Star student and NASA standout now prepping for a star-filled future

Calista Lum is having a once-in-a-lifetime junior year, working at NASA. Submitted photo

Like many young women, Calista Lum absorbed the message that she was not as capable as her male peers when it came to science, technology, engineering and math.

Teachers in her Fairfield high school engineering classes often asked if male classmates had done her work for her.

“I just assumed the boys were so much better at it than me,” she said.

She wanted to pursue physics, engineering and data ...

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