“I am currently pursuing my fifth-year master’s degree (’21), also in biochemistry. I am from Mansfield, Mass., and I hope to work in research and development of biopharmaceuticals in the future.
“Throughout my career in science, I have struggled with ‘imposter syndrome,’ or feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. I think particularly as a woman in science, many of us struggle with this feeling. I remember being in high school and feeling passionate about science and healthcare, but thinking there was no way that I was hardworking enough or intelligent enough to pursue it. I think that it is very important to establish a supportive and encouraging environment for students who are interested in pursuing a career in science. Especially in a field that can tend to be harsh and competitive, I think it is important to remind kids how capable they are, and that science can be fun!”