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1) Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do. My name is  Marguerite Matthews  and I am a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow working at the National Institutes of Health in the Office of the Director. Prior to doing science policy work, I was a neuroscience researcher. 2) How did you arrive at this career? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? I learned about the AAAS Science and...
Background The purpose of our longitudinal study is to develop ongoing insights into girls studying STEM and women pursuing STEM careers, in response to the continuing statistics evidencing the underrepresentation of women in STEM, stereotypical environments and double standards. Our 2016 survey of 163 women between the ages of 15-46 representing 16 different countries world wide, focused on developing insights into the current...
Swati Patankar Qualification:  BSc, PhD, Professor at IIT Bombay Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), is recognised worldwide as a leader in the field of engineering education and research IIT Bombay has 17 departments, 13 multi-disciplinary centres, and 3 schools of excellence. The annual Science & Technology festival of IIT Bombay, Techfest, which was started in 1998, is held in the month of December every year and is...
The purpose of our longitudinal study is to develop ongoing insights into girls studying STEM and women pursuing STEM careers, in response to the continuing statistics evidencing the underrepresentation of women in STEM, stereotypical environments and double standards. Our 2016 survey of 163 women between the ages of 15-46 representing 16 different countries world wide, focused on developing insights into the current experiences of girls...
Diah works as a Procurement Officer in a gas company. During the interview she emphasized the importance of being surrounded by a great team. Who are you what do you do? Hello! I’m Diah. I studied cyberpsychology. But right now I’m working in a gas company, joining the cool gang of the Procurement Team. :) How did you arrive at this career? Was it always something you knew you wanted to do? Hmmm.. nothing...
There are still comparatively few women working in science and technology.  Recent studies  show that only 23% of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals are women, and 27% of these are likely to leave their job within the first year. So, why aren’t more women entering and remaining in science and technology? What’s causing this gender gap? Geeky Girl Reality is a longitudinal,...
1) Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do. My name is  Natalie Panek  and I build space robots. My background is in mechanical and aerospace engineering, which I studied in school to work towards my long-term dream of becoming an astronaut. My work involves collaborating with teams of engineers to build robotic arms (think of the Canadarms as an example), robotics tools, or even a Mars rover. 2) How...
We are happy to be able to share excerpts from an interview between a STEM mentor, Vandhana and an aspiring STEM student, Lavanya. Vandhana Raghavan  holds a Postgraduate in Chemistry, Professionally Qualified Educator (Msc.BEd).Currently she teaches Chemistry to High School students @ Swami Vivekanand Junior College, Mumbai, India Interviewer is  Lavanya , a High School STEM student in Dhirubhai Ambani...
Dr. Anuradha Majumdar, Faculty in Pharmacology, Bombay College of Pharmacy When you were college ready what prompted you to select science stream? Was it something you knew you wanted to do? Yes. During school days itself I was more inclined to science vis a vis humanities. I guess it was the influence of reading most of the Robin Cook authored Science fiction those days. Plus a natural trust that the truth we humans seek can...
Geeky Girl Reality is a longitudinal independent study created in response to the surprising lack of women represented in STEM careers. It aims to give voices to women interested in STEM and allows us to construct meaning and data surrounding their experiences as women The Continuation of this blog series reflects our findings from our Spring 2016 survey of 163 women between the ages of 15-46 who represent 16 countries from around the...
Debbie  works as a  Web analyst  in  American Airlines . She has been working for the company for 23 years and gained experience in different roles and departments.Throughout her career she encountered different challenges and agreed to share her experience with the Geeky Girl Reality community. Say hi :) who are you what do you do? Hi my name is Debbie and I’m almost 51 years old. I have worked...
Zani Gichuki  is an  engineer  from  Kenya , she works on designing a school that encourages active learning. Zani finds engineering career rewarding because it allows her to utilise her problem solving skills. She agreed to share her story with the Geeky Girl Reality community. Say hi :) who are you what do you do? I'm Zani, and I'm a graduate civil/structural engineer. Right now I'm a fellow at...