Michelle Higgins

Associate Director, Societal Impact

Michelle Higgins earned a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Physics focusing on submillimeter laser systems and the modeling of 3-D radar scattering of tactical vehicles. She is the co-founder of Imagine Your STEM Future: A STEM Mentoring Program for burgeoning STEMinistas. As the Associate Director of UArizona’s Societal Impact, Higgins works to bring together people, resources, and research to build a more diverse population of life-long STEM learners. Higgins is also active in local and national initiatives for STEM equity. She currently serves as Vice President of Membership and STEM Chair for the Arizona American Association of University Women (AAUW) and is a national advisor for Twin Cities Public Media’s Latina SciGirls and SciGirls in National Parks. During her free time, Higgins can be found on the mats training in martial arts. She is a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and first degree black belt in Kenpo Karate.