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Experiences of Women in STEM

Ellice's SciComm Corner Podcast Episode 2

Ellice's SciComm Corner is your go-to podcast for hot button topics and new research in science communication. Hosted by Ellice Peck, a SciComm Master's student at Stony Brook University, this monthly podcast connects the science behind scicomm to the realities of engaging in the field. 

In honor of Women’s History Month, we’ll focus on the experiences of women in STEM, from their support systems (or lack thereof) to their representation in media; from the decisions they face when it comes to whether or not to start a family, to the discrimination and expectations they face on a daily basis in academia.

Joining us to share her experiences, we have Alexandra Ambrico, a Science Communication Masters student from Stony Brook University. Her focus in her Master’s work is women in STEM, specifically looking at representation and role models for young girls and how this affects their interest in and pursuit of STEM careers.

Papers Discussed in Episode 2:

  • Johnson, H. L. (2017). Pipelines, pathways, and institutional leadership: An update on the status of women in higher education. Link to paper.

  • Williams, W. M., & Ceci, S. J. (2012). When scientists choose motherhood: a single factor goes a long way in explaining the dearth of women in math-intensive fields. How can we address it?.  American scientist 100 (2), 138. Link to paper.

  • Koch, A. J., Sackett, P. R., Kuncel, N. R., Dahlke, J. A., & Beatty, A. S. (2022). Why women STEM majors are less likely than men to persist in completing a STEM degree: More than the individual.  Personality and Individual Differences 190 , 111532. Link to paper.

  • Marzook, B. (2019). More mulder than scully: Representations and realities in STEM.  Kill Your Darlings , (Jul-Dec 2019), 250-255. Link to essay.

  • Estrada, M., Hernandez, P. R., & Schultz, P. W. (2018). A longitudinal study of how quality mentorship and research experience integrate underrepresented minorities into STEM careers.  CBE—Life Sciences Education 17 (1), ar9. Link to study.

  • Wolfers, J. (2015). Fewer women run big companies than men named John.  The New York Times 2 , 2015. Link to article.

  • Rivers, E. (2017). Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in science and engineering.  National Science Foundation . Link to stats.  

  • McCullough, L. (2019). Proportions of women in STEM leadership in the academy in the USA.  Education Sciences 10 (1), 1. Link to paper.

You can download a full transcript of the episode here All music in Ellice's SciComm Corner episodes are licensed under YouTube's Creative Commons License. 

Ellice Peck

Ellice Peck graduated from Stony Brook with a bachelor’s degree in biology and a concentration in neuroscience and is the founder of The Neuro Aesthetic, a science communication platform that offers helpful blog posts and resources for Ph.D. students and postdocs with an aesthetic twist. In addition to running her own business, Ellice works as a science communication intern for the Alda Center, helping to develop and design content for The Link.

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