Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders: Ask ‘Em Anything

The Science Cheerleaders – professional cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers – often are asked, “What’s it like to be a cheerleader AND a scientist?” or “When did you first know you wanted to be an engineer?”

During our live events, fans and youngsters have the opportunity to ask questions and get them answered by the Science Cheerleaders on the spot. Now, we’re extending this opportunity to you, too!

The 2011-2012 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders, six of whom are pursuing science and engineering careers, have offered to answer the most popular questions submitted through Tuesday August 23rd. Questions with the most votes from the public will be answered by the cheerleaders during a videotaped interview at their Tempe, AZ, training facility.

You can submit your questions to these Science Cheerleaders by tweeting to @SciCheer or commenting on this blog post, the YouTube video, or our Facebook Page. Extra points to anyone who leaves a YouTube video response. If you like someone else’s question, retweet it, up vote it, like it — whatever you have to do to let them know you’d like that question answered.

Below, each of the Arizona Cardinals Science Cheerleaders has shared a little about themselves. Take a look and then ask ’em anything by August 23rd.

Samantha: Arizona Cardinals Science CheerleaderHi, I’m Samantha, and I’m not just you’re average cheerleader; I’m studying Engineering Management with a focus in Mechanical Engineering at Arizona State University. I am also a national member of the Society of Women Engineers and currently interning at Microchip Technology. This is my rookie year as an Arizona Cardinals Cheerleader, but I have been dancing my whole life and even won the national pom championship my senior year of high school.

Kristi: Arizona Cardinals Science CheerleaderHi, my name is Kristi, and I work professionally in the two best professions anyone could ask for: cheerleading and science! I started cheerleading when I was very young, continued throughout high school and college,and now I am a proud second year member of the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. Outside of cheerleading, I obtained a Bachelors of Science in Nursing degree and am blessed to currently work in my third year as a Registered Nurse with emphasis on Women and Infant services.

Emily: Arizona Cardinals Science CheerleaderMy name is Emily, and I am studying Biomedical Engineering at Arizona State University. I am currently an intern at Intel and love it, but hope one day to work on research and development in medical technology after receiving a Masters degree. This is my first year on the Arizona Cardinals cheer team, but I was Captain of my varsity high school team, part of the dance company and cheer for all four years, and was a part of the Arizona State University Spirit Squad for one year.

Maria: Arizona Cardinals Science CheerleaderHi, my name is Maria, and I am a rookie member of the 2011 Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. I graduated from Rice University with a degree in political science and earned my J.D. from the University of Arizona in 2010. When it’s not gameday, you can find me at work as an Advocacy Specialist for the Girl Scouts, where I collaborate with local lawmakers on policies to provide increased exposure to the national STEM initiative. Helping to promote the next generation of female scientists, engineers, IT professionals, and mathematicians is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job!

Nicole: Arizona Cardinals Science CheerleaderHi, I’m Nicole, and I am a fourth year member and line captain for the Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders. I studied kinesiology and earned my Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University. When I am not on the field, you can find me at a local physical therapy clinic working hands on with the science and physiology behind body movement.

Jacque: Arizona Cardinals Science CheerleaderMy name is Jacque, and I am a Licensed Professional Civil Engineer who received my B.S.E. in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. I have been cheerleading since the age of five, and I am proud and honored to now be a professional cheerleader and a rookie member of the amazing Arizona Cardinals Cheerleaders.

Got a question? Something on your mind? Ask ’em anything!

  • richard

    Who is your favorite scientist?

  • richard

    What scientific field interests you the most and why?

  • Bart


    Samantha–Is Engineering Management run out of the Engineering or the Business School?
    Kristi–What advice would you give to someone entering the nursing field about how to deal with “bad days?”
    Emily–What the heck does a Biomedical Engineer do, anyway? 🙂
    Maria–What would be an example of a policy that would help advance STEM?
    Nicole–What’s the most rewarding part of your work? (Bonus question: what the heck is a line captain?)
    Jacque–What attracted you to civil engineering, as opposed to one of the other disciplines?

    Any or all–what team is going to be the Cardinals’ biggest challenge this year?


    Cheer Operations Ninja

  • Cspeng2000

    How many science cheerleaders go on to do graduate work/continue in academia, and how many go on to industry?

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  • Emily

    I heard that nanoparticles in everyday materials like lotions and sunblock can cause cancer.  Is there any truth in this or is it all hype?

  • Anonymous

    Wow, OK they are like totally adorable. Wow.

  • Cluu79

    Do you believe in Evolution?

  • Applicable to any and all of these individuals:

    What first got you interested in science? Was it a particular teacher or class?

  • Those working full-time, how do you balance practice and games, your career, your social life, and family life (if applicable)?

    For those currently students, do you take a full class load while you are training and cheering during the season?

  • Maria, how did you become interested in advocating for female scientists and was this something you had in mind upon entry to law school, or has it developed since that point? Was there a particular class or experience you had that raised this issue as important for you?

  • Pbchami


    Maria – are you an attorney?  If so, how much time do you spend away from football working as a lawyer?  I know that NFL referee, Ed Hochuli, is a partner at a large AZ litigation firm. Do you know of any other NFL affiliated people who work in the legal industry? 



  • Jimmyxsan

    Maria- will you go out with me? You are totally hot…