Dr. Mae C. Jemison is a female pioneer breaking new ground in the world of science exploration, discovery and hands-on education!
She is not only the nation’s first African American female astronaut to travel to space, but also serves as Chief Ambassador for the Making Science Make Sense initiative. For more than 20 years, Dr. Jemison has been traveling the country on behalf of Bayer addressing STEM education, science literacy and diversity issues to key audiences, including elected officials, education and industry leaders, parents, teachers and students.
Dr. Jemison also leads 100 Year Starship (100YSS), a bold, far-reaching new initiative to ensure capabilities exist for human travel beyond our solar system to another star within the next 100 years. Dr. Jemison is building an international, multi-faceted organization to promote the broad global commitment, scientific, social and technical support and financial framework to accomplish the 100YSS vision – An Inclusive, Audacious Journey (that) Transforms Life Here on Earth and Beyond. Her team won the competitive, single awardee grant from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the U.S. Defense Department’s premiere research group responsible for the development of the Internet and GPS (global positioning satellite systems). 100YSS is working to establish The Way Research Institute – a home to foster the radical leaps in knowledge, technology design, innovation and trans-disciplinary thinking to create a way to the stars.
Dr. Jemison serves as a leader and consultant for numerous prestigious organizations, including the U.S. National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine. She is also an inductee of the National Women’s Hall of Fame, the National Medical Association Hall of Fame and Texas Science Hall of Fame, as well as a recipient of the National Organization for Women’s Intrepid Award and the Kilby Science Award. She is also the author of several books, including “Find Where the Wind Goes: Moments from My Life,” and other titles under the Scholastic True Books series on space exploration.
Her academic credentials include a B.S., Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in African and Afro-American Studies from Stanford University, and an M.D. from Cornell University.