Mademoiselle Scientist: Meet Martina

Martina Efeyini Toxicologist Science Communicator STEM Advocate

My name is Martina and I am the Founder and Director of Mademoiselle Scientist, a digital platform that started as sharing my journey as a Black woman in STEM to expanding to supporting the next generation of scientists.  I am a toxicologist, science communicator and STEM Diversity Education Advocate. I am committed to promoting diversity in STEM, mentoring and supporting STEM students. I am driven as a STEM advocate to increase diversity in science and uplift the science community.

Before starting Mademoiselle Scientist I followed a few STEM and higher education blogs: This Week in Virology (TWIV) and The Thesis Whisperer. After doing some research and talking to The Thesis Whisperer I decided to start this blog. Throughout my journey, I had many mentors, gained insight and discovered resources that have helped me along the way. Starting Mademoiselle Scientist was my opportunity to create a platform where I could encourage scientists, students and share my journey. Years ago when I started Mademoiselle Scientist there were not many platforms and initiatives that were sharing information to help the next generations of scientists. Now there are more blogs/platforms such as Stories in Science #VanguardSTEM, #BLACKandSTEM,  Dr. Renetta Tull’s blog  and the #BlackInX movement that showcase science stories, higher education, outreach and STEM diversity.

To all my Mademoiselle Scientists readers, “Do you remember when you fell in love with science? Why did you become a scientist?”

  • The urge to innovate?
  • Did you know a scientist?
  • Did you have a mentor?
  • What resources did you have available to grow your love of STEM?
  • In the comments leave your favorite #STEM resource

Come follow me on my journey and share!

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