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Valuable Information on College Internships

The article, “Tight College Internship Market Signals Need for Students to Prepare Earlier” by Caralee Adams includes valuable information about internships, how they are changing, as well as my advice for college students that are trying to find and succeed in various internship opportunities. Check out the article if you want to gain a valuable […]

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Young Women Interested in STEM: Speaking at CEC Middle College of Denver

I would like to give a big thank you to CEC Middle College of Denver for having me out yesterday to speak with the young women that are interested in STEM fields. I love being able to give these young women advice to be able to push themselves into a challenging and rewarding career path! Take […]

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STEM Spotlight: Kristin Lauter Talks About Moving Up

Kristin Lauter, principal researcher and head of the Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research and member of the Association of Women in Mathematics, recalls being a member of a research group that was in need of new leadership. “I wasn’t necessarily looking for an opportunity to lead this group,” she says, “although I had been wondering […]

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STEM Internships: How to Get a Good One

Internships are a great way to experience the work environment and explore different options within your discipline of study. Internships provide fantastic on-the-job training and often lead to job offers after graduation.   Many students find themselves stuck when it comes to finding and securing an internship. This is likely their first experience with applying […]

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Women in STEM: How STEM Fields Benefit and Change from Female Influence

I shared in a previous post some stats and facts about women in STEM studies and the workforce. Having female influence in STEM fields helps to achieve a more balanced state in terms of gender but it is not solely a benefit to the female gender. Attracting and retaining women in the fields that remain […]

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STEM Spotlight: Kristin Lauter Talks About How to Deal with Work-Life Balance in a STEM Career

In our second post on work-life issues for women in STEM, we hear from Kristin Lauter on taking your work home in order to have it all.   Kristin Lauter, principal researcher and head of the Cryptography Group at Microsoft Research and member of the Association of Women in Mathematics, is troubled by what she […]

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STEM Spotlight: Madhu Lal-Nag on How to Deal with Work-Life Balance in a STEM Career

Work-Life balance is an important issue facing women in STEM and has been the topic of a previous discussion here. We will dedicate two posts in our series to this topic in an effort to show all women in STEM that you really can have it all.   The first post is from Madhu Lal-Nag, […]

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Be Heard: Communication Strategies for Women in STEM

As a female engineer, I know firsthand the challenges involved with communication in a male-dominated environment. Oftentimes, soft-spoken women are swallowed up in a meeting room filled with boisterous men. I was no exception.   When I was surrounded at project meetings by men with type-A personalities, they were, by nature, very dominating. That made […]

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STEM Careers: M Is for Math

This is the fourth in a series of posts designed to shine a bright spotlight on one segment of the STEM career path. We have already discussed Science, Technology, and Engineering. Today our focus is on Math.   Career paths we have assigned to the Science or Engineering categories also require a high skill level […]

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The STEM Entrepreneur: Unique Challenges and Hefty Rewards

Generally speaking, women in STEM fields are ambitious and hardworking, and they are up for any challenge that lies before them. That is why, in entering a career in a STEM field, they can handle a path not easily traveled. The same characteristics that make you successful in your STEM career can serve you as […]

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