This episode breaks from the usual format in that I will be interviewing someone who has not yet begun their career as a scientist. My guest today is Jayla King, a senior at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. When she graduates in the spring, Jayla will be the first person in her family to have earned a four-year degree. In high school, Jayla focused on engineering, including completing college-level coursework, and presumed she would continue studying engineering in college. However, once there, she decided to study biology to ensure her scholarship would cover all four years of school. In this episode, we’ll talk about her education, what she has learned through various internships, and how she sees her future unfolding. In addition, she’ll tell us about a podcast she co-produces at Hendrix called Scientists for Social Justice, where she and her professor discuss issues of social justice in the higher education system, especially as they relate to the scientific disciplines.
Scientists for Social Justice website: https://anchor.fm/sfsj
Hendrix College Odyssey Program: https://www.hendrix.edu/odyssey/