Why/when did you want to become a scientist?
What makes you want to go to work each day?
What’s the hardest/worst part of being a scientist?
What the best/most fun part of being a scientist?
Where do you do your best thinking/innovating?
How do you come up with your ideas? (How did you come up with this idea?)
What is one thing most people don’t know about you?
What do you do to relax/have fun?
What is your favorite movie/book/vacation destination?
Who is your science idol? Why?
What has been the science highlight of your life so far?
What’s the best thing that could ever happen to you as a scientist?
ABOUT THE RESEARCH
What does (confusing terms/processes/implications) really mean? Can you explain/simplify?
How long have you been working on this research?
How did you get involved in this project?
How many people do you work with on it?
What is the most challenging part of this project?
What is the most rewarding/fun part of your research?
Why is this research important?
Who might it ultimately help? (And how will that feel for you?)
When will we know?
What is involved in your research (or what do you actually do every day – – work in lab, on computer, with other scientists?)
What are some of the cool tools and techniques you use?
What is one highlight or the most unforgettable moment of the research so far?