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Q&A with Molly Paul: Turtle Power

Interviewed by Joelle Seligson

This interview appeared in the September/October 2014 issue of Dimensions magazine.

A decade ago, five-year-old Molly Paul declared that she wanted to be a leader in the science world. Today, the tenth grader is starting her fourth year as a junior curator at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) in Raleigh, which will host ASTC’s 2014 Annual Conference. Paul is also founder of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math to Leaders Engaged in Affecting the Future (STEM to LEAF) camp at NCMNS, and of Raleigh Aquatic Turtle Adoption, a local organization dedicated to saving unwanted pet turtles. She has earned awards for her student leadership and her volunteer service, and earlier this year she accompanied NCMNS Director Emlyn Koster to accept a National Medal for Museum and Library Service at the White House. Recently, Paul took some time to chat with Dimensions about her passion for science and her goals for the future.

Read the full transcript, or listen to the podcast below.

About the image: Emlyn Koster (left), director of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and Molly Paul (center) accept the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from First Lady Michelle Obama (right) in a White House ceremony. Photo courtesy IMLS