Category: Female

From Bug Barns to Morse Code

When I was seven or eight years old, my parents asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  I thought real hard and then confidently stated, “I want either a diamond or a bug barn.”  I collected bugs in that...

/ January 4, 2018

Warm Waters and White Sand Beaches: My Journey Studying Human Impacts on the Ocean

I am a climate scientist, with one foot in the modern ocean trying to understand impacts on California species and ecosystems, and one foot in the past, probing the paleoclimate world for lessons we can learn.

/ December 23, 2017

Everything Starts with a Dream

In this camp, there were students from different ages and nationalities. We were trained for an international competition, called Rover Challenge, organized by NASA, for which we had to build a Rover and drive it on a road with obstacles...

/ December 16, 2017

Fear is Nothing But an Illusion

Everything happened like I was offsetting a chain reaction of events. It made me realize that fear is nothing but an illusion.

/ December 14, 2017

My Journey Coming Out of the Deep Dark Ditch of “publish or perish”

This is my story – the story of going through a tremulous phase of my life during which I lost faith in science and myself, but eventually regained it.

/ December 7, 2017

My Science Love Story

Picture it. 1996. I was working as an admin at a research center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. In addition to being the coffee-maker extraordinaire, I autoclaved agar, washed Erlenmeyer flasks, and I ordered lab supplies.

/ November 28, 2017

When your greatest weakness becomes your greatest strength

I have a language disability and a fine motor skill deficit. As a child, I would try not to speak up in class or speak too loudly because I was afraid I would misspeak. I knew what I wanted to...

/ November 26, 2017

Me Versus Me

It was around 8th grade that my own personal video game boss blocked my progression. I was struggling in an earth science class and failing to reach the high standards I had set for myself. It wasn’t long before I...

/ November 16, 2017

Hispaniola Born Earthbound Explorer

I thought my biggest role in life was to become a wife and mother. As such, I ended up in a very toxic marriage right out of high school. I left the marriage and I ultimately became homeless. I actually...

/ November 9, 2017

Finding My Path in STEM

Ever noticed yourself living your dreams, or so you thought, only to realize it was a farce all along?  That is the summary of my life. Well, until three months ago.

/ November 6, 2017

Activating My Tech Genes

Growing up without an interest in science, it was a bit strange that I always ended up doing science- related things. I was the average student that managed to make an impression on the people I came across. I got...

/ November 3, 2017

Breaking Through My Glass Ceiling…Twice

I was not born a scientist nor was I born with the knowledge that I would one day be a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Laureate in France. However, I attained these achievements through maintaining curiosity, making difficult choices, sustaining...

/ October 22, 2017

Discovering the Scientist Within Me

– Stefanie Morgan –  – Doctoral Student in Cancer Biology at Stanford University – The first time I met a scientist was in college. Prior to then, science seemed just an abstract concept that was reserved for the unusually intelligent....

/ September 25, 2017

My Unconventional yet Common Science Career Path

Lakshmi Ramachandran, PhD  – Scientific Writer – National University of Singapore –  Three years ago, I got involved in the activities of a voluntary ‘Women In Science’ (WIS) group where I work within the Mechanobiology Institute (MBI), National University of...

/ September 23, 2017

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

– Edritz Javelosa –  The luscious vegetation, crawling critters, warm beaches, and the tropical climate of the Philippines – an archipelago with more than 7,000 islands, tons of natural resources, and a wide range of biodiversity – was the setting...

/ September 15, 2017

Overcoming Stereotypes in Education

– Laurie Wallmark –  Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved math and science. After all, playing with numbers was fun! I think I read every math book our public library had to offer. And science? What’s not to...

/ September 12, 2017

Science Inspiration and Breaking the Mold – Mixing Fashion and Science

– Andrea Hadjikyriacou, Ph.D.- Ever since I was a young child, I knew I wanted to pursue science. In third grade, I vividly remember being excited for the new science text books/workbooks we would receive throughout the year. My favorite...

/ September 9, 2017

The untapped genius that could change science for the better

– Jedidah Isler, Ph.D.- The transcript below the video is from a talk that Dr. Isler presented in August 2015 at an official TED conference. You can find the talk HERE. It  is included here with permission from Dr. Isler.  Great things...

/ September 1, 2017

The Anxiety Fights Back

– Erica Hawkins –  – The story below originally appeared on Erica’s Phd Freaking Out Blog on August 9, 2017 – Anxiety ebbs and flows. One week you can feel super chilled, and the next feel on the edge all...

/ August 27, 2017

Babies and Biochemistry: My Path to Finding Balance

– Cara Florance – I’m the daughter of a physicist and chemist. My parents exposed me to many types of science from an early age and I loved it. I always wanted a career in science and I successfully sought...

/ August 23, 2017

Crystals are a Girl’s Best Friend

– Julia Bates – “Oh look at my pretty crystals!” I squealed in delight. “Remember, the pretty ones aren’t always the best,” the postdoc sitting next to me commented. I rolled my eyes, even though I know he was right....

/ August 22, 2017

Forever a scientist: How I found my career niche

– Julia Bates –  “No Julia, you are still a scientist. You will always be a scientist”. Those were the words spoken by my mentor Professor Jenny Martin, as we sat drinking coffee in a sunny café in my hometown...

/ August 21, 2017

How Can We Help? Creating the Superwomen in Science Podcast

 – Cordon Purcell & Nicole George – In the fall of 2016, we were both in our first year of grad school and living together in Montreal (Cordon was sleeping on a crappy air mattress in Nicole’s living room). As...

/ August 8, 2017

Better Get Used to Me

– Taylor Richardson | High School Student | The Bolles School –  Speech below was delivered at the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C.  My name is Taylor Richardson, I live in Jacksonville, Florida where I attend The Bolles...

/ July 23, 2017

Discovering My Passion for Teaching

– Jennifer Gatti | Buckingham Browne & Nichols School – Throughout my life, the message has always been clear: find your passion and love what you do because if you don’t, you might dread getting out of bed every day....

/ July 20, 2017

Playing in the Dirt and Calling it Science

 – By Stephanie Halmhofer | Bioarchaeologist –  For some, the line from point A to point B is fairly straight.  For others, it’s a zig-zag.  I am definitely a zig-zagger.  I didn’t find an easy, straightforward path into becoming a...

/ July 19, 2017

How To Be a Superstar With No Instructions

– Marguerite Matthews –  At 4 years old, I was sure I’d be a superstar! My father has endless video recordings of me prancing around, belting out my favorite songs or performing mundane tasks with Shakespearean theatrics. I was ready at a moment’s notice to give the...

/ July 7, 2017

Scientist, Educator, or Both?

 – Khameeka Kitt-Hopper, Ph.D. –  Since I was a child I have always been interested in the human body and how we are in essence “put together”.  Observing how animals were anatomically organized from watching my father prepare birds and...

/ July 6, 2017