Amy Del Medico
Assistant Professor Mathematics
Waubonsee Community College
What inspired you to pursue a career in STEM?
Math skills came easily, so I accumulated many math credits as an undergrad and ended up with a BS in Math. Eventually decided I wanted to teach college level students, so went to grad school to continue studying math to earn a Master’s degree. I love teaching and STEM, so this was the quickest way to get into a college classroom.
What is the coolest project you have worked on and why?
Currently a Co-PI on a NSF S-STEM grant that provides scholarships to needy students who are pursuing STEM degrees. Very rewarding to help these students.
This is probably going to sound bad…but here it goes. As an undergrad at Benedictine University (Illinois Benedictine College at the time), my first math course was with Dr. Townsley. She is a tall, attractive, intelligent woman and often wears a flower in her hair (I came to find out later this was from her Hawaiian heritage). Dr. Townsley was the first female STEM educator who was not the stereotypical “earthy, birkenstock wearing, dowdy” professor. She had high expectations, was friendly and fair. I try to emulate those qualities in my teaching.
Why do you love working in STEM?
The discovery aspect – the “ah-ha” moments, both for myself and when my students have them.
Advice for future STEMinists?
Be yourself and be proud of your accomplishments.
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