Real Stem Stories

Who powers the science that powers our world? It’s not just the kind of scientists you see in popular media; it’s all of us! The individuals featured in this exhibit and in the videos below come from a variety of backgrounds and pathways, but have at least one thing in common: They are all STEM professionals who contribute to widening participation, diversity, and inclusion in STEM!  

Alexandra Rios Diaz


Research Associate in Gene Therapeutic Research at Bio-Techne

“I gravitated more towards chemistry when I was in college and would procrastinate on all my other work by doing chemistry. That’s when I knew.”

Mathew Hoffman


Director of Enterprise Data and Integrations at Andersen Corporation

“Just because you’re not good at one aspect doesn't mean that that’s going to preclude you from still chasing your dream in that field.”

Jayshree Seth


Corporate Scientist and Chief Science Advocate at 3M

“Science drives you to the answers, but humanities prompt you to ask the right questions.”

Phil Ayeni


Advanced Research Associate - Antibody Data Operations at Bio-Techne

“It’s important for myself and other people that look like me, that we have a platform to go on, to speak and just say, ‘There’s a different way.’”

June Sayers


M.S. Candidate: Earth and Environmental Sciences - Hydrogeology at the University of Minnesota; Kawe Gidaa-naanaagadawendaamin Manoomin (First We Must Consider Manoomin/Psin)

“Native scientists bring a holistic view of solving problems.”

Sun Tun


Geology Major, Biology Minor at Macalester College

“Don’t run away from the challenges. Don’t be scared just because there’s nobody else that looks like you. Keep showing up.”

Nusheen Ameenuddin, M.D., M.P.H.


Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at Mayo Clinic

“We’re role modeling even when we don’t think we’re role modeling. It’s a privilege and it’s a tremendous responsibility.”

James Hill, M.D.


Community Internal Medicine at Mayo Clinic

“Black males in medicine are quite unique. If I didn’t have a cousin who had done it before, I probably wouldn’t have done it at all.”

César Honorio-Arroyo


Job Captain at BWBR

“One of the big challenges of what I do, being an immigrant, is that you have to prove yourself all the time.”