Published: July 8, 2021  |  

“It doesn’t have to be familiar, it doesn’t have to be safe all the time. I can go and take these risks and grow as a person.”

Shaz Zamore, ATLAS Institute

What I Know Now: Shaz Zamore, ATLAS

Dr. Zamore (they/them) obtained their PhD in Neurobiology and Behavior from the University of Washington Seattle in 2015 and is currently an ATLAS Instructor with the University of Colorado. Their work combines a background in neurobiology and neuroengineering and their drive and focus for diverse social engagement. Our Student Advisory Board members, Emery and Paul, had the opportunity to interview Dr. Z, and here are a few highlights from our latest episode of What I Know Now:

  • How their experiences with math in early academic spaces and dislike of the subject ended up becoming a critical skill in their career and post student life. 
  • Discussing how safety is not always congruent with manifesting personal growth, which is why they encourage students to take risks and explore nontraditional opportunities in high school to diversify and better your academic and extracurricular experiences. 
  • Perspectives on how the pandemic will affect academia in the long-term, they note the incredible power online learning has to promote more accessible and flexible education. 

About Dr. Shaz Zamore 
Dr. Shaz Zamore (they/them) is an ATLAS instructor and STEM outreach coordinator at the University of Colorado. Their interests span a range of scientific promise from creating accessible science and education outreach with a focus on neurosciences, to exploring the neural network and sensations of animals. Dr. Zamore is a first generation American who is heavily invested in outreach and inclusion. 

About the Student Advisory Board
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