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She in STEM is for all women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. It provides a platform to discuss experiences in the academic STEM world.

Time off

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog. More than a year has passed since the pandemic started and as probably most of us, I reached some oversaturation regarding screen time. Living abroad forces me to see most of my colleagues, friends and family on my computer if I don’t want to loseContinue reading “Time off”

How to calm your mind

As scientists and women in STEM, we highly rely on our mind and cognitive abilities for generating ideas, planning experiments, analysing data and writing things up. Thinking is great when it comes to problem solving (e.g. repair a bike). But is it equally useful when it comes to emotional challenges? We are most likely theContinue reading “How to calm your mind”

The power of rage

Rage is a feeling that is socially not very well accepted in women. Women are not meant to get enraged, to become aggressive, or get loud during an argument. When releasing rage in that way, too fast women are labeled as bitchy or bossy. Hiding or suppressing your rage over a longer time period isContinue reading “The power of rage”

The idea generator

Having great ideas and being creative is very much essential for a scientist. Did you ever reflect on how this process works best for you? And how it can be enhanced? The list on ideas that was supposed to end up in this blog was created while my body was incubating in the bathtub. AContinue reading “The idea generator”

Wise decision making or why it’s good to sleep on it for a night

I don’t like people holding a pistol on my head and forcing a decision. This is especially true for meetings of all kinds. Meetings were invented as a platform for egomaniacal people to display themselves as the greatest and to throw their brain farts as an act of verbal incontinence (sometimes sold as brainstorming). OfContinue reading “Wise decision making or why it’s good to sleep on it for a night”

How to write a successful grant proposal early in your career

Applying for fellowships is equally challenging as publishing a paper, but a largely unavoidable process on your way up the career ladder. Since I successfully applied for a 2-years postdoc fellowship with a huge national funding agency, I like to share my experience to aid others on their way: ) The idea behind the project:Continue reading “How to write a successful grant proposal early in your career”

Academic bullying – Experiences with toxic supervisors

Mental health issues have come to the foreground in academia. The system is prone to the development of mental illnesses, due to the many challenges scientists face, let it be the short-term contracts, lack of funding or the publish-or-perish mentality. In addition, working in highly competitive research areas can lead to the constant fear ofContinue reading “Academic bullying – Experiences with toxic supervisors”

Manuscript relationships – 5 reasons why it’s complicated

“How is the status of your manuscript?” … “Well, it’s complicated.” Sounds like I would talk about a serious relationship with another human being. It is serious! But why is it complicated? What makes manuscript writing such a roller coaster ride? Manuscripts do not come alone. They are usually attached to supervisors. And co-authors. AndContinue reading “Manuscript relationships – 5 reasons why it’s complicated”

Working from home

The current Corona situation forces many of us to work from home. This is especially a challenge for scientists that have to get their lab or field work done. Teaching suddenly needs to be implemented online, and students are complaining that the schedule is different from their normal curriculum. Home office is also a struggleContinue reading “Working from home”

Unspoken expectations

What I realized is that there are many unspoken expectations towards women in science that many women probably adapt to without even notizing the inappropriateness, since they never learned it the other way. From my experience, it is for example very common that female researchers are exprected to arrange birthday and other presents for theirContinue reading “Unspoken expectations”

The CV of failure

You constantly hear people talking about their academic successes, let it be in the workplace or on social media. The cool conference they visited abroad, the paper they published so easily, and the job they got despite 500 high-potential competitors. It’s very easy to hear and read about what worked well. But no one talksContinue reading “The CV of failure”

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