32 episodes

Conversations and real talk on women in STEM, the grad school grind, and inclusive science.

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    • Natural Sciences
    • 5.0 • 28 Ratings

Conversations and real talk on women in STEM, the grad school grind, and inclusive science.

    Counting the Women in STEM with Claudine Schmuck, Gender Scan

    Counting the Women in STEM with Claudine Schmuck, Gender Scan

    How many women are working in STEM careers? What are the major hurdles to achieving gender equality? Claudine Schmuck founded Gender Scan to find out. While the project originates in France, Gender Scan is expanding to collect data from across the globe. In today’s episode, Kayla and Sally discuss the launch of the 2021 Gender Scan survey and how data collection is critical to supporting women in STEM.

    Show notes:
    Gender Scan Survey (scroll down and look left for the survey link)

    -Be sure to answer “Double Shelix” when asked “Are you answering to this survey following the suggestion of a partner of Gender Scan?”
    -The progress bar will make the survey seem quite long, but you actually only need to answer about a quarter of the questions to complete the general survey. You will then have the option to complete additional surveys about specific subtopics.

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    Timnit Gebru’s Exit From Google Exposes a Crisis in AI

    • 39 min
    PhD Reflections: Hindsight is 2020

    PhD Reflections: Hindsight is 2020

    Sally and Kayla GRADUATED! What were some highs and lows of graduate school? What did they wish they had known sooner? In this episode, Sally and Kayla reflect on their experiences while pursuing a PhD as well as share exciting updates for the next season of Double Shelix.

    • 41 min
    "What Ph.D. negotiations taught me about landing a job in Industry" with Fatoumata Fall

    "What Ph.D. negotiations taught me about landing a job in Industry" with Fatoumata Fall

    Are you a recent or soon-to-be graduate stressed about recruiting and how you will find your first "real" job?

    In this episode, Kayla and Sally talk to Entrepreneur, Career Agent, and Advocate - Fatoumata Fall (Fatu) - about how graduating PhDs can optimize their job search experience. Fatu is a co-founder of Ralph, a company specializing in tech industry negotiations. They have supported over 130 STEM Ph. D.s in their negotiations, as well as their career decision-making and transition from Academia to Industry. In the episode, Fatu shares what she learned about the job search process from advising the most successful Ph. D.s. She also shares her own experience as an entrepreneur as well as her insights into the efforts tech companies are making to recruit underrepresented candidates.

    • 56 min
    Prep your research pitch - skill share!

    Prep your research pitch - skill share!

    What do you study? Whether it's to a leading faculty in your field or to your aunt's best friend, you have probably been asked to explain your research many, many times. How can you make your answer count without reciting an entire review paper? Sally and Kayla discuss how to craft an effective research “pitch" and then test their skills in real time. Spoiler alert: practice matters.

    • 43 min
    Leaving a bad project - skill share!

    Leaving a bad project - skill share!

    Sometimes bad projects happen to good people. Kayla and Sally discuss how to identify if your project may be in trouble, talk about these challenges with team members, and say good riddance to a bad project. We also talk about letting go of a good projects that come to an untimely conclusion due to circumstances outside your control - lost funding, changing priorities, or, you know, a global pandemic.

    • 28 min
    Letters of recommendation - skill share!

    Letters of recommendation - skill share!

    Requesting, writing, and stressing about letters of recommendation? Been there! Kayla and Sally cover all these letter of rec worries and more! We get into the weeds like what to do when a recommender asks you to "write the first draft for me" and how many "friendly reminder" emails are too many. Finally, we walk you through writing your first letter of rec about a trainee. It's the first of our Skill Share series - hope you enjoy!

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Allison FP ,

So insightful!

This is the podcast I needed when I was in grad school! It hits on everything scientists struggle with, all in our real world context of diversity, inclusion, and lack thereof.

Monica900000 ,

Fantastic and real!

Phenomenal podcast and a must listen for anyone working in STEM, navigating academia, or passionate about these issues. Hosts have great perspective on grad school and women in STEM life. Relatable, fun hosts bring guests’ stories to life. Can't wait for new episodes!!

rachellei.chem ,

Great insights into women in STEM

I have been following the podcast for a while and they have some really cool episodes that are highly relevant to our day-to-day life in grad school. Learned a lot on effective communication and conflict management in science. Also the episode of women's health in 20s can't be more informative. Highly recommend to everyone in the world of STEM.

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