One of the most common questions I get when I meet someone is: “What is toxicology?” This question is usually followed by, “What do you want to do with that?” Toxicology is a field that is multi-disciplinary and will give me the opportunity to work in a problem solving environment. My dream career is to work in a vaccine development research laboratory. After answering the questions, the last follow-up question is: “How did you get interested in toxicology?” Like most college students, I changed my major. Toxicology actually found me.
After answering all the toxicology questions, I soon realize that I was the only toxicologist in the bunch. I’m not sure if this happens to any other toxicologists out there, but I am always the only toxicologist in the bunch. If I happen to meet other toxicologists, there are very few women in the group. As a young woman in science it is important for me to share my story with you because I want to help others that may have a similar story. What is your story? What field are you in?
There are women in science careers, but I believe that a change is necessary. How can we increase the number of women in science?