Stephanie Halmhofer, Let’s Talk Science Outreach and CurioCity Volunteer

Stephanie HalmhoferStephanie is a bioarchaelologist who volunteers with Let’s Talk Science to share her passion for her field as well as to help inspire young women.

Time volunteering with Let’s Talk Science: 2 years

Current Position: Masters student at the University of Toronto and bioarchaeologist with In Situ Consulting

Learn more about Stephanie’s work in bioarchaeology on her CurioCity Career Profile!

Inspirational Moment: Being in a classroom for Career Day demonstrations on DNA and after, talking about how DNA can be used in archaeology. So many questions were asked that we almost ran out of time in all three sessions! It’s not easy to get a room full of young students talking, so it was very exciting to have so many students expressing their interests through their questions.

Favourite Let’s Talk Science volunteering activity:  I love writing small online articles for CurioCity. It’s such a great platform full of fun and interesting information on just about any subject you can think of, and it’s fantastic being able to contribute to that.

Why do you volunteer with Let’s Talk Science? I think it’s a fantastic way to spread the word not only about how awesome science is, but that there are so many different types of science you can get involved in. I love being able to share my passion for my chosen field (bioarchaeology) and hope to show many people, especially young women, that science is worth being passionate about!

Fun fact: Think of your skeleton as a biography written about you – over your lifetime it records information about the places you’ve lived, the foods you’ve eaten, even the jobs you’ve had. A bioarchaeologist is an archaeologist with special training in understanding how to “read” a skeleton for all of this information, which we can use to reconstruct what life was like in the past!