Assistant Professor Mercedes Taylor represented in Smithsonian's #IfThenSheCan — the Exhibit

Professor Mercedes Taylor one of 120 women in STEM whose statues surround the National Mall

Mercedes Taylor came face to face with herself as a life-size statue on the National Mall and thought, “Is that how tall I am?” Somehow, the height was more of a shock than the statue’s neon orange hue.  

The assistant professor in UMD’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is one of 120  women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) now being honored on the Mall and a number of Smithsonian museums in a temporary showcase. “#IfThenSheCan—The Exhibit,” part of the Smithsonian’s “Women’s Futures Month,” will run through March 27, coinciding with much of Women’s History Month.

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