Kara McCullough

Miss USA 2017

Nuclear Scientist

Meet Kara

McCullough is a scientist in nuclear energy regulation, Miss USA 2017, founder of Science Exploration for Kids, and a girl’s basketball coach. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University. Her major provided her opportunities to intern at many universities, which paved the way to her current career as scientist for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

As the founder of “Science Exploration for Kids” (SE4K) – An organization dedicated to enhancing the science and math experience for students by incorporating the arts into STEM = STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math). SE4K creates “Fun-with-Purpose” activities for every grade level through after-school programs, travel workshops and career readiness. This in return helps students cultivate a passion for all STEAM subjects.

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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence!
— Kara McCullough