FIELD?

I have always been amazed by science, especially chemistry. I was that kid who ran reactions naked in her bathtub! My parents also have a mild STEM background so they nurtured that curiosity. When I hit high school I really got hooked and got accepted into my dream chemistry program.

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

Moving overseas alone for my studies! This was a huge step but I am so happy I took the opportunity.

WHY DO YOU LOVE WORKING IN STEM?

I love learning how things work! For me, chemistry (especially organic) is at that frontier between physics and biology.
I wake up looking forward to making new molecules!

BEST ADVICE FOR NEXT GENERATION?

Don't ever think you aren't smart enough! We need all kinds of people to approach a problem in all kinds of ways. Be proud of your path and your experiences!

INSPO / FUN FACT

Journey before destination. - Brandon Sanderson, the Stormlight Archive

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