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For as long as I can remember I've always been intrigued by the way things work, but my journey into engineering was an unconventional route. Growing up i was very creative and didn't always understand the way I was taught and learnt STEM subjects in school, I was put off before I knew what there was to offer. What I know now is that having the right mindset can have a huge impact on adapting to learning environments and techniques. Throughout secondary school my life revolved around the present and the past, now I live and work in the future, ...
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What do you enjoy the most about your STEM career? I enjoy learning and helping others. Technology spans across every field and industry which allows me the opportunity to interact with a myriad of different people. I’ve had the pleasure of teaching at various institutions and universities as well as volunteering my time with numerous non-profits. Upon graduation, I’ll have the choice of going into academia or industry. The options that this career offers are limitless. What is your chosen STEM field? Computer Science Why did you choose this field? I chose this field because of my parents. I was ...
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Notable is her 7 years as a Software Configuration Manager for The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization where she also served as Secretary and member of the Joint Consultative Panel for the Staff Council. Annabella has great strengths in practical, emotional and cognitive intelligence. She is a compassionate, resilient and driven leader who is gifted in listening and mentorship. She thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the team and organisation’s reach to bring harmony and success. Annabella is currently a co-owner RohoConsult, a founder and president Diplomat256 Association, co-founder African-European Socio-Economic Partner’s Program, and serves as a Member ...
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What do you enjoy the most about your STEM career/field? I love my job! Currently, I am a Lecturer in the department of Biological Sciences at Sacramento State. I also serve as the Associate Director for the CSU-LSAMP Statewide, and I serve as the Research Coordinator for the Science Educational Equity Program. I am also the faculty advisor for the SACNAS Chapter at Sacramento State. Every day, I get to work with students (inside and outside the classroom) and that is the most rewarding aspect of my job. I am fully committed to promoting activities and opportunities for underrepresented students ...
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3.) What obstacles have you overcome in your career/college journey? I am the first one in my family to decide to go to graduate school, and to decide I wanted to study abroad. Doing something that is out of the norm, required fighting some prejudices and uncertainty and working even harder to get what I wanted. As graduate school was not something known, many were afraid I would be wasting time, and advised me to get a small stable job in my home town. The expectations around me are that women should get married, have a less important job than ...
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3. What obstacles have you overcome in your career/college journey? This may sound cliché but it’s true, the biggest obstacle in life is yourself. It can become difficult balancing life and school, but if you truly want something bad enough you’ll work to get it. 4. What do you enjoy the most about your STEM career/field? I have the ability to develop a tool that I see a need for and instantly impact hundreds to thousands of lives. That instant gratification shows that my hard work is not in vain and that I can make a difference in the lives ...
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I always had an interest in the world around me, whether it was people, the land, water, air or space. I've been fortunate to have a career that has challenged me to learn and apply my knowledge and abilities to many organizations. My path started with having two terrific parents, a fourth grade teacher who taught me a love for reading, a high school teacher who helped make math easy, and a fabulous professor in college who gave me a passion for geography. Add to that a military family background (I'm a tumbleweed) and a willingness to take any opportunity ...
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Nikita Hari is a scientist, social entrepreneur, science communicator & stem ambassador from India with a vision to uplift society through education. She is a Cambridge University Nehru Trust Scholar and Churchillian pursuing her doctoral studies in Electrical Engineering in the Power and Energy group at University of Cambridge,UK. She is also the Co-founder of two social enterprises -'Wudi Datatech'(http://datawudi.com) & ‘Favalley’ ( https://favalley.com )with the vision to turn slums into the next silicon valleys through engaging, training and matching marginalized youth to coding jobs. Nikita also tutors first year engineering undergraduates of Churchill College. My biggest aspiration and vision ...
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What obstacles have you overcome in your career journey? I was born and raised in Hawaiʻi and there is only research-focused university in my state. In order to attain my dream of becoming a college professor at the University of Hawaiʻi, I was told that I should go away for school. I was away from home for 17 years (first college, then my graduate studies, then my post-graduate studies). My children were born while I was away from Hawaiʻi and it was incredibly difficult being so far away from our family and our culture. When I finally was offered a ...
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3.) What obstacles have you had to overcome in your career/college journey? A main obstacle for me was overcoming my own fears and doubts. It can be difficult being in a field where you are considered a minority. I would go to conferences or work at an internship and feel like maybe I did not belong there because not many people looked like me or had a background like mine. I was fully capable but I would doubt myself. Then I realized that I had to be the change that I wanted to see. I had to be confident in ...
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amelia
My advice to young women is to keep an open mind, there are far more options out there than you could believe and don’t be afraid to stretch yourself – you are more able than you think. My chosen STEM field is Engineering, more specifically Information System Engineering. I always loved Maths and Sciences and enjoyed finding out what made the world the way it is. Luckily had some great teachers who allowed me to explore these STEM subjects and supported my investigations. My Physics teacher suggested engineering and I did a 3 day “introduction to engineering for girls” course ...
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Why STEM? 3.) What obstacles have you overcome in your career/college journey? As a woman of color in a male-dominated field, I have sometimes felt that I was not qualified to be in computer science and security. "Imposter syndrome" has surfaced on many occasions, but I have learned that my qualifications are evident in my work and not my skin color. 1.) What is your chosen STEM field? Computer Science 2.) Why did you choose this field? I have loved math since I was in elementary school. My mother gave me a laptop at an early age and provided educational ...
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STEM Resilience as a Lifestyle My own STEM Journey has been a series of ups and downs, highs and lows...a race of sorts - to a destination of a career full of STEM FLEXIBILITY. Those on the sidelines of my STEM race have been coaching and mentoring me along the way. They have provided waters of support, clothed me in resources and provided shoes to protect me in the rocky, rough places. As one of a few African American women full professors in Chemical Engineering in the US and the first AA women engineering professor in the NCSU College of ...
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3.) What obstacles have you had to overcome in your career? I am very grateful for all the opportunities that I've had throughout my career and my years in college. I have become more confident in my abilities and have improved my communication skills. One obstacle I had was that during my first interviews for an internship, after I was given a problem I would start thinking about it but not say anything to the interviewer, and I would later say the solution. This was an obstacle because I wasn't communicating my full thought process and how I had come ...
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A STEM Professional Turned STEM Educator 3.) What obstacles have you had to overcome in your career journey? One of the major obstacles that I’ve had is finding a mentor for my career path. I’ve overcome that obstacle by finding a multitude of mentors that provide me with counsel me with the various things that I face in my career and help me to become a better professional. The second obstacle that I’ve had to overcome as a social entrepreneur includes finding the resources and the right people to help achieve the mission of my organization and to keep going ...
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aeisha
3.) What obstacles have you overcome in your career/college journey? My first year in college I took my first programming class which was “Introduction to Computer Programming in C++”. After the first couple of weeks I swore I would never be a programmer because I wasn’t doing well in the course. Everything had to be coded in Vi editor which I had never heard of nor used. As a result, I struggled to follow along in class because I didn't’ know the commands. Most of the other students in class were also struggling. Fortunately mid-semester something clicked and I thought ...
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The professor who got bad grades Finally, as I think specifically about being a woman of colour in STEM, I think one thing that helped me greatly was the community that I gained through continuing to pursue opportunities and just staying involved despite discouragements (and those poor grades)! Throughout my undergraduate career, I was consistently involved in doing research, something that I loved. Research is a series of open-ended questions where you have to figure out the answers. It afforded me a freedom of expression that the more structured exams did not. One summer I worked at a hospital looking ...
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Frontier Breast Cancer Research from a Unique Perspective What obstacles have you had to overcome in your career/college journey? I had to find the confidence that what makes you different should not intimidate you or allow others to prevent you from following your dreams. What makes you unlike everyone else will one day be your strength; don't hide it, let it shine. What is your chosen STEM Field? My STEM field is Translational Breast Cancer Research. The Matthew Ellis laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine focuses on generating new and optimizing current treatment strategies for patients across the breast cancer ...
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From Russian Language Analyst to Data Scientist 3.) What obstacles have you had to overcome in your career/college journey? When you come from a non-traditional background, people doubt your ability to contribute to their field. All I can say is: don't let them get to you! When I was making my transition from human to programming languages, I met (many) people along the way who didn't want to give me the opportunity to prove myself, citing my lack of experience and formal education in computer science. It was tempting to revert back to the safe space of language analysis, where ...
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Career Changer with a STEM Foundation One thing I have learned is that there are no straight paths. Life has a way of taking you on a journey that you might not have expected. If you would have asked me ten years ago would I be in health policy, I would have laughed at you. I was completely set on a laboratory career. However, I have found a way to use my STEM PhD and my Public Health training in a unique way as a consultant. I think it is important to ultimately believe in yourself and your ability to ...
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Kellie M. Jaremko
I study brains and treat patients I didn't come from a wealthy family so getting to college wasn't easy and required a lot of studying to get a scholarship while working. It has also been challenging to balance research focus with medical training. When I was doing research there were times that there wasn't any grant money for my project and I had to get creative to make my projects work on a small budget. As you might imagine I work a lot of the time so its always challenging finding time for friends and family but now I just ...
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Dr. Erika Marín-Spiotta
She has been successful in combining her passions for scientific research and scholarly activism, by contributing to ways to promote women and other historically underrepresented groups in science in grass-roots efforts and by working with university and scientific society leaders to create institutional and policy changes. Marín-Spiotta is a recipient of a CAREER award, which supports strong research and teaching, from the National Science Foundation, the Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring from the American Geophysical Union, for her contributions as a mentor and role model for the next generation of biogeoscientists, and the President’s Award from the ...
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Molly Proffitt
This year the team at Ker-Chunk Games released the Facebook version of our first game "PrinceNapped," a puzzle game to rescue a handsome prince. 11 people including 4 women contributed to the development of the project. You can play the game at http://apps.facebook.com/princenapped Look out for it on mobile soon! What is your chosen STEM field? Games development. Why did you choose this field? I chose to work in video games because I loved playing games and thought that the potential for storytelling and creativity in games would lead to an enjoyable profession. It was not my first thought though! ...
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Dr. Susan Cheng
Modeling our Earth: How do forests grow? How did I get here? My family immigrated to New York City from Taiwan when I was an infant. Growing up in a bustling city, I got a lot of practice observing the people, places, and interactions around me. I also became interested in how our communities—like our families, cities, or countries—use the resources we have and how this affects our planet. In high school, I explored this topic more by joining my school’s environmental club and went on to major in environmental science in college. An important part of my college experience ...
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Camille Eddy
I chose Mechanical Engineering (ME) because of its broadness. I was and am very interested in space and becoming an astronaut. I also enjoyed designing, anything from imaginary towns and their streets and buildings to a diary with a locket for the key. And even though I only designed it, it made me think more about being an engineer. Today I have combined those interests and am working on robotics. Robots have big applications for life on Earth and in space and I designed a robotic hand and built it for an internship last summer. I finally brought one of ...
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Sharanna Richardson
STEM for life!! I graduated from Spelman College with a degree in Computer Science. I have been a Programmer/Software Developer in the travel industry for 18 years. I currently work in the IT department for Delta Air Lines as a Sr. Developer. I’m on a team that develops code to support the reservation system. Booking a flight or viewing schedules and availability will utilize code that I’ve written!! I love the challenges that come with creating new functionality, and watching an idea come to life ...
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Angelyn Liu
Having gone to Georgia Tech when the male:female ratio was less than 3:1, and seeing how females in IT have typically been a minority in the past, but encouraged by the increase of women in IT and STEM disciplines today, I am confident that minorities of any race and color can be successful in STEM. When awareness, encouragement, education, and sponsorship is available, there are no limits to what can be achieved. I am glad my father, who is a retired computer programmer / software engineer, encouraged me to take computer science classes in college, even though my major was ...
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Kendell Byrd
A Student's Adventure in Computer Science If any students or anyone in general has any questions at all about learning computer science and the tech industry, feel free to email me whenever by clicking on the word "Email" below my post. 1.) What is your chosen STEM field? My chosen STEM field is Computer Science. My favorite areas in Computer Science are Artificial Intelligence and Website Development! 2.) What made you decide to choose this field? When I was in high school, I only had school four days a week. We never had school on Wednesdays. Wednesdays were designated as ...
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Gladys Delancey-Bolding
Impacting Girls Through Authentic STEM Opportunities I am currently employed at Georgia State University- Perimeter College where I serve as a biology lab supervisor/biology instructor. My responsibilities are extensive and requires one to be detail oriented and knowledgeable about various aspects of science. I chose this profession because of its depth. I always tell people that if you have an appetite for knowledge, science is the route to pursue because it is like an abyss. There is always something new to explore. Throughout my journey in the aforementioned capacity I encounter numerous students that express their antipathy for science. My ...
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After spending 18+ years in Technology working for one of America's best loved fast food companies, I left to pursue a teaching profession. I'm passionate about children learning and growing, and especially developing a love of technology! I'm now pursing my Master's degree to inspire others to join the STEM world! I am STEM. 😉 ...
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Kesha Williams
Let's launch more women in STEM careers! Let's close the gender gap in STEM fields! Let's make STEM more diverse! How can we achieve these goals? We can achieve these goals by mentoring, volunteering, donating, speaking, and spreading our individual stories ...
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