Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Hometown: Tempe, AZ
GCF Position:OGE Programs for Women
My GCF project is working with Dean Staton and the other Programs for Women GCFs to plan Path of Professorship, a yearly conference that brings together panelists of female professors to discuss the specific challenges and pathways available to women applying for academic positions. In addition to this yearly conference, we plan the Graduate Women of Excellence event every other year in the spring that recognizes graduate women across campus for their accomplishments. Along with these and additional events geared towards women in STEM and the specific obstacles they face, our goal is to provide a support network to the graduate women at MIT.
How does your GCF project enhance the graduate student community?
Many female graduate students are deterred from applying to academic positions because they aren’t as familiar with the process or don’t have as many connections to help them wade through the unique challenges associated with being a woman in academia. Through Path of Professorship, we bring female professors from all over the Northeast to inform and inspire graduate women to pursue their goals. Through this network, many past participants of Path of Professorship have achieved faculty positions and have in turn come back to inspire other graduate women.
What is your favorite part of working in your GCF position?
My favorite part of working in this GCF position is the incredible network of strong and inspiring women including the other GCFs Tahoura, Maddie, and Bianca and all the women we work with and connect! I have really enjoyed broadening my own experience through their diverse experiences. Working towards strengthening the community of women at MIT is very rewarding to me as it is a community I care deeply about.