In his last year of medical school in Colombia, Gabriel Duran Rehbein finds out his father has been kidnapped, and after seeing her dad lose control of his mind, art student Minerva Contreras decides to study the brain, in hopes of understanding him.
Barbara Abernathy has always felt at home in the ocean, but when she undergoes a bone marrow transplant, her doctor tells her she can't go into the water for a year, and with only two days to find and extract a sample from one of the oldest coral colonies in the world, Konrad Hughen finds himself at the bottom of the ocean with a broken drill bit.
When the local science museum looks to hire performers, David Nett believes he's the perfect man for the job, and after finding out her uterus never developed, scientist Chivonne Battle searches for an alternative way to become a mother.
Comedian Zack Stovall reevaluates his past battles with his mother in light of a new diagnosis, and Audrey Kearns' big opportunity to appear as a panelist at a "nerd-convention" turns disastrous when she has an unexpected reaction to a new antidepressant.
After passing out on the NYC subway, comedian Mike Brown is forced to take a deeper look at his mental health, and Emily Yarrison survives her suicide attempt and has to ask herself a whole new set of questions.
Heather Williams trades in her physicist labcoat for motherhood, and wonders if she can return, and Mary Garcia-Cazarin discovers she's pregnant just as she is offered a prestigious science policy fellowship, and worries about whether she can't cope with both.
A parent-teacher conference leads Eugenia Duodu to question whether she can be a scientist, and At 13 years old Misha Gajewski has to undergo a jaw surgery to fix a face she is just getting used to.
In a battle over her apartment's air quality, cat foster mom Tracy Rowland discovers how to use her kitten's parasite as a weapon, and Gianmarco Soresi learns more about cats than he ever wanted to when his girlfriend adopts five.
As a sixth grader, Anna Neu decides she's going to fall in love at science camp, and at age nine, Anicca Harriot plans to study both the heart and space, but as she gets older, that plan becomes more challenging than she expected.
When conservation scientist Laura Kehoe writes about a surprising chimp behavior, the media takes it wildly out of context and the situation spirals out of control, and when The Colbert Report calls about her research, marine biologist Skylar Bayer finds an unexpected collaborator and friend in the fisherman helping her get scallops.
Overwhelmed by setbacks as she pursues her academic ambitions, Tricia Hersey discovers an unexpected solution to her stress, and evolutionary biologist Sarah Hird's first pregnancy becomes a crisis in her scientific faith when doctors warn her that there may be something severely wrong with her baby.
After moving to a brand-new school in the seventh grade, Edith Gonzalez struggles to maintain her straight-A status with a new, scary biology teacher, and when social scientist Meltem Alemdar leaves her home in Turkey to pursue her education in the US, she struggles to find her identity.
As an irresponsible 17-year-old, Brian D. Bradley volunteers to spend two days living at the bottom of the ocean for a research study, and undergrad, Beryl Kahn takes a semester at sea after a bad breakup and gets rocked by the swells of the sea -- and her emotions.
A power outage on campus leads physics student Zoya Vallari to take a stand against her university's female-only curfew, and firefighter Nick Baskerville is eager to prove himself when he arrives on the scene of his first fire.
In the middle of a school day, science teacher Brittany Beck passes out in her classroom, leading her to reflect on what got her here, and inspired by her grandfather, Kitty Yang becomes a math teacher, but soon realizes she misses being a student.
As a brand-new professor of physiology, John Redden is eager to help students, but soon realizes it’s more complicated than he thought, and biologist Sarah Fankhauser’s relationship with her adviser changes when she joins her lab as a grad student.
Just before she leaves for her dream opportunity to teach marine science on the Red Sea, Latasha Wright gets a call that puts her plans in jeopardy, and growing up, Sheena Cruickshank's teenage older brother inspires her love of science, but then one summer he returns from university with a lump on his arm.
A question that Laura Spink asked her parents as a kid comes up again when her own child begins to ask similar questions, and after Denise Coberley brings up her doubt in the Bible to her adoptive religious parents, she finds herself on a journey of self-discovery.
Parmvir Bahia struggles to appease her parents’ desires for an Indian son-in-law while also satisfying her own desires to be a scientist, and Monica Dunford finds physics cold and boring until she gets a summer job in a lab that changes everything.
Ralph Bouquet goes off script during a psychology research study with uncomfortable and revealing consequences, and Ali Mustafa finds that the scars of war stay with him even at his new job in the lab.
The lessons that Margaret Rubega learns from her dad about fighting back are put to the test when he becomes the one she must stand up to, and in following her dream of studying chemistry, Charlotte Istance-Tamblin sees how to break the toxic patterns in her relationships.
Computer scientist LaShana Lewis’s childhood dream of attending Space Camp starts to feel far away — until she gets the Christmas surprise of a lifetime, and when Guizella Rocabado leaves her home in Bolivia to pursue her education in the United States, her plan hits an unexpected snag.
Due to stress in her personal life, TV writer Joey Slamon develops a cyst in an unfortunate place, and on the day of biochemistry PhD student Kellie Vinal’s qualifying exam, nothing goes according to plan.
Miserable at her corporate job, Michelle McCrackin begins to dream of a career in wildlife biology, and volcanologist Ben Kennedy’s attempts to be taken seriously as a scientist are undermined by his youthful appearance.
On the eve of his first big talk, ecologist Kevin Burgio discovers there’s something seriously wrong with his wardrobe, and research assistant Devine Joyce struggles with feelings of depression, but an experience with a patient changes her outlook.
Mathematician Seth Cottrell sets up an ‘Ask a Mathematician’ booth at Burning Man, and herpetologist Joseph Mendelson struggles to connect with the locals while working in the field in Guatemala.
Jacqueline Trumbull is preparing for a career in research when she gets a call from a casting agent for The Bachelor, and psychologist Monica O’Neal finds herself struggling when it comes to saying goodbye.
Phillip Comella discovers the cause of his “excessive bathroom breaks” while working on his thesis in biomedical science, and neuroscientist Kelley Remole begins suffering from mysterious and paralyzing headaches.
When puppeteer Raymond Carr gets the opportunity to work on a show about dinosaurs, he worries about how his creationist parents will react, and a trip to the Kennedy Space Center reminds science journalist Wade Roush of his early inspiration.
As a kid, Dan Souza finds it hard to appreciate his mother’s nursing expertise until he sees it in action, and when Michaella Thornton shares her struggles with infertility with her farmer father, his response stuns her.