After doing biological research for over a decade and teaching in Nashville public middle schools for 3+ years, Matt left his position as a postdoc at Vanderbilt's Collaborative for STEM Education and Outreach in February 2021 to focus on GP full time.
Matt Wilkins, PhD
A scientist, teacher, writer, and pusher of boulders. Matt wants to live in a world where critical thinking and curiosity are as essential as breathing. Enjoys rock climbing, wildlife photography, and doing silly voices.
Our multitalented group of contractors and volunteers includes scientists, artists, communicators, and education experts who are responsible for bringing each Galactic Polymath lesson to life.
DIGITAL MULTIMEDIA SPECIALIST
A PhD candidate in science communication, award winning video producer,and previous Jackson Wild Media Lab Fellow. Stephanie is also founder of Phuture Doctors—a media company showcasing diverse voices in STEM.
Elaine Perignat, PhD
A spirited over-thinker with genuine enthusiasm for teaching and learning. Elaine loves to paint, create, build, and play if it means getting her hands dirty. Literally.
Carver Lee, MSc
Graphic Design + Marketing Lead
A geologist, sailor, teacher, and designer all rolled into one, Carver believes that learning and creating are always the way forward.
Aarati Asundi, PhD
A scientist, entrepreneur, and storyteller. From biology to climate change, she loves learning about the latest scientific research and sharing it with the world.
Jayme Dyer, PhD
A biology educator and science communicator, Jayme says Wow a lot(especially about science!) and works to help others do the same.
Learning Multimedia Artist
A biologist, scientist, educator, artist, and cyclist in constant pursuit of making things a little bit better. She loves learning, creating, and being outdoors!
An animator and experimental filmmaker who loves anything and everything that combines art and technology. Especially when it’s for a good cause.
Jacki Whisenant, MS
An illustrator, entomologists, and museum minion with a fondness for bats, bones, and anything with six legs. Enthusiastic about collaboration!
The talented, mostly volunteer, group building and maintaining our site, as well as a growing variety of publishing and teaching tools. Fluent in React.js, SASS, CSS, HTML, R and other languages.
Lead Developer, GP Publishing Workflow
A problem solver who codes, makes art, and roller skates, Kenzie is trying to pay it forward and delighted to work with such kind, talented people in the process.
Lead Developer, JobViz
A Software Developer with a love of music, gardening, and using technology to make the world a better place. Leigha deeply believes in TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More!
Lesson Plan UI/UX Lead
An earnest problem solver that loves to break things down and build things up. Loves food, beer, and communing with the great outdoors.
We wouldn't be here without the hard work of these amazing folks!
Front End Web Developer
A Software Developer who loves problem solving, puzzles, and art. Fan of gaming, learning, and crocheting adorable, nerdy things. Powered by coffee.
Front End Web Developer
A food fanatic, day hiker, video game vanquisher, Corgi lover, and Software Developer. Loves being part of a team focused on making a difference.
Tyler Lemburg, MSc
Previous Lead Developer, JobViz
A Senior Software Engineer working remotely for Cognito. Tyler built the first iteration of JobViz. He has worked for several nonprofits as a web developer and recently earned a Masters in Climatology.
Back End Developer
Arda is a senior at Vanderbilt University, majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was key in developing our early website in 2019-2020 using Node.JS, React, and SQL managed through AWS.
The amazing organizations we work with to generate high quality multimedia, develop new education tools, and improve access to STEM careers for underserved communities.
STEM Advocacy Institute
As an SAI Affiliate, we are working together to tell the stories of scientists and STEM professionals, and connect with underserved audiences.
Galactic Polymath and Phuture Doctors are both committed to amplifying diverse voices in STEM and nurturing curiosity and critical thinking in everyone.
This UK-based nonprofit offers a tool for exploring the evolutionary connections between over 2 million species using a Google Earth-like interface! We are working to make this incredible tool accessible for young students and incorporating it into our biology lessons.