"I Can See Myself in STEM" Ambassador Profile - Deborah Berebichez

Deborah Berebichez

Chief Data Scientist
Metis and the Discovery Channel, New York, NY

Personal statement:

My name is Deborah Berebichez. And I am the first Mexican woman to get a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University. Growing up, I was discouraged from pursuing a career in science. So it took the help of a great mentor to make my dreams come true. As an undergraduate student at Brandeis, I told Roopesh Ojha, a graduate student from India that I didn’t want to die without trying to do physics. He believed in me! So he helped me skip through the first two years of the physics major so that I could finish my B.A. in only two years -while I had a scholarship. After that I went on to earn my PhD with a Nobel Prize physicist at Stanford and since then, my mission in life is to inspire and encourage other women -who like myself- feel attracted to STEM but who for some reason feel that they cannot achieve their dreams. And now I’m here to help you.


Internationally recognized physicist, TV host and data scientist Deborah Berebichez is the first Mexican woman to graduate with a physics Ph.D. from Stanford University. She is the co-host of Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show (2012 – present) where she uses her physics background to explain the science behind extraordinary engineering feats. She also appears as an expert on the Travel Chanel, NOVA, CNN, FOX, MSNBC and numerous international media outlets.

Dr. Berebichez’ is currently the Chief Data Scientist at Metis in NY. At Metis she leads the creation and growth of exceptional data science training opportunities. Her passion is to empower young people to learn science and to improve the state of STEM education in the world. Her work in science education and outreach has been recognized by the WSJ, Oprah, Dr. Oz, TEDx, DLD, WIRED and others. She is a winner of the Society of SHPE’s STAR Award and a recipient for Top Latina Tech Blogger by the Association of Latinos in Social Media LATISM. Dr. Berebichez completed two postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University’s Applied Math and Physics Department and at NYU’s Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences.

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