“As a woman of color, sexual harassment has added a devastating layer of insecurity to feelings I already struggle with coming into this field.” s a female scientist in a male-dominated field, I often have difficulty navigating my way through the mire of communication with male faculty. As a woman of color, entering into the predominately white […]
When I entered grad school, I had a clear vision of who I was going to be. I was going to learn as much as I could. I was going to do great research and answer scientific questions. I loved science, I loved being at the bench and I was determined to be as amazing […]
I felt guilty over every little “mistake”: I forgot to make them lunch or pack their snacks, falling asleep during activities with them, getting fast food when I was too tired to cook, not being able to be a volunteer at their school or be a helper during field trips, etc. I felt like the […]
Cervical cancer has been getting much more attention as of late partly due to the HBO adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s book “The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks.” As a survivor of the same type of cancer that took Henrietta’s life and led to the development of the HeLa cell line, Skloot’s book resonated profoundly with […]
HeLa cells are derived from a cancerous cervical lesion that Henrietta Lacks was having treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital. During a routine examination, George Gey, a researcher, took Henrietta’s cells, sadly without her knowledge or consent.
It is so easy to feel like a failure as a grad student because of the socially standardized criteria set for the behavior of a “successful” grad student.
During lectures, meetings with my PI, lab meetings, and even committee meetings, I am trying to absorb and interpret what is being thrown at me.