Roxane Jourdain

Doctoral Candidate, Baylor University

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

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 and 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 quote / fun fact / role model

Journey before destination. - Brandon Sanderson, the Stormlight Archive

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