“You just have to ignore the masses that are telling you that you can’t do it.”

April Quarles

In school it’s usually the men who are encouraged in science, says April Quarles. Though women continue to face negative social influences when pursuing science, she encourages them to concentrate on their goals, and she talks about a mentor who helped guide her.

Quarles is pursuing an M.S. in biotechnology and chemical science at Roosevelt University. She completed her undergraduate studies at Purdue University with a B.S. in biology education. Before continuing her education she was the first science teacher at a new high school, where she taught biology, chemistry, and health.

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