You can find them on a football field and in the lab. Science Cheerleaders is an organization of cheerleaders with backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math, who are looking to challenge typical stereotypes as well as inspire young children to get interested in science through an unexpected avenue — cheerleading.
The Accelerator had a conversation with science cheerleader Wendy Brown, a biomedical engineering Ph.D. student at the University of California, Davis, who also cheers for the Oakland Raiders. While earning a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Brown cheered for the Atlanta Falcons and performed with Georgia Tech’s Goldrush dance team, drawing on her background in ice skating as a young child and dancing in high school. In California, she has also cheered for the Sacramento Kings and Mountain Lions. Brown is also the co-creator of Project MERCCURI, which engages non-scientists and scientists alike in a project collect microbe samples to send to the International Space Station, where astronauts can observe how such organisms behave in a microgravity environment.