An interview with Joey Rouse

Name: Joey Rouse

Current Job: Graduate Student

Scientific Discipline/Field: Microbiology and Immunology

Country: United States

Pick some letters (L,G,B,T,Q,+, etc.): Gay (G)

Website: https://www.mcw.edu/education/graduate-school/faculty/joseph-rouse

Twitter or other social media handle: @RouseJoey

What does your job involve?

Conducting research projects, taking classes, communicating my research to the public, participating in mentorship programs.

How did you get to this job (education etc.)?

B.S. and M.S. in molecular biology, laboratory research experience.

Do you feel being LGBT has affected your career decisions?

Yes, because I want to work in a safe and welcoming community, as well as have the opportunity to mentor and be a positive role model for others.

Have you had any reactions from colleagues about being LGBT, either good or bad?

“Coming out” is a constant struggle and we don’t just do it once, but I am lucky to have had the welcoming support of my colleagues when I had to “come out” to them.

Did you have any role models growing up (LGBT, STEM, totally unrelated.)?

No, but I hope to be one for others.

What are your plans for the future?

I aspire to be a college professor with a research lab, so that I can be a positive influence and provide career opportunities for LGBT students.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Have Pride in STEM!

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