Academic Influence Interviews

At we have the opportunity and honor to speak with many scholars who are highly influential in their fields.

Our interviews typically reveal insights about an academic discipline that prospective students intent on studying that discipline find helpful. At the same time, our interviews explain

  • what top scholars are doing,
  • what got them into their profession,
  • what continues to excite them in their research, and
  • what it’s like being part of the communities into which their studies have led them.

Often we learn that there is so much more happening in a given discipline than is commonly imagined, so that these interviews turn into truly enlightening conversations.

We hope you enjoy these interviews as much as we have enjoyed making them.

We are always bringing out new interviews, so please stay tuned.



How to be a pioneering woman in STEM | Interview with Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell


Is Supersymmetry all that Super? | Interview with Dr. Mikhail Shifman


We should be melting | Interview with Dr. Nancy Forde


What is Next for Supersymmetry and Dark Matter? | Interview with Dr. Joseph Incandela


What is Quantum Mechanics, really? | Interview with Dr. Gerard ’t Hooft


What makes a biophysicist? | Interview with Dr. Nancy Forde


What makes a Breakthrough Junior Challenge winning video? | Interview with Maryam Tsegaye


Where is the Breakthrough Junior Challenge winner now? | Interview with Maryam Tsegaye