Melanie Campbell discovered her love of physics in the early 1970s, when there were very few women in her undergraduate program and not a single female professor.
“I have to say that most of my professors were very encouraging. I was very lucky … I remember one of them saying, ‘I don’t want to see you getting coffee for anyone or doing any filing. You're here to do research.’ ”
Today, Campbell is a world-class physicist developing imaging devices for the eye to improve diagnosis of illnesses like Alzheimer’s disease.
She also works tirelessly to remove barriers for women in academia. She has been a strong advocate for infant daycare spaces on campus, parental leave and more equitable hiring practices.
“Each time I see a hurdle or experience a difficulty … I try to do something so other people won’t face the same situation. I think everyone should keep working toward an inclusive environment with more gender balance.”
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