Born and raised in Baltimore, Emma Young now resides in Saint Louis, Missouri where she is a PhD candidate in Biology at UMSL. She has always wanted to be biologist and never thought that she would question whether applied research was the right career for her – but these days, she spends most of her time pondering nontraditional ways of interacting with science. She enjoys teaching, mentoring, and collaboration both in and outside of lab. When Emma is not at UMSL, she works with the St. Louis chapter of the Story Collider, a live storytelling show about the human, everyday side of science. In addition, she enjoys podcasts, dancing, and hoarding plants.
Courtney King was born and raised in San Francisco. She moved to St. Louis in 2013 to pursue her Masters in Social Work and Public Health, which she completed in 2016.
Although she’s lived in St. Louis for five years, she only recently realized that she’s finally ready to call the city “home.” Outside of work, Courtney has been exploring her interest in writing . She has always loved reading and writing poetry, but she has recently become interested in beginning a blog as an outlet for creative writing. That’s part of the reason why she became a Campfire fellow – she wants to spend more time exploring her creative voice and her own story, and she feels that developing her storytelling chops will inform her writing style. Courtney also loves dancing and music, especially Afrobeats and salsa.
Become a Campfire Fellow
Help us choose and explore our next Season Question
What is a Campfire Fellow?
- A Campfire Fellow discovers their own wisdom through answering the season question.
- A Campfire Fellows learn public speaking, storytelling, and group facilitation
- A Campfire Fellow shares what they’ve learned and invites others into the discussion.
- A Campfire Fellow supports the development and growth of Campfire.
What are we looking for in a Fellow?
- Campfire Fellows must be first and foremost kind.
- To do good work as a Campfire Fellow you need to have a certain level of introspection.
- It’s necessary to be open to sharing your stories.
- It’s important for our Fellows to not only understand Campfire’s work but to also believe in it.
- An ideal fellow has the necessary time available to be able to fully commit.
- The ideal Campfire Fellow has a “sweet spot” of skills and is ready.