I’m Martina, a scientist, science communicator, and STEM education advocate with a master’s degree in toxicology. I’m the Founder and Director of Mademoiselle Scientist, a digital platform I created to share my journey as a Black woman in STEM. Throughout my journey, I learned from mentors, gained insight, discovered resources that have helped me along the way, and found my niche.
Before starting Mademoiselle Scientist I followed a few STEM and higher education blogs: This Week in Virology (TWIV) and The Thesis Whisperer. There were not many STEM, science communication, or education blogs out there so I decided to start my own. Starting Mademoiselle Scientist was my opportunity to create a platform where I could encourage students, and scientists, and fill a niche I did not see. Over time I realized that it is not just about my journey, but about my mission, which is to support the next generation of scientists.
Every day I’m seeing the science community grow and I am happy to be part of it. We have #BLACKandSTEM, Dr. Renetta Tull’s blog, #VanguardSTEM, STEM Advocacy Institute (SAI), #BlackInX movement, and many more people who are using their platforms to highlight science and show that scientists from diverse backgrounds are present.
To all my Mademoiselle Scientists readers:
- When did you realize you liked science?
- Were you inspired to explore the world around you?
- Why did you become a scientist?
- Did you know a scientist?
- Did you have a mentor?
- What resources did you have available to grow science curiosity?
- What are your favorite #STEM resources?