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Fall 2017


In a series of poems, I reflect on what it means to be a scientist in society today, focusing on the fields of environmental science and biology. My project challenges the conception that science functions separately from social processes and societal structures. Reflecting on articles, books, and interviews conducted with Western students, I explore ideas concerning how the sciences could become more democratic or just. The readings were recommended to me by my faculty advisor based on my inquiry interests. The interview subjects were students and recent graduates of Huxley and the Biology department at Western Washington University. I was careful to describe the interview subjects’ stories in a way that did not allow for speculation about their identities to ensure they would not feel inhibited in their responses. The goal of the project was to examine my field of study and prospective career from a broader perspective.