Sarah Barks

Sarah Barks

Director, STEM Career Community and Interim Pre-Health Adviser

Sarah leads the STEM Career Community at Grinnell. She provides students and early career alumni industry-focused advising, experiential learning opportunities, and targeted programming as they focus and connect their values, strengths, and interest to specific postgraduate goals and ambitions related to science, technology, engineering, and math & data. She advises students and graduates interested in careers and graduate degrees in STEM-related fields. Sarah also advises students interested in the health professions.

A native of Missouri and graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (BA in anthropology and philosophy–neuroscience–psychology), Sarah holds a PhD in biological anthropology from Emory University and comes to Grinnell after three years as a post-doctoral scientist at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Her research focused on great ape social cognition and neuroanatomy.

When not advising Grinnellians, Sarah spoils her pets, hula hoops (sometimes with fire), bakes pie, and does too many crossword puzzles. She joined the CLS team in September 2014.


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