Founder of iResearch Corporation
Serena has dedicated her life to the advancement of science and to science education with the nation’s most promising youth. Dr. Serena McCalla was raised in New York City, and fell in love with science as an elementary school student. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Biological Sciences/African American and African studies from State University of New York, at Binghamton University with the intention of becoming an ER physician. However, she quickly realized she was more inspired by research than medicine. To satisfy her craving for deeper information, Dr. Serena McCalla earned a MS degree in Hematology/Microbiology, a PhD that explored the use of diagnostic tests to improve the understanding of genetics, photosynthesis, and respiration in secondary and collegiate courses. Read More >
Educating Future Scientist
Science Fair Trailer
On Science Fair and Helping Shape Young Scientific Minds
Defining Your Own Future
On CBS New York
Education is one of the few professions with limited modifications in teaching and learning practices since inception. As technology and knowledge accessibility is greatly enhanced training of students to handle the onslaught of information and decipher between pertinent and non-pertinent information must shape learning. The best teachers are disruptive, we challenge traditional understandings and do not follow the status quo of predecessors. Teaching and learning shouldn’t end with students taking standardized examinations but with the encouragement to follow their passions and think outside of the box. IF YOU LOVE WHAT YOU DO AND DO IT WELL, SUCCESS WILL FOLLOW!
What wakes you up in the morning? What is your passion? No task or goal is unattainable unless you lack a plan and the actions to achieve your goals. Innovators must scale winning behaviors and be courageous. Success is only limited by ability to become your own best advocate. Success is driven by passion, perseverance, motivation and determination and the best investment of time and energy is time spent fulfilling a dream or goal. To realize your future goals you must master the 5 P’s: Read More >
1. Passion, 2. Patience, 3. Purpose, 4. Perseverance, 5. Prioritize Read Less ^
Initially, most students think science and math are too difficult for an “average” student to master and a poor teacher can easily diminish or even extinguish the wonder of science. Today, many students can help great teachers write the science class curricula based upon their interests, this act will reduce the notion that science and math is inaccessible. The best Science Research programs must establish the importance of asking questions and encouraging young adults to follow their passions and achieve goals others deem impossible. Once the science spark is ignited, harnessing the moment that students first identify they can master a science concept or discipline will conclude with the greatest of innovations and innovators.
STEM and science suffer from a lack of diversity which includes women and minorities. Innovation driven solely by male intuition and understanding will lack the foresight to address the concerns of over half of the human population. Dr. Serena McCalla started iResearch Institute because she wanted little girls who didn’t have a role model in science that looked like them to see themselves her. She believes we can wear lab coats and lipstick while creating the inventions and solving the problem that shape the world!
"Dr. McCalla made me rethink some of the things that I do with students. I am looking into creating a mentor program in my school."
"…hearing and meeting Dr. McCalla after seeing her in Science Fair was a rockstar moment! Her passionate and informative talk, and her ability to communicate to young and older students/parents was priceless."