I was #MadeInMexico and raised as a señorita or as a lady. “Ladies don’t do that” my mom used to say every time I tried to do something un-lady like. Over the years I would generate a mental list about all the things I was not supposed to do as a lady, until I realized if that was how a lady was supposed to behave I was not very good at that. Failing as a señorita I pursued a degree in Chemical Engineering. And for five years I went through all the kinds of discouragement one can suffer by being not taken seriously at college for being a girl in a career for men. But I graduated and became 1 of every 6 women that in Mexico get a college degree.
There's a lot of discussion about how very few women chose STEM careers. Thanks to twitter I found a lot of women that went through similar experiences as I did. Until then I hadn’t thought about how my experiences were part of a bigger set of experiences that women constantly face and that is where my interest began. It drove me to a point where I started wondering if a PhD in Chemistry was really what I wanted to do. I realized I cared a lot about how people perceived chemistry and why they did not understand it. Why science was taught the way it was and how we could change it. I realized I needed to become a different kind of scientist. One who could learn about the “knowledge” aspect of someone’s relationship with science and someone who knew also about the “Social” aspect of one’s relationship with science.
Nowadays I am starting my second year as a full-time Learning Sciences and Policy Ph.D student at the University of Pittsburgh. Science is my passion, and I aim to understand society's relationship with it. The goal of my research project is to find the critical factors that influence the necessary knowledge, skills and motivation to pursue a science-informed career or a lifelong interest in science by the end of middle-school.
I am so excited about curating the account and I would like to engage with everyone on the following topics:
- What we have learned about why girls tend to stay away from science
- #PhD life how to survive it and how to create a research identity
- The current state of chemical education and where it is going
- How to make people engage with social sciences
- What is like to move from the “hard sciences” to the “social sciences
Looking forward to our conversations,