International Women's Day

Celebrating Women in Science

In honour of International Women's Day, we asked Carleton Science researchers, teachers and students to share stories of women who inspire them, as well as tips and advice for women and girls in science. Check out their responses below and be sure to read their full submissions here!

Don't forget to follow @CarletonScience on Twitter and Facebook for more #IWD2019 posts on March 8, 2019.

 

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Shelley Hepworth

Associate Professor, Biology

"I’ve been lucky enough to have had many female role models in science over the years … At a critical time in my career these women showed me that it was possible to raise young children AND be a scientist at the same time. I had two young children during my post-doc years and there were times when I felt it was too difficult balancing motherhood and science and I should give up – do something simpler. These fearless women showed me the way." More...

 

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Natalina Salmaso

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience

"Spread out, make yourself seen even when its uncomfortable. Say yes to every opportunity you have so that we can begin to change the face of science. Do not apologize for pushing forward or speaking your mind  when you encounter roadblocks." More...

 

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Kristin Connor

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

"My advice for young women who are interested in science or other fields in which they are underrepresented is to find someone who will take the time to support you and advocate on your behalf, someone who will help you get to where you want to go, and someone who recognises that diversity is a strength, because it’s through diversity of experiences, opinions and lenses that will we make the greatest strides for science and society." More...

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Shirley Mills

Associate Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

"I tell my students to find what they are passionate about, follow that direction, work hard and believe in themselves, keep their eyes on their goals, help others, and find enjoyment in life. I have followed that advice myself and have never regretted it." More...

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Kim Hellemans

Departmental Chair, Neuroscience 

""Science is about discovery, creativity and innovation. When I was a young girl I always thought science was being in a lab and pipetting stuff, not realizing how much joy there is in the pursuit of discovery and knowledge. What I tell my girls, who are ages five and eight, is: "Isn’t science fun?!" More...

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Rowan Thomson

Associate Professor, Physics

"Find what you love (in work, in study, in research, in life) and then have the confidence to go for it!  Find your way through the challenges and tough spots by embracing the pain, by which I mean develop your personal resilience and draw on a supportive community of friends, mentors, and role models." More...

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Hanika Rizo

Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences

"Believe in yourselves and don’t hesitate to reach out to a scientist to get an overview of our work. If you like science, working in a scientific related field is great and very fun. It allows you to understand better the world that surrounds us, and you always keep on learning new things." More...

 

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Pamela Wolff

Instructor, Chemistry 

"I dealt with being the only woman in my university class, and the only woman faculty member in the chemistry department here for about ten years by ignoring that fact entirely. I know that this won’t work for everyone, but I simply didn’t listen to any pressure on me to conform to someone else’s expectations of me. No one can pressure me unless I let them, so I don’t; the only pressure I really feel is the pressure I put on myself." More...

 

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Maria DeRosa

Associate Dean & Professor, Chemistry

"You may face real barriers in your pursuit of a career in science. Try not to become another barrier for yourself. Many of us doubt our own abilities or suffer from 'imposter syndrome'.  Believe in yourself. Your success is not an accident or coincidence, it is the result of your hard work!" More...

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Melissa Chee

Assistant Professor, Neuroscience 

"Trust in your talents and be unafraid to advocate for yourself. To anyone who has defied odds, persevered in the face of adversity, or advocated for equality, I salute you!" More...

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Sophie Stasyna 

4th Year Student, Neuroscience and Mental Health

"If you are experiencing self-doubt about your ability or your right to chase your dreams, I challenge you to tell yourself every day that you can. If you believe that you can, you will." More...

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Martha Mullally

Instructor & Coordinator, Biotechnology

"Find a mentor. It doesn't have to be another woman, just find someone who inspires you, encourages you, and will advocate on your behalf. A good mentor is so critical to being successful in science. Also, talk to your professors, they are real humans who might love the chance to tell you the story of how they got to where they are today in science.." More...

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Katie Healey

4th Year Student, Neuroscience and Mental Health

"My advice to young women who are interested in pursuing a career in science is to go for it. You may feel underrepresented and unheard at times, but your presence is incredibly important and could be the example other women and girls need to get involved themselves." More...

 

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Mariam Elsawy

4th Year Student, Health Sciences

"My female role model in Science is Dr. Jenny Bruin in the Biology department who does her research on Diabetes … Having a mentor like her made me realize that women are not required to make a choice between having a career or having a family and that it is possible to do both..." More...

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Ally Welten

3rd Year Student, Health Sciences

"My advice for young women and girls would be to find your personal motivation and values and to keep that in mind when pursuing academics and future careers as loving what you do is incredibly important." More...

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Farah Hosseinian

Associate Professor, Chemistry

"My advice would be to encourage young women and girls to pursue such careers in a manner that they feel is worthwhile. Institutional showcase (social media talks and events) can help female scientists in their efforts..." More...

 

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Barbara Szyszkowicz

Professor, Mathematics and Statistics

On a woman deserving of special recognition: Marie Sklodowska Curie (1867-1934) was the first person ever to receive two Nobel Prizes. More...

 

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Naomi Cappuccino

Associate Professor, Biology

On a female role model in Science: My idol when I was a first-year student at Brown was Mimi Koehl. She's at Berkeley now. The lab portion of her Invertebrate Zoology course was totally open-ended. We had all sorts of marine organisms and we were free to explore." More...