Dr. Evan Tyler
Dr. Evan Tyler is a recipient of the Make Space for Inclusion in STEM Award!
Dr. Evan Tyler is currently an Assistant Professor of Physics at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota. Passionate about educating the next generation of scientists, Evan shares his time between teaching physics to undergraduate students and pursuing his research in Space Physics.
Evan was selected for the Make space award for his outstanding contribution in making STEM more inclusive, in particular through his work with Queer Science, an organization providing mentorship to LGBTQ+ youth in STEM. Knowing the difficulties and the feeling of non-belonging due to the lack of representation of trans and queer people in Science, Evan helped to found Queer Science during his PhD at the University of Minnesota. There, he participated in numerous events where LGBTQ+ youth spend a day of science excursions and workshops alongside queer scientists. In his own words, “This [Queer Science] was exactly what I wished I had access to when I was struggling to accept my own identity: visible trans and queer scientists in my field, proving with our very existence that we belong here.” Through his work in Queer Science, Evan engaged LGBTQ+ students and inspired them to pursue a career in science while accepting their own identity.
Evan also contributed to bringing Queer Science outside of the University by promoting the organization at a major geophysics conference and organizing social events for LGBTQ+ physicists at a space physics workshop, creating a space for them to meet up and connect informally. His work to bring queer and trans representation in astrophysics is particularly relevant in this predominantly cisgender, white, male-dominated field, and contributed to open discussions about inclusion and diversity in the field.
Today, Evan pursues his work to make STEM more inclusive and aims to bring visibility to all under-represented groups in his teaching. He also hopes to open a Queer Science chapter in Duluth pretty soon!