We are pleased to announce that the Minnesota Chapter Scientist of the Year for 2020 is Rhonda Franklin, PhD. Dr. Franklin is a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Minnesota and dedicates her time and energy to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.
Building on the Minnesota Chapter’s spring webinar about “The Need for Science Advocacy,” we are recognizing Dr. Franklin, not only for her ground-breaking research, but for her work mentoring and encouraging students to follow careers in science.
In 2020, Dr. Franklin received one of the inaugural Institute of Engineering in Medicine (IEM) Abbott Professorships in Innovative Education, awarded to the co- directors of the Inspire Program in IEM at the University of Minnesota. The award is intended to help advance the IEM's mission to inspire students from diverse communities in eighth grade through junior college to see themselves in STEM careers in biomedicine and healthcare. Watch a short video about Dr. Franklin here!
During our 11th Annual Scholar Awards Webinar, Dr. Franklin will share the fascinating story of her journey as a scientist and how she inspires young people to follow STEM careers.