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WIS Faculty Panel discusses Career Pathways

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On a snowy November day, a group of female science faculty, including our VP for Research, gathered to share their career stories with students and others at the second panel event for the UND Women in Science group. The UND WIS is a student group with a mission to bring together both students and faculty who women in science disciplines to network, support and discuss the challenges and the opportunities they face throughout their careers. The event was co-sponsored by The Graduate School.

Chaired by Dr Rebecca Simmons (Biology), Dr Phyllis Johnson (VP for Research), Dr Phoebe Stubblefield (Anthropology), Dr Susan Ellis-Felege (Biology) and Dr Jody Ralph (Nursing) talked about their sometimes unconventional journeys to academia, and some of the challenges they encountered along the way. The discovery of their chosen discipline ranged from childhood passion to accidental good fortune late in undergrad. There were amusing anecdotes, advice on balancing career and family and the value of good mentorship. Good advice to both undergrads and grads – don’t shy away from tackling the hard classes!  Here are a few photos from the event.

WIS Faculty Panel discuss their career pathways

Dr Phoebe Stubblefield found Forensic Anthropology late in her undergraduate career

Dr Phyllis Johnson, VP for Research at UND, and chemistry graduate.

Next month, UND WIS is planning an end of semester social event, so watch for details. You can also read some of the contributions made to our blog from various students and faculty for the Women in Science series. If you would like to contribute to the series, contact Susan Caraher in The Graduate School.

Gretchen Mullendore and Rebecca Romsdahl discuss the challenges in being an (overly) supportive mentor.

Nicole Haese, Microbiology & Immunology

Annie Wargetz, Space Studies

Lisa Burnett, Microbiology & Immunology

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Written by School of Graduate Studies

November 16, 2011 at 8:47 am

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