Astrobiologist Amy Williams shows young women in STEM that the sky is the limit

Lying in the bed of her parents’ pickup truck in 1990s South Carolina, marveling at meteor showers across the night sky, a grade-school Amy Williams would often wonder: “Is there another variety of little girl out there, looking back and wondering if she’s also alone in the universe?”

Today, Williams, Ph.D., dedicates her life to exploring that childhood question, as an astrobiologist and assistant geology professor at the University of Florida. Her groundbreaking research, examining signs of ancient life on Mars, has already brought her closer to an answer.

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