Crystal Johnson ~ Cultivating Student Science

Crystal Johnson

An Exemplary Role Model

Dr. Crystal Johnson is a role model – certainly as a female scientist, and a member of a minority group, but also as a successful young scientist who manages to have a good time while doing exemplary research. In spite of the fact that she doesn't choose to think of herself as exemplary, her peers think otherwise. She has been awarded the 2002 National Role Model Award from Minority Access in Washington, DC, which focuses on increasing the participation of minorities in biomedical research. She participated in the 2003 Minority Trainee Research Forum in San Diego, California and was given the 2009 Moss Point Jackson County NAACP Achievement Award, in Moss Point, Mississippi, where she grew up. She serves on the American Society for Microbiology Committee on Microbiological Issues Impacting Minorities (CMIIM), and she is also the Associate Editor of CMIIM's The Minority Microbiology Mentor. Crystal also serves as a Diversity Mentor in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity.

According to Dr. Sheri Wischusen, Director of Undergraduate Research Education for the College of Science at LSU, who helped Crystal find housing and other resources for her summer research students the first year she was at LSU, "With women and underrepresented minorities, we're doing a good job. There's a snowball effect - once you get a few good role models like Crystal, that draws people in. And like Crystal, our women and minority students are fabulous."

Sheri Wischusen