Reaching Across the Aisle

I first heard of PLEN from my sister. A few years ago, I remember her coming back home from PLEN’s “Women in Health Policy” seminar, proudly wearing her NIH hoodie that she had bought during her time there. As a pharmacy student, she did not know how she could plug in to her interest in … Continue reading Reaching Across the Aisle

PLEN Provided Me with Resources to Be a Leader in STEM Policy

This past January, I had the privilege of attending PLEN’s Women in STEM Policy seminar, and it was an invaluable experience that greatly expanded my perspective on public policy. Before attending the seminar, I had only a vague understanding of the policy field. In my limited knowledge, I equated “careers in policy” with “lobbying on … Continue reading PLEN Provided Me with Resources to Be a Leader in STEM Policy

STEM Policy on the National and Local Levels

My PLEN journey began when preparation met chance. I had been actively working with individuals who were underrepresented in the STEM fields due to gender, race, and age throughout my graduate career. However, it wasn’t until recently that I began to think how I could merge my PhD degree with what I enjoyed to do … Continue reading STEM Policy on the National and Local Levels

PLEN Showed Me it’s Okay to Not Have a Plan 

I had a great time at the PLEN Women in STEM policy seminar. As a start, it was just great to get out and see Washington, D.C. for a week. I had never been there before, and it made me feel important to get to see the White House and Capitol. I even walked past … Continue reading PLEN Showed Me it’s Okay to Not Have a Plan