Katherine Huang 🤷🏻‍

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Hi! I’m Kat, from Lowell, MA. I’m an incoming first-year student at MIT, majoring in Data Science and minoring in Anthropology. This summer, I’m interning at Repl.it. Above all else, I value integrity, kindness, and gratitude. When I’m not working on projects, I’m probably scrolling through memes or exercising—maybe both.

💡 Science and Us

During middle school, I wanted to make my own Tumblr themes, so I deciphered thousands of lines of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript code until I could write my own. (I also taught myself Latin and some Modern Greek, but that’s a story for another time!) In high school, I used programming to investigate scientific questions, and ended up loving the challenges of communicating research to non-experts.

I wanted to explore science writing, but found no resources for high schoolers to do so. I discovered a treasure trove of careers connecting STEM and the public… but no path to get there—it seemed that every science communicator had accidentally stumbled upon their profession (often after completing an arduous graduate degree). Why? These opportunities aren’t mentioned in school.

To solve both problems, I founded Science & Us, a youth-run nonprofit helping teens find a place for STEM in their lives, whether they love biology or baseball or bass guitars. We host events for students to make projects explaining STEM topics, and we’re writing Stories of Science and Us, a book of journeys and advice from people who connect STEM and the public, to be shared with classrooms across the country.

📍 What I’m doing now*

Last updated May 19, 2019

* The concept of a “now page” is from Derek Sivers

📠 Fun facts

👩🏻‍💻 Websites I’ve made

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🚀 What I did in high school

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Of course, it wasn’t all accomplishments—something that’s easy to forget or hide. For an ongoing list of my setbacks and how I’m learning from them, check out my failure resume.