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iamscienceLogoRelating the scientific profession to youth is necessary to inspire the next generation of scientists. In an effort to connect to late secondary and early undergraduate students (i.e., those students who are still making decisions about which fields might interest them),  fellow graduate student, Erin Toffelmier, and I propose to highlight the decision-making moments in the lives of diverse graduate students that led them to pursue careers in science. To this end, we are developing a series of short videos in which we attempt to communicate that successful young scientists come from diverse backgrounds and study a vast array of topics in a way that is more accessible to students than the media currently available. We hope to make them widely available and locally provide them to Los Angeles area high-schools and other venues which host career days and career outreach events. Check out the first two videos on our YouTube channel: