In 1994, Tifferney White was planning to graduate from Johnson C. Smith University and take a gap year before heading to medical school…or so she thought.

As a way to practice her interviewing skills, White’s professor suggested that she apply to Discovery Place science museum, which was hiring for a community outreach position.

“My professor said ‘Discovery Place is interviewing, and you should go and get some practice,’” she recalled. “So I came here to get some practice. Three interviews later, they were offering me a job.”

The first-generation college student became the museum’s first science club specialist, a role that would expose STEM to youth who didn’t have the opportunity to visit a science museum. It was a perfect combination that mixed White’s chemistry

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