Erika Ebbel Angle
Erika Ebbel Angle is a 2004 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Music. She is currently attending Boston University Medical School in the division of Graduate Medical Sciences as a Ph.D. candidate in Biochemistry. At MIT she was involved in virology, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology research. She was awarded third place at the 2000 MIT Biology Undergraduate Research Symposium and was invited to be one of the youngest poster presenters at the 48th American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference in Long Beach, California, in June of 2000. In 2003, Erika was nominated as a recipient of the United States Achievement Academy National Sciences Award, and she has been inducted into two honor societies at MIT.
While attending Crystal Springs Uplands middle and high schools, Erika became interested in isolating natural antiviral products from an herb. Her project led to her involvement with many multinational companies and institutions, and she was the recipient of a number of awards, including: third-place Grand Award at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 1997; first-place national winner of the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium; 1999 Intel Science Talent Search Finalist; three-time winner of the California State Science Fair; and the 1999 winner of both the California State Student and Project of the Year awards.
In 2002, Erika founded what would become Science from Scientists. She believes that it is possible to spark interest in science by involving students in hands-on projects. After learning that national math and science test scores among middle and high school students have declined in recent years, Erika decided to start a program to encourage student involvement in science research, science projects, and science fairs by providing support and help to those interested.
In 2007, Erika was selected by L'Oreal Paris as a Woman of Worth for her work with Science from Scientists and was featured on Lifetime TV. Erika has served as a commissioner for the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women and is currently serving on a subcommittee of the Massachusetts Governor's STEM Council. Erika was Miss Massachusetts 2004 in the Miss America Scholarship Program. She has appeared on Nova and TLC in shows such as "The Secret Lives of Scientists."