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Women In Science panel and social is Wednesday

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UND Women in Science (UND WIS) will host a panel on Wednesday about what it’s like to be a graduate student.

The event starts with a social at 3:45 p.m.; the panel takes place 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Red River Valley Room, Memorial Union. The event is free and open to the public.

“We’re really excited to announce this first of three panels we’re sponsoring,” said UND WIS founder and President Korey Southerland, a McNair scholar who’s majoring in political science and environmental geography and minoring in mathematics. “Our first panel will involve graduate student women across campus talk about their stories, struggles, and successes as women in science graduate students. However, though this event seems focused on graduate-level women, I believe it is important for all graduate level and undergraduate level students to attend.”

“A part of being successful in college is knowing about what your peers are thinking about, what makes them want to be academic successes, and what they are passionate about,” said Southerland, a native of the Minneapolis area and among the first in her family to go to college. “This panel will give everyone the chance to learn what graduate-level women are thinking about and the experiences they have had. As an undergraduate woman who is currently applying to graduate school, I see this as the perfect time to learn more about the experiences I may have in graduate school and what it feels like to be a woman in science seeking a graduate degree.”

UND Women in Science Vice President Lisa Burnette, a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, emphasized that the goal of this and future UND WIS-sponsored panels is “to showcase the incredible scientists we have all over campus and provide an opportunity for people to meet and interact with each other.”

“We want to encourage everyone to reach out and make connections because it will be those types of connections that will help a scientific career blossom,” Burnette said.

The panel is mainly targeted at undergraduate students who are thinking about going to graduate school and the graduate school process, according to UND WIS Secretary Victoria Maneev, a first-year master’s degree student in counseling psychology.


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October 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

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