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My Spring/Summer III Reading List:

Since summer is officially here and I haven’t shared my spring reading list I decided to combine my spring/summer list. I will update this list if I find a good book to share with you. If you have any books you want to recommend share them in the comments section.

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Superwoman: Achieving Work-Life Balance

First I want to say I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Easter and Happy Women’s History Month! I can’t believe this is my first blog post of 2016 because I took a blogging hiatus. It feels good to get back into the swing of blogging. For as long as I can remember I have been a bit of a workaholic. Last year was a busy year for me. I had work, blogging, projects, coursework, a personal life and many things going on. I had to take a step back and realize I need to reevaluate some things in my life to achieve a better work-life balance.

Even though I’m a young and healthy woman I have to remember I cannot do it all. I’m all for being a superwoman, but this superwoman needs a break. I’ve been reading a few blog posts here and there; talking to other women about this issue and realized that a superwoman needs to know her limits. In addition, a superwoman has to start saying “no”. When you say “no” that does not mean that you are being “rude”. A superwoman asserts herself and is confident. If you want to learn more about how you can be the best superwoman you can be in the workplace check out the book, Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office by Lois P. Frankel.

Besides this Lois P. Frankel’s book I recommend reading Dr. Amy Freeman’s book about work-life balance, Stress Less: 10 Balancing Insights on Work and Life. I did a Mademoiselle Spotlight on her last year and talked about how she is an inspiration to me as an African-American Woman in Science. She is a wonderful mentor and in her book I learned so many things about how I can achieve work-life balance. Continue reading “Superwoman: Achieving Work-Life Balance”

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10 Gift Ideas for Scientists II:

It’s that time of year when you need to figure out what to get the scientist in your life. What do you give the scientist or engineer that seems to have it all? Will she like it? Will it be cool enough? I’ve got you covered. Here are some great gift ideas that will make any scientist smile.

10 Gift Ideas for Scientists II:

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1. Books: Stress Less: 10 Balancing Insights on Work and Life by Amy Freeman, PhD and The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome & How to Thrive in Spite of it by Valerie Young. I read these books recently and I would highly recommend them to any women who wants to be successful in her career or life in general. Books are always a great gift and I always look forward to adding a good book to my collection.

2. Erin Condren Life Planner: If the scientist in your life has a busy schedule you should give her a planner. I’ve been hearing a lot about the Erin Condren Planner and I can see why. It is very pretty and has a lot of space which is perfect for the scientist in your life that likes to stay organized. Plus you can customize the planner.

3. Elemental, My Dear Spice Rack Set from ModCloth: This is such a fun, but quirky science-themed gift for the scientist in your life that loves to cook. Plus it will add a bit of science charm to their kitchen.

4. S’well Bottle: No matter what a drinking bottle that will keep your drinks cold or hot will never go out of style. I like the S’well rose gold bottle from the metallic collection. This bottle will keep your morning cup of tea hot for hours. I’m sure your PI would like this gift. If you want you can pair this gift with a set of gourmet tea or coffee.

5. Pi Tie Bar: If you know a guy that is crazy about numbers give him this stylish Pi Tie bar to enhance his style. I know a few math geeks and engineers that would appreciate this gift. Plus it’s a nice statement piece that I know he would like because it’s very unique. If you want to go the extra mile pair this gift with a stylish tie. Continue reading “10 Gift Ideas for Scientists II:”

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My 2nd Blogiversary: My STEM Journey – To be Continued…

Since today is my 2nd Blogiversary I decided it was a perfect time to reflect on my journey as a woman in STEM and two years as a science blogger.

When I think about my journey as a woman in STEM I like to think about where I started. I always knew I wanted to become a scientist. I always knew I wanted to become a researcher. But the one thing I questioned was; how would I get there? I know we all have been there at one point of our STEM career.

There are many girls and young women that have this same question but some will never become scientists. Why? Because we didn’t give them the resources they needed to pursue their STEM degree and mentor them. If we don’t mentor them who will?

Mentoring is important at all levels. Mentors are real people who went through the ups and downs of a STEM career and made it. It’s not impossible without mentors but mentors can make a huge difference. There is a lot I can say about mentors and I will talk about that in a future post and I’m looking forward to sharing my mentoring series with you soon.

My mentors from an early age and the drive I had inside pushed me to become a scientist, researcher, and science writer/blogger. Through all the ups and downs I still wanted to pursue a STEM career. Why? Because I cannot imagine myself in another career. Science is something that comes natural to me and I like the challenge that comes along with it.

Further into my STEM journey I discovered my passion for science goes beyond research and writing. My passion extends to being an advocate for women in STEM and sharing resources to help others in their STEM career. As a Science blogger I have a platform that will grow and I’m excited to see what’s next for Mademoiselle Scientist! What do you want to see?

Moving forward I want to continue to share resources that will help fellow Mademoiselle Scientists. I want to learn more so that I can become a vaccine researcher. I will share my journey and help you with your journey.

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Spring Cleaning: 5 Quick Tips to Declutter Your Inbox

Spring is around the corner! You know what that means — spring cleaning. I know most of you can relate to getting tons of emails everyday. At times it can be overwhelming. In the spirit of spring I want to sharing my top 5 quick tips to declutter your inbox. If you are looking for more spring inspiration check out my blog post, Ways to Refresh Yourself for the New Season of Spring.

Let’s get started!

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What Does a Scientist Look Like?/Too Pretty to be a Scientist

A few months ago Science Mentor told me about a new science blogger, La Cientifica. So I went on over to her blog and came across her post, Please Refrain. In this post she shares some of the crazy comments she gets as a woman in science. Here are some of the comments that stood out to me the most:

  • Come on angels.
  • Women live longer then men because they don’t work as hard.
  • The only intelligent woman I know is my wife.
  • You don’t dress like a scientist.
  • Do you plan on having a baby anytime soon?

I can say that I have heard these before. Have you? These comments are inappropriate and disrespectful! I remember reading a few posts about this topic and the Women in Astronomy (Is Science in the Eye of the Beholder?) blog post.

When did society make it okay for people to make rude comments to women in STEM? This is unacceptable and has to stop! As a mademoiselle scientist I should only be judged by the work that I do, not what I look like. Since I look young and dress stylish I often get the comments like: “you look so young”, or “look like you should be in a different career” and sometimes I don’t get taken seriously. It’s a shame that things are this way. The last time I checked there is nothing wrong with being feminine or taking pride in my appearance.

Have you ever heard, “you don’t look like a scientist”? Or how about, “you are too pretty to be a scientist”? I know some of you may have heard these things before. It’s time that we take a stand and make a change. We have to let our voices be heard. How can we change this? Continue reading “What Does a Scientist Look Like?/Too Pretty to be a Scientist”

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How to Have Fun Networking During Holiday Parties:

‘Tis the season! Between decorations, good food and holiday parties this is the season to have some fun! You can count on holiday parties from now until January (maybe even February depending where you live). Relieve the stress from the fall and welcome winter with the fun festivities of holiday parties. Plus it’s a great time to network!

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The ‘Power’ Nap

It’s that time of year when it gets dark earlier. I like fall, but I can’t stand that it gets darker earlier. I find myself getting sleepy in the early evening. Not good. I know I’m not alone. We’ve all been there.

Let’s talk about how we can overcome this sluggish-lack-of-energy feeling by re-energizing with a ‘Power’ Nap. I like to take my ‘Power’ Nap after my ‘Power’ Hour depending on my schedule that day. ‘Power’ Naps are amazing because it’s just enough time to relax without falling into a deep sleep.

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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

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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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