I am a woman in academic science. Do I need to say more than that?
I am a biologist… and I also went to professional school, and I have a faculty position in a major university. I come to work every day because there are certain biological questions that I find fascinating and I can’t stop thinking about. I hope that what I do in my job (and in my life) makes a difference for others. I’ve had a twisted career path that includes a Ph.D. in microbiology completed during a leave of absence from professional school, a post-doc in academic science, a little (and I mean a very little) time spent exploring industry, a non-tenure track academic appointment… and finally the tenure track position. While all this was going on, I got married and had two children. Oh, and yeah- I am part of a two-academic-science-career couple… as if things weren’t complicated enough already.
Although I now have tenure, I was junior faculty only a very short time ago. I spend a tremendous amount of time sharing my experiences (of education, and of climbing the academic ladder with a spouse and two kids in tow) with others around me with the hope that they can avoid some of the mistakes/heartache/frustration etc… that I have been through… and just cut straight to the science-is-fun part of the program.
And yes, I wear a blue lab coat. Or I used to.
p.s. (Thoughts expressed here are solely my own, not those of my employer…. and any resemblance to persons living or dead, is completely coincidental. )
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