A celebration of intellectual curiosity and mentorship, the AAAS IF/THEN ambassador program recognizes talented science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professionals across a variety of industries. With a philosophy of “if we support a woman in STEM, then she can change the world,” IF/THEN works to inspire and empower the next generation of pioneers.
Taylor and Mukundan are joined by an impressive collection of women, which includes university professors, company CEOs, postdoctoral researchers, and Department of Energy colleagues Amy Elliott from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Jessica Esquivel from Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, and J’Tia Hart from Argonne National Laboratory.
“While I love doing science and working in a lab, I didn’t realize this was my dream job until I was in my 20s,” Taylor said. “I want girls to get excited about science earlier than I did and to dream about being scientists when they grow up. I can’t wait to show girls how fun chemistry is and how many cool careers there are in science. Having the opportunity to do this at a national level, through the AAAS IF/THEN program, is a great honor.”