Changing the face of STEM by building a community for brilliant women.
Connecting young women to mentors and role models within the STEM fields to empower them to pursue a science degree that once seemed unattainable and unrelatable.
Providing higher visibility to existing resources while gathering information for new methods to support students throughout their academic journey.
Creating pathways to industry and higher education to grow a larger network of female STEM professionals that are role models for the women that follow.
Defiant Science is an organization deeply rooted in the belief that the future of STEM is dependent on women working within these fields We are a pending 501(c)3 nonprofit, dedicated to empowering all young women to follow their passion and pursue careers in STEM fields. From an impactful age in young women’s lives, we provide support by surrounding them with the right access to resources, opportunities, mentors, community, and anything else they need to succeed.
Alexis Quezada & Shireen Dooling
Alexis and Shireen are matcha tea lovers and Arizona State University alumni. They graduated with a Bachelor of Science in graphic design from the Herberger Design School. Both of them love and support science education, outreach and research so much that they have created Defiant Science to fulfill their desire to contribute to something greater than themselves while helping other women achieve their goals.
Alexis enjoys hiking the Arizona mountains and caves while cosplaying at charity events. Defiant Science is a way for her to combine multiple passions of design, learning and science into one. She is constantly learning new design techniques and creative ways to solve problems that impact the world today.
Shireen makes sure to look up at the sky at night, but if she’s not outside, she’s spending her free time studying Astrophysics at ASU. She cofounded Defiant Science because she feels that there isn’t enough support for young women interested in these fields and has experienced it firsthand.