A Role Model for Women in Science
Grades: 5 - 12

Video Description: Lan Yang, PhD, is a leader among women at Washington University in St. Louis. Gain insights into how she got started, why she does the work she does, and the challenges and opportunities available in science fields. The Edwin H. and Florence G. Skinner Professor at the McKelvey School of Engineering holds the most patents and disclosures of any female faculty member.

Type of Video: Profile*
Unique Video ID: CIP-46**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • For Discussion: What characteristics of a successful scientist do students see in Dr. Yang?
  • Activity Idea: Use the video as part of a unit focused on women in science. Give students an example of a female research scientist working in STEM and the type of work a person gets to do in that field.


*Profile videos use a first-person/first-hand approach to highlight interesting people doing interesting things in the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.