Science Cheerleader Memorie: pursuing a Ph.D. while cheering for the WNBA.


I want to be an example of an intelligent and extremely hard-working cheerleader. I would also like to be a role model for young girls and other women, showing them that it is possible to have a successful career in science while at the same time following their other passions, such as cheerleading and dancing.

Stephanie: Military aerospace engineer and former college cheerleader, working on dual MSE + MBA degrees!


There seems to be this perception that engineers hole themselves up in their labs or cubicles, working on equations all day long without any interaction with other people. While this might be true for some engineers, the majority of us are constantly working with others in some way or another. You may have to collaborate on a design together, give a presentation about your work, or share your assessment of test results or reports.

Science Cheerleader Britney: Software engineer and WNBA cheerleader.

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“The general stereotype around people in IT is that we are not personable or friendly, and that we sit in front of our computers all day. Wrong!”

Upcoming Science Cheerleader events. Be there and be square!


Nurse Anesthetist and Former Washington Redskins Cheerleader Rachel Visits HoCo STEM Festival

Rachel SciCheer Uniform Logo

Nurse Anesthetist and former Washington Redskins cheerleader Rachel recently attended the Howard County (Maryland) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Festival. Here’s her report: Hello fellow STEM folks! I had the pleasure of representing Science Cheerleader at the HoCo STEM Festival a few weeks ago. This was the second annual event so they were still looking for ideas in terms of how to make the event flow and make it overall even better! This year I was in the “Meet…
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Project MERCCURI: Just how does a science experiment on the Space Station return to Earth?

Thousands of people swabbed microbes from their shoes and cell phones for Project MERCCURI. We’ll share the results of that part of the research as soon as we have them. Many people also swabbed surface samples from landmarks including the Liberty Bell, 76ers stadium, and other cool venues. Those samples were sent to the International Space Station and we’ll learn more about how they’re growing in space (compared to their counterparts left behind at UCDavis) in the coming weeks and months….
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“Science! Science! Sis Boom Bah!” UPenn Gazette features Darlene Cavalier

Darlene Cavalier

This week, The Pennsylvania Gazette (the University of Pennsylvania’s magazine) featured a profile on Darlene Cavalier and we think it’s pretty awesome. It’s nice to have her whole Science Cheerleader / SciStarter / ECAST Network story in one place demonstrating the arc of Darlene’s scheme!  Check out the full Gazette piece here. I’ve posted excerpts, below. She began to question the public’s role in science. Should readers simply read science articles in magazines or should they do something more with the…
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Pictures from the USA Science and Engineering Festival!

Darlene and the Science Cheerleaders

  We  just returned from the  USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, DC! What a blast! The Science Cheerleaders performed science themed routines, led Science Cheers, talked about their careers as cheerleaders and scientists/engineers AND engaged people in citizen science projects with SciStarter! They even kicked off their new project: NASA’s Asteroid Initiative. Here are some fun pictures from the event. If you have some, please post them on our Facebook fan page or share them on Twitter using…
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Project MERCCURI in the news

A recent copy of our Project MERCCURI press release Updated news coverage and links to all the clips, below, can be found at : ‘Science Cheerleaders’ Send Experiment into Space | ABC-7 TV News (4-18-14) The SpaceX Launch Is Sending Dinosaur Microbes to the Space Station Gizmodo | (4-18-14) What Do NFL Cheerleaders, Tesla Founder Elon Musk, Toilet Bacteria, And The Space Station Have In Common? | 99.7 Now (4-18-14) SpaceX Rocket Launches To Space Station After Long Delay…
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Science Cheerleaders Send Experiment to Space. From ABC7

Photo Credit: Bob Carr

src=””> Learn more about Project MERCCURI here. Check out other press clips here.


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