Tag: Diversity

Girls Talk Math – Engaging Girls through Math Media

Girls Talk Math – Engaging Girls through Math Media

Girls Talk Math is a non-traditional math camp in that students not only learn challenging Mathematics usually not encountered until college, but also research the life of female mathematicians who have worked on related topics. Campers share what they learned during the two-week day camp…

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

Minority Representation in STEM Fields

United States as a “Melting Pot” Indigenous peoples inhabited the land, that is now known as the US, many generations before Christopher Columbus arrived. These people were culturally and linguistically diverse and since the founding of the US in 1776, the number of languages, customs,…

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Finding Power in Discomfort: 5 Ways to Advocate for Yourself and Others in Science

Three years ago, I moved from California to North Carolina for graduate school, an experience that pushed me out of my comfort zone in more ways than I expected. The most discomforting was feeling very different from my colleagues. For example, my identity as a woman of color became…

What’s Your I.D.?

What’s Your I.D.?

Some of my favorite TV shows as a kid didn’t involve cartoons or slapstick comedy.  They were educational shows – science and math shows to be more precise.  I watched Mr. Wizard set off volcanoes on Nickelodeon.  Bill Nye the Science Guy showed me how…

Is the GRE a Waste of Money?

Is the GRE a Waste of Money?

Graduate schools generally utilize previous transcripts, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, personal statements from applicants, and letters of recommendation in order to assess whether candidates are suitably prepared for success in graduate school. However, how much do any of these individual components contribute to the…

Getting the Whole Picture: Increasing Diversity in Medical Research

Getting the Whole Picture: Increasing Diversity in Medical Research

Every medication for every ailment, from headaches to heart disease, goes through clinical trials before it becomes available to patients. Clinical research is necessary to determine whether potential new drugs are effective and safe to use, and those that are get the seal of approval…

Defying Regression Towards the Mean

As a young woman in pursuit of a career in academia, I find the underrepresentation of women in STEM careers, and specifically scientific research, to be a daunting statistic to face. In STEM fields, the percentage of tenure-line faculty positions held by women has merely…