Chem major lights way for women with her laser work

Madi Scott's research setup features a set of microscopes of different sizes

When Madi Scott chose to double major in chemistry and physics at the University of Oregon, she thought she was breaking new ground in her family. Quickly, she discovered that the pull to the sciences might have been based in her DNA.

“Right after I started college, I learned that my grandma graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a degree in chemistry,” says Scott, a 2020 graduate. “She dug up this analytical chemistry paper that she’d published back in the 1950s or ’60s when she worked for Oregon Health and Science University doing primate research.”

That heritage is alive and well in Scott-an emerging scientist who is headed to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and also champions efforts to help all groups excel in science.

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