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Claire Holesovsky

Mount Horeb

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UW Department of Biochemistry


Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM)

What did you love about YA?

Working in a biochemistry laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Madison enabled me to develop a genuine love for science and research. Learning more biotechnology techniques and testing them in natural laboratory settings set me up for success in the field. It also introduced me to two great mentors I am still in contact with ten years later.

How did YA influence your plans after high school?

After the Program, I decided to pursue a career in the STEM field as a science communicator. The time I spent learning in a research laboratory opened my eyes to how many people science impacts. I have since dedicated my career to empowering people to know about science and technology and become more involved. My work at the Environmental Protection Agency is focused on translating our scientists' research and enabling different audiences to participate.

What do you want others to know about YA?

This program pays off! Working part-time and taking classes may seem like a lot for students to tackle now, but it made me a better professional. I can juggle many different tasks and still maintain a positive impact on my work. The YA Program and my Mentors' expectations for me continue to push me as a professional today. Also, having the YA program on my resume in college also opened many internships and job opportunities I wouldn't have usually gotten.

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