"I broke out of my academic bubble at Radcliffe. I made a lot of progress in my scientific research—it was the most productive year of my career—but I had another kind of breakthrough that I never expected.

"As a biologist, I do very basic research on the evolutionary history of sound production in arthropods, but I've always worried that what I do doesn't matter outside my field. After a lot of conversations with other Radcliffe fellows, I've come to feel very strongly that there's fundamental value in studying and understanding the world we live in. Now I'm developing outreach programs to try to get young students interested in science."

Sheila Patek ’94, RI ’09