Mademoiselle Scientist September Birthday Spotlight: Irène Joliot-Curie


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September is my favorite month and this month I have many things to celebrate. In my last post I talked about how September 2nd marked my 1st Blogiversary for Mademoiselle Scientist. Next week I am starting a new series, Spotlight on Science. Since Irène Joliot-Curie and I share the same birthday (September 12) it makes sense to pick her as my Mademoiselle Scientist September Birthday Spotlight. If you want to check out my other Mademoiselle Scientist Spotlights check out my blog posts about: Dr. Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb and Dr. Mae Jemison. These are all amazing Mademoiselle Scientists.


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Irène Joliot-Curie was born on September 12, 1897 in Paris, France. She was the daughter of Marie and Pierre, two physicists that shared half of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 with Antoine Henri Becquerel. Following her parents footsteps she also excelled at science and mathematics. She even worked with her mother, Marie Curie at the Radium Institute in Paris. Like her mother she was committed to science, excellence, research and discovery.

Irène continued to excel and studied at the Radium Institute in Paris where her doctoral thesis focused on alpha rays of polonium. In 1925 after years of research she received her Doctorate of Science. While she was working at the Radium Institute she met a physicist named, Frédéric Joliot and a year later they were married. A few years later she was appointed as lecturer in 1932, and in 1935 their research paid off. They won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their recognition of their synthesis of new radioactive elements. After winning the Nobel Prize in 1937 Irène became professor and later Director of the Radium Institute in 1946. To learn more about their Nobel Prize Award and others check out

Their discovery led to further studies and tools to help with cancer treatment. After many years working with very hazardous materials Irène was diagnosed with leukemia due to exposure of polonium. Later her health began to decline and she died on March 17, 1956 of leukemia at the age of 58 after a lifetime of exposure to radiation.

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Mademoiselle Scientist Turns 1 Year Old: My 1st Blogiversary


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Today Mademoiselle Scientist turns 1 Year Old. It’s my blogiversary! I cannot believe that a year ago today I published my first blog post. I started Mademoiselle Scientist as a way to share my journey as a woman in science. When I started blogging I did not know that I would stick with it. Now, that I have blogged for a year I have learned many things and am ready to take this year by storm! I have many things coming up this month so stay tuned.

This month I am introducing a series called Spotlight on Science. It will highlight different science resources and information that is helpful to other scientists. If you want to check out my other series check out my Mademoiselle Scientist Birthdays or Recent Graduate Series. Be on the lookout for my: networking, graduate school and professional conferences series. If you have any suggestions let me know. This year I am going to share more of my experiences with you and reveal more about myself soon.

Thank you for subscribing to Mademoiselle Scientist. I appreciate you and every comment I receive. I enjoy being a member of the science blogging community. I followed PhD Comics for years and it made me lol while I was in my Masters Program. A few years later I discovered Thesis Whisperer and I emailed her about starting a science blog and she gave me great feedback. She was so helpful and I look forward to her blog posts. This blog is a chance for me to share the things that I have learned through my journey as woman in science. Thank you for coming along with me!

What type of posts are you looking forward to see?

Thank you for your continued support!

Mademoiselle Scientist

Career Corner: Career Exit Strategy Reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor


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On Thursday, August 21 I participated in a Twitter Chat #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor. When I found out that Science Mentor would be hosting the chat I knew it would be informative because she has many resources on her blog. Check out her post about Self-Mentoring and using the myIDPtool.

Thursday’s #ECRChat topic was about How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy. A Career exit strategy is a short-term plan (1-2 years) to maintain professional life during a career transition. If you want to find out more information check out Science Mentor’s career exit strategy post. Last year I shared my experience using the myIDP tool. Using this tool helped me get a better idea of what I need to do to get in the career I want.

If you are new to my blog I am a toxicologist and I want to become a vaccinologist, specifically developing malaria and dengue vaccines. I have thought about this career for a long time. Now, that you know a bit more about me let’s get started with my reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor:

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Empowering Women in STEM


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If you go back early this year during black history month I shared a post about my reflections as an African-American Woman in STEM #AAWiSTEM. I know that there many women in STEM that read my blog and can relate to some of the things I spoke about in this post.

The other day I was talking to one of my colleagues about why I decided to become a scientist and I talked about empowering women. I like to support organizations that promote women empowerment, especially women in STEM. When I started my blog I shared my 5 Tips for Women in Science and a month ago I wrote a science reflection post about the #LikeAGirl Campaign by Always. These posts make me think about this question further?:

How can we empower women in STEM? What do you think? Let’s start a discussion in the comment section.

Here is how we can get started:

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Recharging After Your Vacation

I’m back after a much needed break!

A month ago I wrote a post about How to make the most of your summer vacation. Since I took a small break from blogging this is the perfect time for me to share some of my tips for recharging after vacation.

Recharging after your vacation is just as important as taking your vacation. July is the perfect time to take a break because many people take vacations around this time. Now that August is here and my break is over I want to share some of the tips that helped me recharge myself after my time off. After my official break I used a few more days to recharge myself.

Now, that I’m recharged I’m ready to resume blogging again.

Here are My Tips to Recharge After Vacation:

1. Read an Inspirational Book(s):

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. During my break I had a chance to relax with my family. Towards the end of my break I picked up some inspirational books. Whenever I read inspiration books I feel like I’m ready to conquer the world. Inspirational books will give you the push you need to get back to work or school after your vacation. If you want to see what I’m reading check out my summer reading list.

2. Take a Nice Walk, Run or Jog:

Along with reading I enjoy walking. Whenever I feel stressed or need some fresh air I take a walk. After your vacation take a moment to walk to help you unwind before resuming your regular schedule.

3. Listen to Some Good Music:

I enjoy listening to music and this summer I have been listening to all types of music. Before you go to sleep listen to music that makes you feel happy and relaxed. When you wake up you will feel happier and ready to start your day. Sometimes a little good music is all you need to put your mind at ease.

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Like A Girl by Always Woman in Science Reflection


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The other day I was watching a YouTube video and I came across this video by Always called #LikeAGirl. If you haven’t seen it click here. I usually skip the random advertisements on YouTube after 5 seconds, but this particular video caught my attention.

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How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation


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Now that July is here you know what that means: Vacations! Many people take vacations in July because it is right in the middle of the summer and it is a great time to relax with family and friends. If you are anything like me I am a bit of a workaholic. Life is about balance and this is something I have been working on. Even if your vacation is short take time to unwind and have fun. Here are my tips to make the most of your summer vacation:

How to Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation:

1. Prepare and Create Lists:
This tip may seem like common sense, but I will address it anyway. Sometimes we get so excited about our vacation that we forget to prepare. We might forget to send reminders to our labmates, boss, coworkers or other people that we need to notify. Check out PhD comics (When to tell your advisor you’re going on vacation). A good way to remember what you need to do is to create lists. That way you will be able to enjoy all of your vacation and have things in order when you get back.

2. Switch Your Mind to Vacation Mode:
Leave all of your worries, frustrations and stresses out of your mind for the time that you are on vacation. Check out this PhD Comics post (Vacation vs Stressed). Have you ever been on a vacation with someone and all they talked about was how they are so stressed and dreading going back to work? Don’t let this person be you. Use your vacation as a time to temporarily forget life’s stresses. This is how to take a true vacation inside and out.

3. Leave Your Work at Home:
This is important, especially for my workaholics out there. The purpose of a vacation is to have time to relax, have fun and explore your vacation’s surroundings. If you are working you cannot enjoy your vacation to the maximum potential. Use your vacation time to completely escape from your work for a while. It will not hurt you. Your mind, body and spirit will thank you for it. When you come back from your vacation you will be ready to get back to work! Continue reading

My Summer Reading List


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It’s that time again. Time for me to share my summer reading list with you. Now, that summer is here I want to read books that are inspiring and make me want to change the world.  Don’t we all want to change the world and make an impact? What kind of books do you like to read in the summer?

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Overcoming Post-Graduation Blues


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After I shared my gift ideas for science graduates I was inspired to write more posts dedicated to recent graduates. Now that I have finished this mini series I am excited to create more blog series. Let me know what you would like to see. If you have any blog posts suggestions you can fill out my contact form on my About Me page. This is my last post dedicated to recent graduates.

We all know graduation is a time for joy, but sometimes recent graduates may hear things they don’t like. Some recent graduates may feel sad and develop post-graduation blues.

Many, if not all graduates have experienced some type of post-graduation blues. Even though graduation is a joyous occasion some graduates feel sad or lost once they realized they are finished school. Graduation is one of the first steps to jump-start your career and sometimes it is hard to express these feelings. To all of my recent graduates out there: Remember you are not alone.

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5 Things NEVER to Say to a Recent Graduate


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In my last post I shared tips for recent science graduates now I want to go a step further and share 5 things NEVER to say to a recent graduate. Most of us can remember all of the questions people asked us when we graduated. After awhile these questions can get irritating or annoying. Do you remember the questions people asked you? All I can say is that we have to work on what we say to recent graduates.

My Top 5 Things NEVER to Say to a Recent Graduate:

1. When are you going to get a job?: I think this is the #1 question that recent graduates hate, especially if they have been looking for a job for a long time. We all know that it is hard to find a job nowadays and finding a job takes time. When they get a job they will let you know.

How can you Help: Instead offer to help look over their CV/resume or cover letters.  Continue reading


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