Tolu Babalola

STEM Teacher/Mentor

Tolu is a first generation Nigerian American, born in Chicago Illinois and raised in Atlanta Georgia. She graduated from Kennesaw State University with a degree in biology and received a portion of her degree at The School for International Training in Arusha, Tanzania. She is an experienced research scientist who has participated in bird ecology research in Tanzania as well as monarch butterfly research at Emory University. Tolu is passionate about nature and is always excited to encourage and foster enthusiastic curiosity for the world we live in.

Tolu was interested in the study of living things from a young age but later in life was met with the glaring under representation of women and minority groups in STEM. As a black woman, she wants to change the way students see scientists represented and encourage students of all backgrounds to see scientists in themselves. She believes that curiosity is the only prerequisite to being a great scientist.

Outside of work Tolu enjoys camping, hiking, buying new clothes, cooking new foods, and traveling to new places.