Say hi to Anna Laura Huckelba (She/her)! Anna Laura is originally from Italy but currently living in the Netherlands and studies social psychology at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam!
What kind of scientist are you?
I am currently a Research Master’s student in Social Psychology. I am interested in urban sensescapes and the future of urban mobility.
What made you want to become a scientist?
I have had a perpetual love for science and learning since childhood, but the human brain particularly has always fascinated me. Experimental research allows me to continue learning and evolving my ideas as new discoveries are made every day. It can never be boring!
“As a human, I wish we could all embrace diversity so nobody feels that they are alone.”Anna Laura Huckelba
What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
As a woman in the field of psychology, I often feel that men have dominated the field, even though my classes have always been filled with women. As a butch lesbian, I have never met a professor who was openly a member of the LGBT+ community. As a human, I wish we could all embrace diversity so nobody feels that they are alone.
What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I enjoy playing on a recreational kickball team in Amsterdam. I also love riding motorcycles!
If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I feel that a lot of women, people of colour, LGBT+ people, and people in other underrepresented groups are still often discouraged from following STEM careers, starting from a very young age. I wish we could encourage young people of all types and find what interests them, not what society or their parents wish for them.
“I wish we could encourage young people of all types and find what interests them, not what society or their parents wish for them.”Anna Laura Huckelba
Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I am very fortunate that my family, especially my mother, has always pushed me to succeed and follow my dreams. I am also very thankful for a professor I had during my undergrad, Dr. Deborah Danzis, who sparked my interest in experimental research. I will forever be grateful to her.
Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
While I hate to admit failures, I received an insufficient grade on a major exam almost four months ago. I experience extreme anxiety during exams, and sometimes it overwhelms me. However, I was able to overcome this anxiety for the retake exam and I just received an email today stating that I achieved an outstanding score!