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Stephanie Castillo


Stephanie Castillo is a Ph.D. candidate in Science Communication at Vanderbilt University. She is also the founder of Phuture Doctors, a digital media company that exposes viewers to diverse careers and professionals in STEM. Her mission: to share the stories of scientists from all intersections of life to young adults 13+ who do not typically see themselves represented on screen. 

Stephanie has nine years of scientific training earning her B.S. and M.Sc. in Chemistry and began to pursue her Ph.D. in Chemistry before switching over to Science Communication. As a graduate student, Stephanie designs and produces science videos centered around identity, representation, and belonging for high school and college students. She is interested to see if videos can be used as a tool to increase interest and motivation towards science. 

Her scientific background, teaching experience, and science filmmaking training as a 2019 Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow have shaped Stephanie to pave her career in becoming a full-time video producer, science communicator, and digital storyteller.


Stephanie Castillo is smiling in front of a white background and with a white table. Her arms are resting on the table, and she's wearing a black floral shirt, gold hoop earrings, and a necklace that says "scientist." She has curly hair just below her shoulders.

Vanderbilt University

Fellowship Sponsor: Heising-Simons Foundation

Fellowship Host: The Las Vegas Review-Journal