Today’s talk in Chicago for the GEM GRAD Lab dealt strongly with connecting to research on a humanitarian level. Many students said that they don’t see themselves as researchers, so they consider opting out of STEM and choosing other fields. My discussion was based upon recognizing that we need people who are compassionate and ethical in STEM. You can use your STEM talents for service; conducting research doesn’t dissociate you from serving humanity. When you do research in biomedical engineering, environmental science, and other fields, you can direct the purpose of your work toward saving lives, national security, clean water, etc. The National Academy of Engineering has a full list of grand challenges that deal with these very issues. Take some time to think about how you can connect your “calling” to your research. The world is waiting.