PLEN Reaffirmed My Goal to Work in Healthcare Policy on the Hill

I first learned about PLEN from my advisor and she thought it would be a great experience for me. Since I am pursuing my Masters of Public Health focusing on policy and administration within healthcare, I felt that the Women in STEM Policy seminar would be a great supplemental experience to my education. I am … Continue reading PLEN Reaffirmed My Goal to Work in Healthcare Policy on the Hill

You Don’t Need to Be a Political Science Major to Work in Policy

The PLEN Women in STEM Policy Seminar was an amazing experience for me. This opportunity allowed me to leave Minnesota and its political sphere and immerse myself in the nation's capital. A PLEN alumna from last year recommended this seminar to me once I told her about my aspirations. Also, my college is a member … Continue reading You Don’t Need to Be a Political Science Major to Work in Policy

I’m Not Alone in Wanting it All

Throughout my academic career, I have felt an invariable attraction to both the world of STEM, and the realm of law and policy. Rather than accept popular advice that I had to choose an academic path in either one field or the other, I decided to “go it alone” and pursue a career that would … Continue reading I’m Not Alone in Wanting it All

Fighting Doubts, Gaining Confidence, and Valuing Women Who Support Women

I learned about PLEN through students from my school, St. Lawrence University, who had attended PLEN seminars in past years. The Women in STEM Policy seminar exceeded my expectations; we heard from an incredible variety of accomplished women who spoke to us about their career and how they’ve come to where they are now. Two … Continue reading Fighting Doubts, Gaining Confidence, and Valuing Women Who Support Women

Branching out into Public Policy

I learned about PLEN through my internship supervisor. I had never traveled to the east coast before, and I felt that this seminar would be a great opportunity for me. In regards to public policy and STEM careers, I have always been weary and a bit hesitant to these types of careers because I knew … Continue reading Branching out into Public Policy

Science, Technology, Policy – Oh My!

Union Station seemed to be the center of civilization as crowds of people entered and exited the metro early on a Wednesday morning. I was among the crowd, breakfast in my hand and newfound friends by my side. We were leaving the station en route to one of this country’s most important facilities: the Capitol … Continue reading Science, Technology, Policy – Oh My!

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

Don’t Limit Yourself

Before coming to the PLEN Women in STEM Policy seminar, I had almost no experience in understanding the process behind writing policy, especially at a federal level. I never expected to learn that there are so many different of implications of STEM in policy, from being a congressional staffer advising on policy to being a … Continue reading Don’t Limit Yourself

Women in STEM Policy Helped Me Confirm My Goals in the Field of Science

Since I was little, I have been fascinated with figuring out how the world works, and I found throughout my time in school that science was the way to satisfy my interests. Since beginning college, I have been debating on what to pursue after I earn my degree. Should I go to graduate school to … Continue reading Women in STEM Policy Helped Me Confirm My Goals in the Field of Science