Despite only now pursuing her PhD, Kaylynne M. Glover is one of the most accomplished women I have had the pleasure of meeting. She completed her undergraduate BSC degree in Life/Earth Science at the University of Central Arkansas and her MA in Biology at Arkansas State, has served as a college advisor, wrote and instructed a course on the interplays between science and religion, and is now at the University of Kentucky researching sexual coercion and the influences fertility can have on human behavior- all while having a family, acting as president of the Graduate Student Congress, and instructing two undergraduate research labs! She is interested in exploring how society and science interact and would like to play a role creating and informing science policy in government to help bridge the gap between these separated communities.
Kaylynne M. Glover was the first in her family to complete a bachelor’s degree and has defined the odds coming from a community where women were expected to find a husband in college instead of an education. She has been a self-identified ceiling-breaker and patriarchy-smasher from the start as the first female Arkansian to take the Science Olympiad Chemistry exam and wants every girl out there facing the idea that they cannot have it all to know “We need you. We need women who are drawn to what they love. We need women to reject convention.” If she could give any piece of advice to the young women even thinking about entering STEM, it would be that “You can’t be happy without doing what you are drawn to. It is only through following what you love to do that you will find satisfaction.”