Argonne National Laboratory

A rock guitarist, a budding biologist, and a college football player walk into a national lab...

The true-life stories of Argonne scientists are as varied and inspiring as the research they perform at the lab. Come hear firsthand the unexpected career journeys of three scientists whose unique paths all led to Argonne’s gates. Who knows, perhaps their stories will inspire your budding scientist!

Our speakers:
Jason Croy, Materials Scientist, Chemical Sciences and Engineering
This rocker-turned-researcher changed his tune from heavy metal to metal chemistry as he turned a passion for physics into a career in battery research.

Jarrad Hampton-Marcell, Research Laboratory Coordinator, Biosciences
Once a star college football player in Chicago, Jarrad now tackles novel uses of microbes in industrial processes.

Jennifer Fowler, Cyber Security Analyst, Global Security Sciences
After studying the genetic makeup of corn, Jennifer discovered that her true passion was in working to ensure the security and safety of cyberspace.

The event is free, but advanced registration is required for all guests 16 and older.

Non-U.S. citizens: As additional time is required to process non-U.S. visitor access to Argonne’s campus, please register no later than two weeks prior to the event.

If you have questions about the Argonne OutLoud series, please contact us at 630-252-5501 or


Thursday, August 31

  • 6-7 p.m. - Reception and displays
  • 7-8 p.m. - Presentation and audience Q&A


Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Avenue
Argonne, IL 60439