Dr. Curchoe has always had a passion for advancing basic research and discovery. Additionally, Dr. George serves as a true role model for women in the sciences and actively mentors women researchers, staff members and students just getting interested in a career in science. She truly believes that innovation, discovery and creativity at the bench come from having a wealth of life experience and for that reason, particularly advances STEM careers for underprivileged and minority girls. Dr. George, who is self-admittedly from “the wrong side of the tracks” was a high school dropout who eventually excelled in the sciences, obtaining her Ph.D. in just 3 years. Dr. George is committed to developing the STEM education initiatives in Utah. Since relocating to Utah she has been the Utah State Science Advisor, and involved with the Latinos in Action, Expanding Your Horizons Program, Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair and FIRST robotics.