Muse Hack interview with Darlene Cavalier, founder of Science Cheerleader and SciStarter

” First and foremost, we want to help people recognized that they are as entitled as anyone else to play active roles in science and technology. In the process, we’ve been able to help a lot of researchers and other people organizing participatory research and civic engagement projects, recruit skilled participants. A win/win! “

Brandi : Master’s Degree and former Indianapolis Colts cheerleader

Brandi Indianapolis Colts Science Cheerleader

Brandi has a Master’s Degree  and she cheered for the Indianapolis Colts. Hi, Brandi! What turned you on to science? What turned me on to science was my interest in discovering a cure for cancer. I had a grandfather, who was a vivid portrait painter, creator, and artist. He was diagnosed with lung cancer when I was very young, and succumbed to the disease within months of his diagnosis. My only true memory of him was spending time at his…
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Science Cheerleader William: pursuing a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology, former cheerleader at the University of MD!

Rock Cheer

Today we get to hear from William (a.k.a. “Rock”), a male cheerleader who is pursuing a master’s degree in marine biology at the University of Maryland.  What turned you on to science and when? I remember as a child that I wanted to be a dolphin trainer because I thought that was the only career I could have in marine biology, similar to what other children may think, but as I got older I was steered away from that goal…
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Carey: aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin and former University of Wyoming cheerleader

Carey University of Wyoming Science Cheerleader

As an engineer, we get stereotyped as “introverts” and “nerds.” I am happy to show that I am bubbly, outgoing, and an extrovert as an engineer. I love telling people what I do for a living and surprise them!!

Science Cheerleader Amessia: Epidemiologist and WNBA Cheerleader

Amessia Atlanta Dream Science Cheerleader

What turned you on to science? What’s funny about my current profession is…I WASN’T a big fan of Science in High School! I had the goal of working in the medical field and knew that if I wanted to excel in it, I had to learn to love Science. Science has so many components that it was hard to gain a desire for it because you are often exposed to the areas that don’t interest you. I didn’t want to…
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Aerospace Engineer and former cheerleader, Carey, leads Science Week event at Mint Hill Library in Charlotte, NC


Guest post from Carey! I had the awesome pleasure of representing Science Cheerleader for the afternoon during Science Week at the Mint Hill Library in Charlotte, NC. The program was aimed at 5-11 year olds, both males and females. It was a great experience discussing rockets and my career at Lockheed Martin. To engage the students, we made rockets with straws and then had a competition by turning their rockets into balloon rockets. The kids were very excited to try…
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Status update for Project MERCCURI

Credit: @casettron

From @Jennomics (a co-PI on Project MERCCURI): Status update for Project MERCCURI: Our [surface] samples are being stored in a -80C freezer on the ISS. But, there is a problem with the equipment (plate reader) that will be used to run our “growth competition” experiment. The company that we are working with, NanoRacks is working hard to troubleshoot the problem. It isn’t clear now whether there is a problem with the inner workings of the equipment or the touchscreen computer…
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Rae: Science Cheerleader, Chemist, and (awesome!) STEM communicator! (She’s also the managing editor of SciStarter!)

Rae at desk

Here’s Raecca (Rae): Science Cheerleader, blogger, and SciStarter managing editor (among other things!) Hi, Rae! What got you into science? As a high school student, I enjoyed my math and science classes. If you gave me the option to solve an equation or read a novel, I would choose the equation every time. My senior-level science teachers were able to explain concepts in a clear manner, but they also infused humor whenever they could. My senior level math teachers were all…
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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.


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