I am at the last lap of my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with an interest in postgraduate degree in Molecular biology, Neurobiology, Biomedical sciences.
I became interested in studying STEM during my senior year of high school; my love for nature and the curiosity to investigate and carry out research is the biggest factor leading to my interest in STEM.
My biggest challenge as an African, most especially as a woman in STEM is peer, parental and societal attitudes towards STEM as many Africans see it as a complicated multi-faceted subject.
Also, the lack of equipment and materials to carry out rigorous research, very little breathing room to study courses that truly interest me (poor infrastructure).
My upbringing has been beneficial to my career because I grew up to appreciate growth and health. I have lived in an environment where people had ignored their health due to the quest for survival, which in turn affected their state of health badly.
The aspiring students should make an effort to find and make good choices of mentors for themselves, and focus their efforts on projects that they have interest and potentials to do better.
People you associate with will have a significant impact on you, do not be easily influenced by social media and society.
Don’t underestimate yourself; set high goals and surround yourself with people who will challenge you intellectually.
They should surround themselves with Excellence and positive mindset individuals.
Yes. I currently co-found a social media page (@beyond_gender). The aim and objectives are to educate and enlighten prospective scholars especially the female gender on scholarship and opportunity in both STEM and Non-STEM.
Do you identify as an African in STEM? If so, please send us some basic information to see if we can profile you on the VSA page.
I think it’s about time you heard my story.