To wrap up Women's History Month and our women-in-science guest blogging series, I've invited two stellar students from the Bredesen Center PhD program in Energy Science and Engineering to share each of their unique experiences.
First up, Melissa Allen has a Master's degree in Environmental Engineering, but started out with an undergrad degree in Music Education before making the switch to science! After working for a bit, she decided to come back to graduate school, and her current work includes global climate modeling and impacts of climate change on the electrical grid.
Then, we'll hear from Maria Fernanda Campa; originally from Mexico, she studied Nanomedicine during her undergrad, and after working at Oak Ridge National Lab for a year, she decided grad school was the next step for her too! She is currently working on developing a project that will combine the fields of bioenergy and policy for a truly interdisciplinary research experience.
After hearing from a post-doc in academia, an engineer in industry, and two graduate students, I hope this first women-in-science panel has offered a set of diverse experiences and advice. Let me know who you'd like to hear from next year!
Our next guest blogger for Women's History Month comes to us with two Bachelor of Science degrees in Bioengineering and Exercise Science. She's currently working as a Comfort Engineer in product development for Ford Motor Company in Michigan. After excelling in her undergraduate program both in the classroom and in professional organizations (American Chemical Society, Women in STEM Excelling), Amber Hall is now blazing the way for all those girls interested in making a name in industry and engineering. In her spare time, she is constantly searching for adventure and knowledge, and also keeps a blog of her own. Check it out here!
"If you're a 'minority in a STEM field', you've probably heard the aforementioned or something similar in your career. Naturally, you get defensive. While warranted, it's not necessarily the best choice...
Happy Pi Day everyone! It's also Albert Einstein's birthday today, so happy 135th Al!
Speaking of old guys in science, a friend of mine has a bone to pick with a few of them! Martine is currently a post-doc overseas and grew up there as well! I met her when she was completing some field work here in the states and I have looked up to her ever since. As a strong, independent woman in science, who rarely filters what's on her mind, I'm so thankful she agreed to share some of her experiences with us. Please feel free to leave questions for her in the comments section below!
Happy International Women's Day!
Did anyone see this article making its way around social media lately? Eileen Pollack, a professor of creative writing at the University of Michigan with a degree in Physics from Yale University (I know, art and science together!), explored some possible reasons for why there are so few women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
While Eileen points out many clear concerns and possible explanations for the stark, and extremely problematic, gender inequality in the sciences, I feel like there's one more thing to point out.
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