Megan Tandar


Salt Lake City, Utah

Academic Interests

Biology, Psychology, Education, History, & Health Policy

Fun Fact

I once ate nuts (which I am allergic to) to get out of Chinese class 

I’ve always been interested in STEM- when I was younger, I used to make lists of questions about the world, from “why flowers are different colors?” to “how do sunflowers know where the sun is?” This was further developed through research experiences; I spent four years in a biomedical lab in high school, along with two years in a psychology lab, receiving a $10,000/year scholarship as a Regeneron ISEF Finalist. 

Through my work as co-president of my school's science fair club and internship with Utah STEM Action Center, I became interested in STEM identity and community.  Coming from an ethnically monochromatic community, I’ve learned the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM fields. It's crucial to me that people from all walks of life, especially those from underrepresented backgrounds, never feel excluded in science, particularly within education spaces. I’d like to explore the way historical narratives have shaped who we consider to be a scientist and how rethinking/reshaping this narrative can make STEM more accessible to the community. 

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

I love how collaborative Duke is. Duke fosters a culture of genuine cooperation; their study spaces create communities for shared learning and growth. 

Megan Tandar
Megan Tandar