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Kimberly Iceman
Graduate Student, Biological Sciences
University of Alaska Fairbanks

Kimberly Iceman

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the Biological Sciences at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Upon receiving her Ph.D. she plans to continue on at the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a Staff Scientist.  Kimberly has her dream job and feels like a kid who gets to play with fun toys all day. She enjoys the satisfaction of finally getting something to work in the lab that she has been troubleshooting, or when she can tell the data she is collecting will lead to exciting results.

How has your participation in the Bioscience Program had an impact on your career?
The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program facilitated connecting me with a lab to conduct to research as an undergraduate- this was incredibly important to my early career. The program also helped me get the right frame of reference both for research and for planning my long-term education. The Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program helped pave the way for my success as an undergraduate and graduate student.

What advice would you give current students who aspire to follow a similar career path?
The only good reason to go to graduate school is because you really want to. Never go to graduate school as the path of least resistance, or because you'll get a stipend. Graduate school is really hard, if you're doing it right.

What accomplishments are you most proud of (professionally and/or personally)?
I am proud of how my family has evolved during the last 17 years. Either my husband or I (or both of us) has been in college or graduate school since 1996 and I'll finally be finishing this semester. We had two kids during these years, and it was really hard. I am proud of how we have managed to negotiate and compromise with each other to achieve our professional and personal goals.

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?  Family?  Hobbies?  Interests?
Most of my time is taken up by work and domestic responsibilities. I love the fact that science is my main creative outlet, and that it is so fun for me, so it doesn't bother me at all that I don't have a lot of time for hobbies. I very much enjoy playing music when I get the chance. Also, Alaska is gorgeous, so all I have to do is look out the window, or walk in my neighborhood or on campus to enjoy the wilderness. I'm fortunate to be so fulfilled by my everyday life.

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