Kara Johnson Santa Clara, Calif. / 24 Bioengineering PhD, 2018 University of California, San Diego Genetics BS and Biological Systems Engineering BS, 2013 University of California, Davis I didn’t realize until after I started grad school and worked with students from other programs how well my bio engineering degree prepared me for the world. It made me a versatile, competent student via academics and life skills learned—networking, team building, presenting and project planning, and finding work/life balance. In the short term, my goal and that of any graduate student is to graduate! Down the line, I would like an industry position in R&D and eventually in project management. While I would like to climb a few rungs of the corporate ladder, I also have a passion for STEM education in K-12. My motto is, “Chance favors the prepared mind.” I seek opportunities that prepare me to further these goals—attending professional development seminars, networking with individuals in positions I would eventually like to hold, and immersing myself in problems I am eager to solve. I would also enjoy managing a nonprofit focused on science education and curricula development for STEM in K-12 classrooms or exploring creative solutions for problems in bimolecular engineering— projects that have widespread impact on health either directly or by facilitating research. A twofold problem: most people don’t know what bio/ag engineering is, and it’s difficult to explain the breadth of our field and the various career paths it offers. You may find a dream job and have someone question the name of your major. Speak up, defend its value—you have the skills needed. It’s up to us to make a reputation for our profession!
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