...A teacher introduced Strozier to Yvonne Harris, who at the time was
's director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and the
Advancement of Technological Education. Harris suggested Strozier try
"My philosophy is that we're born scientists and
mathematicians and we experiment and observe the world around us all the
time," Harris said. "Having the 'A' students is nice, but we wanted
people who had tenacity and determination, a refusal to fail."
Strozier doubted she had the proper training or the ability to be "a
real scientist," she tried it anyway and wound up working in a lab
caring for a Chinese hamster ovary cell line.
morning, I had to get up to (feed the cells)," Strozier said. "My
grandmother would say, 'Where are you going?' and I'd say, 'I'm off to
feed the cells.' I got the nickname Madam Cho. I loved doing it. That's
when I knew I wanted to go into the sciences."
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