In this section we showcase ten exceptional life scientists from underrepresented groups in academia and industry who recount their lives and career paths. Their accomplishments, as unique as their histories, demonstrate first-hand how diversity enriches not only a specific discipline or field, but all of society. There is a sense of excitement about where they are now, and what they still hope to achieve is a common denominator.

You'll notice a favorite mentor figures prominently in many of their backgrounds. These scientists, in turn, champion the same philosophy, and they now mentor students or younger colleagues themselves. Passing the diversity baton to the next generation means practicing dual careers for some. As one profiled scientist says, "Bench chemistry is my job and diversity is my hobby... and I think my hobby is taking over my life!"

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