Six MPA students had a unique opportunity to explore potential careers in STEM research at the 28th annual Science Careers in Search of Women conference at Argonne National Laboratory on April 16, 2015.

MPA sophomores Divya Avula and Hannah Branit, juniors Madison Delaney and Shreya Chandra, and seniors Analiese Batchelor and Amber Payne met Argonne’s world-class women scientists and engineers, attended career panel discussions and presentations, and toured science and engineering facilities across the lab.

Students said they were particularly impressed by keynote speaker Dr. Carolyn Phillips, a computational scientist in Argonne’s Mathematics & Computer Science Division.

“Dr. Phillips was an amazing speaker because she introduced the concept that many different life paths can lead to a career in science,” Shreya said. “Her speech was really personal, but at the same time answered many questions girls have about working in science fields.”