Miss USA Encourages Kids to Pursue STEM Careers

Tonight, Miss South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters won Miss Universe. But it was our very own Miss USA, Kára McCullough who won our hearts.

Kára McCullough is an advocate for STEM and Women in Leadership. If we could make her Miss Classroom Antics, we would. She is a scientist for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with a degree in Chemistry. Specifically, she is a radiochemist. During her introduction tonight, Kara told us about her favorite element. “Radium is actually one of my favorite elements because it was founded by the mother of radiochemistry, Marie Curie.” She continued, “And as a radiochemist, I advocate for so many children in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and women in leadership positions and that’s the mission of a Miss Universe.”

Kára has also founded her own self-funded community outreach program, Science Exploration for Kids (SE4K). Through SE4K, Kára cultivates an understanding for STEM and advocates for students to explore STEM career fields.