Collin Brehmer


I’m gay and I’m an environmental health scientist. //

I’m a senior environmental science undergraduate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison interested in the health impacts of exposure to environmental pollutants. I currently am working on two projects that aim to identify the sources and chemical components of fine particulate matter air pollution (PM2.5) that are driving disease. Throughout my undergraduate science career, I’ve been lucky enough to face little to no discrimination based on my sexual orientation. Recent political shifts have helped me realize this is not the case for many of my peer LGBTQAI+ scientists. Now I wear my sexuality as a badge of honor to show others that you can exist comfortably in a STEM environment. I plan to carry the idea of inclusivity through my graduate studies and hope to foster a STEM environment where people are comfortable existing as their authentic selves.