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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.

Rebecca Bruders

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Rebecca works with Dr. Michael Shapiro at the University of Utah where she uses the domestic rock pigeon as a model to study the evolutionary developmental basis of phenotypic diversity in animals. With over 300 different breeds of domestic pigeon created from centuries of selective breeding for traits such as color, feather ornamentation, and behavior, the domestic pigeon is an ideal model for understanding the genetic and developmental basis of unique traits.

Rebecca enjoys reading, running, walking, and playing games.