#ThankYourMentor – National Mentoring Month: My Science Mentoring Story

Happy New Year and Happy National Mentoring Month! Throughout the month we have seen posts, tweets and stories about the importance of mentoring. This is why The National Mentoring Partnership (MENTOR) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health started National Mentoring Month back in 2002. National Mentoring Month focuses national attention on the need for mentors to ensure positive effect in young people. 1 in 3 young people will grow up without a mentor. Mentoring makes a difference, especially for underrepresented students who are interested in STEM fields. When students have science mentors it gives them the opportunity to learn about different science career options and build a positive support system.

Since today is the last event of National Mentoring Month (#ThankYourMentor day) and this is my first blog post of 2018 what better time to share how mentoring has made an impact on my science journey. I believe in the impact of mentors and encourage you to mentor someone new. In honor of #ThankYourMentor day I am going to share a few of my mentoring experiences.

As I mentioned in my Mentoring Series, mentoring at all stages is essential for students in the STEM fields, especially underrepresented minority students.  Continue reading #ThankYourMentor – National Mentoring Month: My Science Mentoring Story

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A Bit More About Mademoiselle Scientist + The Importance of Having a Science Community

This month I celebrated my 4th Blog Anniversary and I decided it was a great time for me to share a bit more about the Mademoiselle Scientist behind the blog. My name is Martina and I am a toxicologist, science writer, and STEM education advocate. I started Mademoiselle Scientist as a way to share my journey as a woman in STEM and help the next generation of scientists. I am passionate about all things science: research, mentoring, education and outreach. I want to help scientists succeed, students excel and share information that I have learned along my journey. I see myself as a mentor sharing advice I wish I would have known when I was getting started in STEM.

Early in my journey, there were not many resources like we have today. I remember taking a Minorities in STEM Freshman Seminar Class at Penn State and that was the first time I saw a large group of students that looked like me that were aspiring scientists and engineers. A few years later I found myself surrounded by even more scientists and engineers at the National Society of Black Engineers National Convention. Now I am seeing an increase of scientists and engineers who are in leadership roles in higher education, science policy, research and science communication that as a freshman I did not see. It is incredible to see science, education and research change, but it is also amazing that I have this platform. When I started my blog I did not think that my experiences, the information I learned along the way and resources would turn into a science community. I just wanted a way to help scientists, especially college and underrepresented students learn that they too can become scientists and engineers.

Every day the science community is growing. In 2013 when I started my blog there were only a few blogs out there. Out of the few blogs, I read there were not many blogs that shared information to help scientists, college students and those thinking about graduate school. Also, I did not see many blogs run by minorities or women in STEM. Today there is a blog for everyone.

A Few of My Favorite Blogs in the Science Community: Continue reading A Bit More About Mademoiselle Scientist + The Importance of Having a Science Community

The Real Talk about the PhD #PioneerChat Reflection:

A few months ago I participated in: The Real Talk about the Ph.D. #PioneerChat hosted by Dr. Monica F. Cox with guest host, Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro. Since I am prospective Ph.D. student I was looking forward to this twitter chat because I enjoy hearing people talk about their Ph.D. journeys. Plus it’s a great way to network with fellow women in STEM.

To find out more about #PioneerChat, Dr. Monica Cox and Dr. Fatimah Williams Castro click here.

Let’s get started!: Continue reading The Real Talk about the PhD #PioneerChat Reflection:

Spotlight on Science: This Week in Science (#TWIS)

In my last Spotlight on Science Post I talked about MySciCareer as a resource for scientists. Now, I’m back for another resource for scientists. The only podcasts I follow are This Week in Virology (TWIV) and This Week in Global Health (TWiGH). So when I heard about This Week in Science (TWIS) on twitter I had to check it out. I love learning about anything related to STEM. The cool thing about TWIS is that they talk about various topics in science and each episode is a chance to find out the latest things happening in science and technology.  Continue reading Spotlight on Science: This Week in Science (#TWIS)

Being a #BLACKandSTEM Woman Twitter Chat Reflection

Remember when I said I was going to start getting involved in more twitter chats? So far I have been following #TWiV, #TWiGH, #ECRchat #PhDChat and #BLACKandSTEM chat. If you have any twitter chats I should check out let me know in the comment section.

On Thursday, October 30, I participated in a #BLACKandSTEM twitter chat hosted by @BLACKandSTEM. Every Thursday #BLACKandSTEM has twitter chats on various topics. Last Thursday’s topic was about being #BLACKandSTEM and a woman. When I heard about this topic I knew that I had to check it out.

Just in case you missed the #BLACKandSTEM chat click here to find out more information.

Let’s get started with my reflection: Continue reading Being a #BLACKandSTEM Woman Twitter Chat Reflection

Career Exit Strategy Reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor

On Thursday, August 21 I participated in a Twitter Chat #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor. When I found out that Science Mentor would be hosting the chat I knew it would be informative because she has many resources on her blog. Check out her post about Self-Mentoring and using the myIDPtool.

Thursday’s #ECRChat topic was about How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy. A Career exit strategy is a short-term plan (1-2 years) to maintain professional life during a career transition. If you want to find out more information check out Science Mentor’s career exit strategy post. Last year I shared my experience using the myIDP tool. Using this tool helped me get a better idea of what I need to do to get in the career I want.

If you are new to my blog I am a toxicologist and have many interests. Currently, I am science writer and communicator. I am exploring career options of vaccine research and STEM education. Very different STEM pathways, but very interesting to me.  Now, that you know a bit more about me let’s get started with my reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor:

Main Points from the How to Develop a Career Exit Strategy #ECRChat Hosted by Science Mentor: Continue reading Career Exit Strategy Reflection of the #ECRChat hosted by Science Mentor

Careers: Science Policy Reflection – AWIS & NSBE Mashup

For the past few months I have been hearing a lot about alternative science research careers, specifically science policy, patent law, science communication and science journalism. About a month and a half ago I attended the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Career Panel on Science Policy and Education hosted by the AWIS-Baltimore. This was a career panel of women in different policy and education positions.

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Science policy is the branch of public policy that is the bridge between science and the public. It involves scientific issues, education, advocacy and everything else that goes into science policy. A balance of writing, communication, and oral skills are key skills to have in a science policy position.

Now there are many recent graduate PhD scientists that are exploring alternative science research careers, such as science policy. The good thing about the science policy field is that you get the opportunity to apply your extensive scientific knowledge that can make an impact on the public. For this career corner post I am going to share my reflection after attending an AWIS career panel on science policy and participating in a NSBE twitter chat on science policy. Continue reading Careers: Science Policy Reflection – AWIS & NSBE Mashup