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Amy DeJong in "Amazing Race 25" with Maya Warren (right)
Amy DeJong Amazing Race 25 with Maya Warren (right)
Amy DeJong from "The Amazing Race 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 25 of the CBS reality competition series. She is a Ph.D. student in Food Science at The University of Wisconsin. She is teamed up with her friend and lab mate, Maya Warren.

Here is an interview with Amy DeJong:

Describe what you do: I am a Ph.D. student in food science studying polyol (sugar-free sweetener) crystallization in confectionery products.

3 words to describe you: Logical, sarcastic and curious.

Favorite hobbies: Exploring new restaurants, food science, running and volleyball.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? I had an "experiment gone wrong" incident during one of my internships that surprisingly turned into something really interesting that the company wanted to pursue further. It was one of those moments that made me realize why I love science.

What famous person reminds you of yourself? Leonard from "The Big Bang Theory" (obviously a female version and into food science, not physics).

What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Kerry Washington.

What scares you most about traveling? Getting lost. I don't always have the best sense of direction (don't tell Maya!).

What excites you most about traveling? Seeing the rest of the world. I really have not done much international travel and cannot wait to see what else is out there and try all of the delicious foods!

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: We will have to rely on each other in ways that we haven't before. Our most important responsibilities (research) are independent from each other; this will not be the case on the Race!

Pet peeve about your teammate: She can be SO picky. She yells at me when I drink coffee or open the refrigerator in our office. She says that the smells bother her which is ridiculous. It's like living with a crazy person.

What country and place would you most like to visit and why? The Galapagos Islands. There are so many unique landforms, animals and plants. Plus, it is a tropical place with gorgeous beaches and a rich scientific history.

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I want to prove to myself and the world that scientists are more than beakers and lab coats. I also hope to grow our relationship outside of lab, most of what we do centers around food science and our research.


Where does Amy DeJong live? Find out here.

Age: ∼26 years old
Current Residence: Madison, WI

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