Faces of STEM

EPSCoR is showcasing the unique characteristics that Alaskans bring to STEM by sharing a series of interviews with former University of Alaska students in successful STEM careers.


Cartagena de JesusCarla Cartagena De Jesus is a Puerto Rico native and first-generation college student who works as a pediatrician at Fairbanks' Tanana Valley Clinic.

DennettLiz Dennett received a Ph.D in Geomicrobiology and Astrobiology and now works for Amazon Web Services.

FarrugiaThomas Farrugia's marine biology career has taken him from California to the Falkland Islands  to Alaska, where he monitors harmful algal blooms.

GrahamMindy Kim Graham is a UAA grad taking on one of the biggest research challenges around: cancer. 

FoulkesLee Foulkes, a member of the Muckleshoot Tribe, got his degree from UAS with one goal in mind: get a job with the Tribe's fisheries department, where today he works as a marine biologist.

Grant-HoffmanNikki Grant-Hoffman followed a collegiate swimming career with reseach in Costa Rica and New Zealand before joining the BLM in Colorado.

HughesThomas Hughes is an Alaska Native and first-generation college student who works as an engineer for the Alaska Department of Transportation.

mugJames Campbell's job is literally up in the clouds; the UAF Ph.D. graduate works as a meteorologist for the Naval Research Laboratory, where he models aerosol particles and ice clouds in the atmosphere.