"Merritt- Thank you so much! Student after student commented about how great it was to be able to have you come visit class! The students loved you Merritt, and they got a lot out of your message. Such a positive experience for the students! Merritt, good luck as you carry on, and know that your opportunity to connect with students is a very positive and powerful thing that can really inspire kids. Hopefully you have a lot of opportunities meet with students at other schools in the years to come! Your hard work can become their inspiration!"
R. L. Boyles
Hellgate HS - Physics & Biology
"Merritt’s talk at Rugby was very unusual and inspiring; It was more of a motivational talk and discussion than a classic physics lecture. It was refreshing and she is very personable. It certainly set many of the students thinking about their own life goals."
-Dr. Andy Davies, Head of Physics at Rugby School
"I came away from Merritt’s talk with a genuine desire to reflect on both her story and the way she delivered it. It was profoundly apparent that what we had experienced was a woman that was the embodiment of her messages: from the idea that you can be more than one thing, that you can be passionate about arts and science, to the human fundamentals that you get out what you put into life and that there is always something to learn, even in ‘failures’.
The talk, somehow simultaneously inspirational and modestly delivered, sent a palpable ripple of thoughtfulness through our students. It was so exciting to witness the flow of energy between speaker and audience. Merritt’s style and story elicited a focus that struck me as exceptional; the questions raised were a clear confirmation of the enthusiasm with which the talk was met. Merritt’s responses were empathetic, sensitive and motivational. I have no doubt that everyone in the room took away something valuable, something that will, consciously or not, inform future choices."
-Victoria Lee, Head of English, ICHK
"Received more positive feedback from our students over the last few days since your talk, lots of interesting hopes and questions coming from it."
-Russel Duncombe, International College of Hong Kong
"Merritt's energy and enthusiasm are infectious and children seem to really relate to her. She is academically successful in a very difficult field, and to do this alongside a second unrelated career is enormously impressive. Merritt is an excellent speaker and thoroughly inspirational woman.
I organised an event last year (February 2017) to encourage girls to see themselves as scientists and consider STEM careers. We had 100 participants aged 11-14. They were clearly very inspired by her, and a number of the evaluation forms we collected from the girls mentioned her specifically. As a testament to my belief in her abilities as an inspirational speaker for children, I have recently booked her to speak at the same event we are running later this year!"
-Kathryn Boast, Quantum Materials Outreach Officer, Oxford Physics