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Promoting Science Education for Young People @toxtalks_

Kendra Prutton ’12 is a Toxicology PhD student at the University of Colorado. She is committed to education and diversity in science and is encouraging all young women to consider a career in STEM - check her Instagram site toxtalks_
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  • Kendra Prutton ’12 in Colorado Rockies
  • Kendra Prutton ’12 at work in the lab

Kendra Prutton ’12

After graduating from Carondelet, I attended Florida Atlantic University. I graduated in 2016 with a BS in Biology and a Certificate in Environmental Science.

While at FAU, I worked at a metabolic medicine and toxicology lab, analyzing blood, urine, and saliva samples for physicians, drug rehabilitation centers, and sports teams. I then earned my Master’s degree in Forensic Chemistry from Penn State in 2018, where I worked on developing analytical methods for novel performance enhancing drugs and analyzing anabolic androgenic steroids in wastewater samples.

I joined the Toxicology PhD program at the University of Colorado in 2018 and am currently working on my thesis project, which uses an induced pluripotent stem cell model to assess the impact of environmental factors on the cognitive variability seen in Down syndrome.

I am committed to diversity in science and science communication. I share science information in a relatable and enjoyable way through my Instagram - @toxtalks_. I believe that the most powerful and effective means of encouraging young people to pursue and succeed in STEM, is to lead, represent, and prove.

By leading as not a woman in science, but a scientist, I am attempting to effectively bridge science and society to better shape policy and personal decisions. Carondelet helped shape me into the woman I am today, and I am grateful for lessons learned at Carondelet and beyond. Go Cougars!

 

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