Elizabeth Lee Hazen

Elizabeth Lee Hazen

Elizabeth Lee Hazen is the Mississippian responsible for discovering Nystatin, an antifungal medication that revolutionized our world and has saved many lives! Her work as a scientist, team player, and pioneer has changed our world forever.

Research Scientist

Elizabeth Lee Hazen was a research scientist who studied and taught at several schools and universities around the nation. She researched medical bacteriology, biology, microbiology, and mycology. Hazen also taught physics and biology at a high school in Jackson, Mississippi!

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. What is your favorite topic to study? 
  2. What would you like to teach?

4th-6th Grade

  1. What do you like to research? 
  2. What areas of science are interesting to you?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Research (verb): studying a topic thoroughly 
  • Scientist (noun): someone who uses the scientific method to study the world

4th-6th Grade

  • Mycology (noun): the scientific study of fungi 
  • Microbiology (noun): the scientific study of organisms that can only be viewed through a microscope 
  • Organism (noun): a living creature

Teamwork

After discovering antifungal properties of certain bacteria, Elizabeth Lee Hazen needed the help of a trained chemist, so Rachel Fuller Brown joined her team. Brown and Hazen became great partners in scientific research, working as a team to help the world.

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. Who is on your team? 
  2. Who helps you?

4th-6th Grade

  • What are some different kinds of teams? 
  • How do you help others?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Team (noun): a group of people working together toward a common goal

4th-6th Grade

  • Bacteria (noun): small, simple single-celled organisms 
  • Chemist (noun): someone who studies chemistry

Discussion

K-3rd Grade

  1. Who believes in you? 
  2. What great things do you want to do?

4th-6th Grade

  1. Why are you proud to be from Mississippi?

Vocabulary

K-3rd Grade

  • Mississippian (adjective): someone or something that is from Mississippi 
  • Leader (noun): someone who others will follow

4th-6th Grade

  • Pioneer (noun): a person who is one of the first to develop or discover something new and prepare it for others 
  • Capable (adjective): able to do something