Mademoiselle Scientist is a digital platform that supports the next generation of scientists. Everyone has their own introduction to STEM, here is mine. I remember at an early age being excited about all things science. I enjoyed learning more about science every day. On the weekends I was often at my grandparents’ backyard chasing fireflies and reading the encyclopedia to learn more about the world around me. During the week I would tune into The Magic School Bus or Bill Nye the Science Guy and imagine how it would be to become a real scientist. The opportunity to make a change in the world, contribute to science and society further ignited my passion.
Unlike my peers I was always reading, exploring science and looking for ways to learn more about science which classified me as a nerd. Luckily my aunt who is an electrical engineer was there as my first role model; hearing her talk about her experience in STEM made me realize I could do the same. It was hard seeing fewer girls in my class who were not interested in science. I accepted it and as time passed I wondered why was this the case?
Fast forward years later, I realized that if I want to see this change I should do something. I read the American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s , Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics? Report and it opened my eyes to issues of why the number of women in STEM so low.
- What can I do to change this?
- What resources are out there?
Two of my earlier resources outside of the AAUW Report were The Thesis Whisperer and This Week in Virology, a research education and a virology blog, respectively. Theses blogs helped me discover my unique niche. A few days my I sister and I brainstormed some names and Mademoiselle Scientists was born.
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