STEMelanated Pathways: Exploring paths and destinations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics)

STEMelanated Pathways: Exploring paths and destinations in STEM (science, technology, engineering, & mathematics)

Interested in astronomy, but don't know what you would do with an astronomy degree? Interested in majoring in science, but don't know if you want to be a doctor? We're here for you! STEMelanated pathways interviews Black, Brown, and Indigenous folks in STEM careers, STEM education, and STEM hobbies. STEMelanated pathways will also explore the history of STEM in these communities and cultures. STEM is and has always been for everyone.STEM pathways and destinations vary. Don't let anyone convince you yours doesn't exist. STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics


September 16, 2021 49 mins

Dr. Devin Swiner is an amazing scientist and scicommer! After finishing her PhD this spring, she began as a senior scientist at Merck this summer. Dr. Devin teaches us about grad school, dissertating, and going into industry in this episode. (My favorite part: when she talks about your dissertation being for you and finding new research interests). Dr. Swiner has also done a lot of work in science communication and helped found bot...

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Dr. Rajani LaRocca has a fascinating career. From childhood she was determined to be a physician and she achieved it while majoring in government in undergrad. After years of a successful career as a physician Dr. LaRocca added children's book author as an additional career. She's also a podcaster! (STEM Women in Kid Lit) Hear about her journey in this episode.

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July 15, 2021 31 mins

Genevieve Bent is the associate assistant principal and head of science for her school. She's been teaching for 8 years. She also founded the initiative Young, Gifted, & STEM that works to improve the experience and engagement of groups typically underestimated in STEM. We talk about the differences in the education systems in the US and the UK, persisting in STEM when it gets hard, and more.

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On today's episode, Kristen Reynolds and  talk about her full circle journey in STEM, the importance of advocating for yourself, and not being afraid of leaving a program that's not serving you or treating you well. I hope you enjoy! BTW: we do discuss police violence from minute 16 -17. We do not go into detail and I think it provides valuable context, but I want to provide this content warning.

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June 3, 2021 45 mins

Soniael Duncan is a computer scientist working in risk management and compliance. Throughout her career, Soniael has been able to merge the creative with computer science and travel the world. We talk about all of this and more in this episode!

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Dr. Morris shares great information about his experiences as a first-generation college student throughout the undergraduate and graduate application and decision processes. He also shares great information about finding funding and why choosing the University of Mississippi was a great choice for him.

If you're interested in connecting with Dr. Morris, he's happy to connect via LinkedIn:

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April 22, 2021 44 mins

Dr. Washington is currently in the final year of her nephrology fellowship. In this episode, we chat about the challenges of moving to a different region, setting yourself up for success in medical school, and not being afraid to apply to your dream schools and jobs. We also show our alma mater, Tougaloo College, some love.

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Today's episode is the journey of Dr. Tamera Hughes PharmD/PhD. We discuss community pharmacy v. retail pharmacy, transitions happening towards value-based care in community pharmacy to integrate pharmacists beyond the counter, pursuing a dual degree, and her work on improving care in communities of color.

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In this episode, we discuss the career every 90s kid dreamed of after watching Free Willy, marine science! Leslie Townsell and I discuss marine science, climate change, the costs of applying to grad school, the importance of mentors, and more. Leslie is a very proud Spelman graduate whose story shows us your path in STEM can have many twists and turns and still be awesome.

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March 11, 2021 46 mins

In this episode, we discuss getting a Ph.D. in math, what you can do with a degree in math (hint: it's so much), and Dr. Woods shows us that a setback isn't the end if you don't want it to be.
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February 25, 2021 52 mins

In this episode, Dr. Mitchell and I discuss her journey to becoming a retail pharmacist, some of the challenges she's faced along the way, and her advice to potential pharmacists. We also discuss Dr. Mitchell's hobby as a fiber artist and our mutual hobby of participating in races.


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February 11, 2021 12 mins

In this episode, I (Jordan) discuss what STEMelanated is, who I am, and what you can expect from this podcast. 

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February 1, 2021 42 secs

Trailer introducing STEMelanated Pathways
Transcript can be found: Transcript of STEMelanated Pathways Pod Trailer — STEMelanated

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