What Miss USA 2017 Kára McCullough Plans to Do With Her Year
Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough is Miss USA 2017!
Kára is a Physical Scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. One of the many interesting jobs she had in the past was the role of a Resident Inspector at an operating nuclear power plant. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a concentration in Radiochemistry from South Carolina State University.
Kára says the Miss USA title will allow her to be an ambassador in the STEM field for many children, students and women.
"I want to foster the greatness or science in children at a tender age, so they don't have to endure the cycle of fear I did. STEM education is critical for all students. The opportunities are endless in the STEM field," Kára said. "As Miss USA, I want to expand my nonprofit into colleges and create a high school Nuclear Engineering and Radiochemistry bridge program at universities that feature a nuclear program."
Kára has a personal community outreach program called Science Exploration for Kids, where she visits elementary schools and recreation centers and conduct science projects.
Additionally, she volunteers annually at the Montgomery County Science Fair sponsored by the Food and Drug Administration. Aside from judging the science projects and inviting a few scholars to present their research at her Agency, the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission; she makes it her duty to personally talk to every student that presents a project. She's also volunteered with the National Center for Children and Families, which is a local transition shelter, and Best Buddies District of Columbia and Virginia.
As the new Miss USA, what kind of change does she want to see in the world for women?
"Personally, I want to see more women possessing leadership positions in private and government energy and health sciences agencies; not just conducting laboratory research. As a women scientist in the government, I have witnessed and been in many meetings where the ratio of men to women is 10:2," Kára said. "I believe more women should be given the opportunity to be representatives in the energy and medical fields."