1. Introduction
    1. Kathryn D. Sullivan. She is famous for being known as the first American woman to walk in space.
    2. You will learn about her life, education, accomplishments, and more as a woman in science. I believe she
      makes a great role model for women of all ages pursuing science
      careers.
  2. Background Information of her Life
    1. Sullivanwas born on October 3, 1951 in Paterson, New Jersey.
    2. As a little kid she was intrigued by aircrafts, boats, and the concept of how
      things worked and what made it work rather than dolls as any other little
      girl was into.
    3. She followed up on all the stories revolving around NASA, space flight, John
      Glenn and Alan Shepard’s flights.
  3. Education
    1. Graduating from high school she decided to pursue to be a language major.
    2. She chose to go to the University of California in Santa Cruz because of the
      Russian program that was being offered at the time.
    3. Her professor John Hummel one of the reasons as to why she changed her major;
      he advised her on what science course she should take.
    4.  In 1973 Sullivan earned a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from the
      University of California.
    5. In 1978 she received her Ph.D. in Geology in Dalhousie University.
    6. In 1985 she received her Honorary Doctorate in Dalhousie University; along with receiving her Honorary Degree in the State University of New York in 1991.
  4. Work Experience
    1. Military

i. She worked in the military as a
Commander in the U.S Naval Reserve.

    1. NASA

ii. From 1978 to 1992 Sullivan was involved with working for NASA at Johnson Space
Center in Houston, Texas as an astronaut in the flight crew operations
division.

3. Post NASA

i. After working for NASA in 1985 Sullivan became an adjunct professor at Rice
University at Houston, Texas.
ii. She then moved on to working as “Chief Scientist for the United States Commerce
Department under the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in
Washington, D.C during 1993 to 1996” (Johnson Space Center).
iii. 1996 to 1999 Sullivan then started working as “President and Chief Executive
Officer, Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio” (Johnson Space
Center).
iv. And lastly, she worked at John Glenn School of Public Affairs for the Ohio State
University in Columbus.

V.Professional & Honorary Societies

  1. Some of the
    societies in which Sullivan was involved in included Woods Hole Oceanographic
    Institution, The National Academy of Sciences’ Committee: On Earth and
    Environmental Sciences, and Board of Directors for The Planetary Society.

i. Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is known for
being one of the “largest private non-profit oceanographic institutions in the
world and is dedicated to research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science” (WHOI
Institution).
ii. The Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences for the National Academy of
Sciences, “is an honorific society of distinguished scholars engaged in
scientific and engineering research, dedicated to the furtherance of science
and technology and to their use for the general welfare” (NAS).
iii. As head board of director for the Planetary Society, the operation goals is to
conduct methods in which the public may interact and have active roles in space
exploration. In the society they “develop innovative
technologies
, like the first solar sail spacecraftfund astronomers hunting for hazardous asteroids and planets orbiting other stars, they also support radio and optical searches for extraterrestrial life, and they influence decision makers , ensuring the future of space exploration” (Planetary Society).

  1. Awards & Citations

A. National Air and Space Museum Trophy, Smithsonian Institution, 1985
B. Jaycees International Ten Outstanding Young Americans
Award, 1987

 C. NASA Exceptional Service Medal, 1988
D. NASA Space Flight Medal, 1984, 1990
E. AIAA Haley Apace Flight Award, 1991
F. AAS Space Flight Achievement Award, 1991
G. Lone Sailor Award, U.S. Navy Memorial Foundation
H. “First Woman” Award, National First Ladies’ Library
and Smithsonian Institution, 2000

        7. Why I Believe she is a Role Model

  A. I feel like Kathryn D. Sullivan would be comfortable playing a role model towards
women and young girls in society to influence them in selecting careers in the
field of science, because she has accomplished so much throughout her life.

  1. Conclusion
    1. Kathryn
      Sullivan is an exceptional character in the field of science; as she has
      been involved in science almost all her life. She has been recognized by
      many associations and societies for her contributions. Even though she is
      now retired from NASA she had logged in over 532 hours spent on missions
      doing what she loved and fulfilling her passion for science.