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STEM Ambassadors

The STEM Ambassador Program began in 2016 as a training program for a small cohort of University of Utah scientists. Since then, we have grown to work with over 170 graduate students, post-docs, faculty, staff, and undergraduate students. Scroll down to learn about the scientists who have participated. Contact us if you would like to reach out to a STEM Ambassador.

Note that many Ambassador bios were uploaded when the Ambassador joined the program and may not be current.

Erin Cafferty

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Erin Cafferty is a graduate student in the Elde lab at the University of Utah. She studies poxviral evolutionary strategies which a particular interest in viral manipulation of host mechanisms. In the first year of her undergraduate studies, Erin developed a love for virology while in HHMI’s SEA-PHAGES program which provides hands-on research experience to underrepresented groups. As a first generation college student, Erin has a passion for outreach projects that help inspire the next generation of STEM professionals. In her free time, Erin enjoys camping, hiking, bar trivia, and creative pursuits such as painting and embroidery.