Dr. Kimberly Mulligan left her hometown of Columbia, SC to attend Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University where she completed her bachelor and master degrees in chemistry. She continued her education at Vanderbilt University where she earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. While at Vanderbilt, Kimberly was a part of a group of students that began an organization called the Alliance for Cultural Diversity in Research and served as the Community Outreach Chair for 3 years. She partnered with the Center for Science Outreach to initiate Family Science Night and the Volunteer Scientist in the Classroom Partnership in Metro Nashville Public Schools.Kimberly realized her passion lies in increasing diversity in the biomedical sciences so she decided to pursue this by becoming a Research Fellow with the Center for Science Outreach at Vanderbilt University. Her roles include serving as a Resident Scientist at an area high school and the Program Coordinator for the Research Experience for High School Students, as well as increasing scientists and science professionals outreach efforts in public schools. In this position she sees firsthand the deficits in K-12 science education, particularly for those students that are economically disadvantaged. She hopes she has the opportunity to not only change how science is taught in the classroom, but also change the face of what a scientist looks like thus creating a more culturally diverse STEM workforce.