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Nicole Leavey

Assistant Professor of Practice
Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

Leavey nicole wideI’m all over the place: I’m in the Stony Brook Young Investigators Review, I do chemistry research, I’m in pre-med programs. When I told Nicole that I don’t know if that’s a good thing or not, she told me about her background in finance and then science communication. Hearing that made me feel more confident in the fact that it’s okay to try multiple things. Nicole is great at looking at the big picture and the different ways I can make a difference. I respect her for being able to think so critically. I hope I have that ability to think critically when I start my career.

I love Stony Brook but it’s also a big state school and it can be hard to find mentors. Nicole has been a consistent mentor throughout these two years. I think that consistency is really key. I always have questions about what I should do next and Nicole is always there. That support is something I would want even in graduate school; someone else to rely on, especially a woman in STEM, because if you see it, it can help you know that it’s possible.

– Stephanie Budhan

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