WiSE Poster Series

Kendra Frazier, Dupont Pioneer

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What is your educational background?

B.S. Biology from Drake University

What field do you work in and what sort of activities do you do in a typical day?

Research Associate for DuPont Pioneer. I work in the Technology Development group where we explore the newest technologies related to DNA extraction and PCR of plant (mainly corn) tissue. In a typical day, I do lab work. Pipetting, serial dilution, basic DNA extraction and purification methods, PCR

What is your favorite part of your career?

I’m actually using my degree! I have always loved science so to be able to work in a lab setting and use the knowledge I gained from college is great

Who or what experience(s) inspired you?

My professors were a huge inspiration to me. They are very knowledgeable in a wide range of areas, they were hard working, helpful, etc.

Why do you think it’s important for women to enter STEM fields?

There are so many great opportunities for women in STEM fields, it would be unfortunate to pass up on those career possibilities!

Many women initially pursue STEM careers to make a difference in the world (e.g. make things safer, clean water for everyone, finding cure for cancer, etc...)  Describe how your current work/career/position/company is making a difference in the world or your industry/field.

One of DuPont Pioneer’s main goals is “To Feed the World”.

Was there an educational experience during college (internship, study abroad, research) that impacted your career goals?

My lab courses helped me realize I loved research!

What can girls/women do now to prepare for a career in STEM?

Take lots of science courses in a wide range of fields. You never know what might interest you. I originally thought I’d want to work in the medical field, but now I love working in a more research, agricultural setting.

Knowing and having experienced all that you have, what is one piece of advice that would have been encouraging or helpful to know when you were in school?

Challenge yourself and don’t be afraid to take a risk. A lot of people think science majors or careers are only for the “smartest” students. But that’s not true. How will you know if science is right or wrong for you unless you try. You might just fall in love with Physiology or Virology

Learn more about other women featured in the WiSE Poster Series:

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For more information contact:

Lora Leigh Chrystal, Director
Program for Women in Science and Engineering
218 Carver Hall
Ames, IA 50011-2060
(515) 294-4317