“Seek mentors from a lot of different areas of science.”

Rebecca Guenard

Chemists can be narrowly focused, says Rebecca Guenard. In a field that encourages scientists to follow a predefined path, she encourages young women to take a wider view and realize it’s okay to take a nontraditional route.

After receiving a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry Guenard became a lecturer at Temple University. Originally she intended to seek a tenure-track position, but in the process of conducting research and writing proposals she realized that she loved sharing interesting stories that incorporate chemistry. Guenard left Temple and now works as a freelance science writer.

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Catalyst Series: Women in Chemistry

Women in Chemistry

Follow the adventures of eight leading women in chemistry and celebrate their life-changing, chance-taking, thrill-seeking love of science. 

Stories from the Field

Listen to career insights and stories of scientific adventures from women in chemistry.

Sensing Change

See your environment with fresh eyes through this online exhibit.