Participating in Broader Engagement was way more fun than I expected! Sharing breakfast with exciting people was an awesome, and frankly a unique opportunity to talk about many of the questions I had at the time about life and research. The program is incredibly well-organized and easy to recommend to anybody, student or early-career. The positive experiences I had at BE certainly contributed to my decision to pursue a career in government labs, as opposed to industry. As a result, I will be joining ANL as a director’s fellow.
BE is important because it shows the exciting aspects of working in academia and government. Showing this aspect is especially valuable today, when competing for talent with industry becomes increasingly hard.