Hear from Biologist Dr. Stacy Kelley
What is your educational background?
I have a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry/molecular biology, chemistry, and economics with honors from Illinois State University, and a doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
What is your position? When did you start working in MCB?
I am a Biologist in the Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, and I started on November 29th, 2015.
What attracted you to work for NSF?
The funding provided by the National Science Foundation stimulates some of the most cutting edge research in science. As a graduate student, one often plays a role in the creation of data or text for proposals. You get a glimpse of the merit review process from the outside looking in, feeling the highs and lows along with your advisor. It is intriguing and informative to be on the other side of the curtain, and see the process in action. I also appreciate the philosophy of using data analysis to drive decision making to promote the progress of science. When I saw NSF’s commitment to its employees through benefits, flexibility through telework, and deserved recognition as one of the best places to work in the federal government, it sealed the deal.
What have you learned so far from your position?
I have learned NSF fosters a healthy work-life balance. Starting in late November was ideal, because I have had the unique opportunity to get to know MCB staff and coworkers at holiday gatherings filled with cheer and delicious food. I love the positive working environment, and greatly appreciate everyone who has reached out to mentor, train, or help me more quickly find my place here at NSF… Thank you all!