Welcome to STEMculture!
Welcome to STEM podcast! Oh, I fucked up!
[Laughter] Alright, we have an intro!
Welcome to STEMculture podcast where a group of graduate students team up to improve the
culture of STEM. I am Brooke and I am – I have a background
in forensic anthropology. And I strangely decided to come study biology for my graduate
studies. So I’m in epigenetics, mainly. I’ve been in grad school for a year and a half
now. My name is Dani, and I’m an animal physiologist.
And I’ve been in this university for three and a half years. Help me. And I am very interested
in graduate student efficiency and helping us all be better.
I’m Will. I know some things about mathematics and some things about computer science, and
I’m currently studying mathematical biology. I’ve been here for five years, hopefully finishing
soon. And I’m interested in interdisciplinary research and coming up with new approaches
to old problems, and also improving the culture surrounding STEM. And that’s why I’m here.
My name is Zach. I am an analytical chemist by trade. I have a background in computer
science and analytical chemistry, and I’m here for the science and for STEM professional
development. Hi y’all, my name is Keighley. I have a
background in genetics, and biomolecular chemistry and I am now grateful to be studying cancer
biology. However, my main interests fall in the field of science communication.
This is kind of a ‘stem’ from our conversation (laughter, “oh my god” from Zach) sorry,
I just couldn’t help myself! From all of the conversations that we’ve been having,
amongst ourselves and knowing that there’s other graduate students out there who would
like to get in on these conversations as well. But what we’ve been doing at our university
is we’ve been putting on a lot of workshops, and we’ve been having a lot of conversations
about this stuff. And we really want to reach on beyond our university. And that’s why we
wanted to do this podcast. We live in a stem world and communicating
our research as well as the way that STEM works is super important, not just for graduate
students, because when you’re starting graduate school, there’s no guidebook and they’re all
different types of things you need to know about. But if the lives of graduate students
improve than the science that keeps our world running, will also improve.
Some of the topics we want to cover are imposter syndrome, how to network, how to set up collaborations,
teaching, how to deal with harassment, whether that
be gender-based harassment, sexual harassment, just plain old bullying, also, the other end
of that is mentorship. How do you be mentors, going to conferences, how to pick an advisor
and once you have an advisor how to deal with your advisor.
Yes! All that being said, we promise to show you
the good, the bad, the mediocre And sometimes the hilarious
Because grad school shouldn’t be a secret and we need to talk about it.
Yeah, you should know what you’re getting into before you get started. Or if you’re
already in the thick of it we’ll help you out through it. We’re all PhD students, and
so we feel like we have some clout when speaking about this topic or our topics so
We didn’t have enough on our plate, so why not add one more (sarcasm)
Because we have empty schedules, so empty (sarcasm) so much time (sarcasm)
But hopefully through the adventures of our learning how to podcast and learning how to
navigate graduate culture and STEM culture we will share a little bits of wisdom with
our lovely lovely listeners out there.