About Courtney Runn

Courtney is a senior at the University of Texas where she studies journalism and Italian. An Austin native, she loves living in the capital of Texas but also has a soft spot for Italia where she spent middle school and high school. A few of her favorite things include chai tea lattes, spending time with her golden retriever puppy, and good food shared with even better friends.

Extreme Sports – Whitewater Rafting Guide

Sports and STEM go hand in hand, including extreme sports. Heather Ludwig, a whitewater rafting guide and high school science teacher, is the perfect example of someone who combines her love of sport and passion for STEM to make her dream career. Heather began her journey as a whitewater rafting guide in the spring of...

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A Breakdown of STEM AP Courses – Arts

AP classes don't have to be intimidating if you love what you're studying. If the arts are your jam, check out these AP classes! AP Art History Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons You should take this class if: you enjoy learning about history, have a mind for dates, and appreciate different cultures. College Board suggests...

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The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is one of seven wonders of the natural world. Check out these facts about one of Australia's greatest treasures! Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons The Great Barrier Reef is located off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Queensland is known as the "Sunshine State" and is home to ten of Australia's...

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By |May 11th, 2016|Featured, STEM - Science|0 Comments

Job Spotlight: Fragrance Formulation Specialist

From chemistry to engineering, there are jobs for every STEM type in the beauty industry. If you're looking for a unique career, consider becoming a fragrance formulation specialist! If you enjoy chemistry and can't stop watching your favorite beauty blogger's haul vlogs, then a career in fragrance formulation could be for you. Fragrance formulation specialists test...

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Skills for Success in College

Want to transition from high school without falling on your face? Check out these college success strategies! When people talk about college being the best four (or five, or six) years of their life, they usually are forgetting the not-so fun parts, like time management and hours spent in the library. College is...

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By |March 31st, 2016|Advice, College, How do I get there?|0 Comments

6 STEM Blogs You Should Be Following

Check out some of our favorite STEM blogs that will keep you reading for hours! Wired Science Blogs Wired makes science fun. With articles from "The Physics of OK Go's Epic New Zero-G Video" to "All the Volcanic Eruptions You Missed During the Super Bowl," the site's science blog makes STEM accessible and relevant. If...

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By |February 24th, 2016|Advice, Education, Featured, Lists, Resources, STEM - Science|3 Comments

Black History Month: Inspiring STEM Pioneers

In celebration of Black History Month, check out some of the most inspiring STEM pioneers throughout history! Science Pioneers: Mae Jemison and Charles Drew Mae Jemison As the first female African American astronaut, Mae C. Jemison definitely earns her spot on the list of STEM pioneers. Throughout her life, Jemison was interested in STEM fields and...

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5 Arctic Careers You Will Love

The arctic includes everything above the Arctic Circle and encompasses parts of Canada, Norway, Russia, Alaska, Denmark, and Iceland. The region has welcomed many explorers and scientists throughout history and is rich in natural resources, making it the perfect starting point for your STEM career. Here are just a few of the many arctic jobs you...

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What is Pseudoscience and Why Should You Avoid It?

What is pseudoscience? Have you ever read one study claiming coffee is the solution to all the world’s problems, then the next day read it’s actually going to kill us all? Sloppy science can trick the best of us so before you click “share” on that article, go through this checklist to see if it’s...

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By |December 11th, 2015|Featured, Real World, STEM - Science|0 Comments

Real-Life STEM: The Chemistry Behind Chocolate

Already counting down the days till next year's Halloween candy haul? You're not the only one. Check out these fun facts on the chemistry behind chocolate and how it affects the brain! You might not think STEM has anything to do with your favorite guilty pleasure, but there's actually a lot of chemistry behind chocolate,...

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By |November 19th, 2015|Featured, Real World, STEM - Science|0 Comments