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Redefine with Dr. Korie Grayson

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SWE hosted the third and final event in our virtual event series #Renew #Relaunch #Redefine on December 8, 2021. This is Dr. Korie Grayson, Biomedical Engineer and STEM Diversity Advocate, in conversation with Maeliz Colon, a recent graduate of UMASS Amherst with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Korie Grayson kicked off the final event in the series by telling us about her background and taking us through a timeline of her education, from being encouraged to enroll in AP classes in high school to receiving a full ride scholarship to Norfolk State University, a historically Black university where she met Black PhD holders for the first time. A first-generation college student, she earned her chemistry degree along with ten other Black students. Dr. Korie spoke to the power of this community, stating “These were my study partners. These were my tutors. These were my friends.”

Duration: 60 minutes

Dr. Korie Grayson is a biomedical engineer, chemical engineering researcher, and a diversity advocate in STEM. She is a first-generation student and proud alumna of the HBCU Norfolk State University, where she earned her BS in Chemistry (2012). Korie obtained her MS (2017) and PhD (2020) in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University where she studied cancer drug resistance in 2D and 3D prostate cancer cell culture environments. Currently, Korie is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan in Chemical Engineering. Her research focuses on the evaluation of novel nano- and microparticles for therapy in neutrophilic, acute inflammatory disease and cancer. Korie is passionate about increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM by illustrating that #representationmatters. She is the Diversity Chair for @womendoingscience, a popular IG account that showcases women in STEM from all over the world. She is also on the planning council for STEMNoire, a holistic wellness and research retreat for Black women in STEM, and the Finance Director for BlackInCancer, an organization that aims to strengthen networks and highlight Black excellence in cancer research and medicine. She is also a part of the STEM Avengers that successfully planned the STEM Success Summit, a virtual conference designed to equip and empower young adults, who are traditionally underrepresented in STEM, to launch and build a successful STEM career with purpose. Korie continues doing advocacy work via community service, workshops, and speaking engagements while (Re)Defining the Image of STEM! Learn more about Korie and her research on her website or follow her on Twitter @teamkorie.


This project is based upon work partially supported by the generosity of Northrop Grumman Foundation.