Hi! My name is Stephanie Castillo,


and I am a fourth-year Ph.D. student in chemistry at Vanderbilt University.

I started Phuture Doctors as both a creative outlet for me to share my passion for outreach and teaching, but to also bring diversity to the STEM workforce and academia through representation in media.

I use YouTube as a platform for outreach because it can be easily accessed and available for teachers to use in their classroom. I have been able to practice my skills in script writing, storyboarding, directing, producing, animating, and editing videos.

I am also using social media, specifically Instagram, as a way to practice my science communication and storytelling skills. I interview my colleagues who are also minorities in their field and talk about their research in under 2,000 characters, which complement the pictured shared. I also talk about my graduate school experience with full transparency to show both the highs and lows of the Ph.D. process, and navigating that space as minority in STEM.

My interest outside of research and my side hustle is rock climbing, going to concerts, watching tv/YouTube, and spending time with my husband and two cats.

Looking forward to meeting/working with you!

CV Overview


  • Ph.D in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University (expected 2020)

  • M.S. in Chemistry, Vanderbilt University (2017)

  • B.S. in Chemistry, University of Central Florida (2015)

  • A.A. in General Studies, Valencia Community College (2012)


  • Materials Research Society - Science in Video competition

  • Wond’ry Prelaunch Entrepreneur Program - Microgrant Winner

  • Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning Fellowship

    • Funding to produce second and third episode of Phuture Doctors

  • Humanities Arts Science and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory Scholars

    • Funding to produce first episode of Phuture Doctors

  • Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship

    • Certificate in Undergraduate Teaching

Full CV provided upon request.





ComSciCon-ATL is a branch from the nationcal entitiy that hosts a local science communication workshop for graduate students.

I helped fundraise money for the workshop, establish an online presence through social media marketing and public engagement, design materials, as well as day-of photographer.


award winning video producer

I am a self-taught video producer thanks to my addiction to YouTube. The video I produced along with my colleague, Dr. Alice Leach, that explains the use of silicon in our smartphones and why we fabricate silicon in a cleanroom.

Follow my journey on social media

I share the highs and lows of my journey in pursuing a Ph.D.