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When my kindergarten teacher asked my four-year-old self what I wanted to be when I grew up, I remember blurting out “doctor!” as many other kids my age would. I don’t necessarily remember why I chose that specific career. Perhaps it was because I was born prematurely, so from a young age, I understood the importance of modern medicine. Perhaps it was because I was plagued by recurring ear infections growing up, so much so that I had to get tubes three times and as such had many encounters with doctors. Either way, the idea kind of stuck. A few years later, going into middle school, I transferred from my small elementary school to an all-girls school in Bexley, Ohio. My seven years at Columbus School for Girls instilled in me the confidence I needed to believe that I was capable of pursuing something as rigorous as a career in medicine. Now, here I am many years later—a senior in college, a neuroscience major, and currently in the process of applying to medical school.

As my time at Kenyon is coming to an end, I’ve started to look back and wonder, what are the experiences my fellow female classmates in STEM have had? What are the experiences that my professors have had? Have they been similar to mine, or drastically different? What are their thoughts on being a woman in STEM? So I thought I’d ask them—what does being a woman in STEM mean to you? As such, I went around and asked 42 students and faculty to either complete the phrase #womeninstem____ or simply comment on their experiences so far. In the end, I received a wide array of responses, but as a whole, I hope that one or more responses can resonate with someone, and maybe even inspire them to consider a career in STEM. Here they are below: Check them out!


Akasha Walker, Sophomore, International Studies and Pre-Nursing


Alexandra Simic, Senior, Biology


Ali Colmenares, Sophomore, Psychology


Alyssa Williams, Senior, Math


Campbell Elizabeth, Junior, Physics, and Princess Ferguson, Freshman, Undeclared


Christie Binkley, Senior, Molecular Biology


Denise Olinga, Sophomore, Math


Eleanor Lopatto, Senior, Chemistry


Emily Olsen, Senior, Biology


Erin Keleske, Junior, Environmental Studies

Ghada Baqbouq, Sophomore, Math


Jessie Griffith, Biology, Anna Tancredi, Undeclared, and Hope Giometti, Biochemistry, Sophomores


Kai Primus, Sophomore, Psychology


Kalkidan Aseged, Senior, Neuroscience


Katy Samples, Junior, Psychology


Kelsey Hauser and Amelia Loydpierson, Neuroscience, Seniors


Kenny Viel, Senior, Molecular Biology


Laura Duncan, Senior, Biochemistry and English


Lin Miao, Senior, Psychology


Lit Osei, Senior, Chemistry


A Bunch of Math Majors


Megan Gothard, Sophomore, Biochemistry


Morgan Engmann, Freshman, Intended Molecular Biology


Rachel Arens, Senior, Neuroscience


Rachel Nguyen, Sophomore, Physics


Sarah Naguib, Senior, Neuroscience


Taylor Maurer, Senior, Biology, and Ellie Holmgren, Junior, Physics


Tracy Chmiel, Senior, Physics


Yodit Herrman, Sophomore, Molecular Biology


Professor Paula Turner, Physics


Professor Carol Schumacher, Math 


Professor Farnell, Math


Professor Gillen, Biology 


Professor Holdener, Math


Professor McMahon, Biology


Professor Millin, Psychology


Professor Murnen, Psychology


Professor Petersen, Neuroscience


Professor Rouhier, Chemistry


Professor Schultz, Biology


Professor Wade, Physics 

Professor Hicks, Biology


Thank you to all of the wonderful women in STEM who took the time to talk to me!


Image credits: Kalki Aseged

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