Happy Father’s Day – did I inherit the engineering gene?

By Sheffield Chapter / June 14, 2014

My involvement in ScienceGrrl has led me to question how and why I ended up studying a STEM subject and if my own experience could help to inspire and encourage budding young scientists. Every scientist and engineer has their own story about what has inspired them and Father’s Day seems like a good time to…

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Perceptions of physics

By Sheffield Chapter / May 21, 2014

What do people think of when they hear the word “physics”? . When I tell people that I’m studying physics (I’m doing a PhD in non-linear optics and semiconductor physics at the University of Sheffield), responses vary from “I don’t like physics, it’s too hard” to nervous laughter and backing away. I think the perception…

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Access to Understanding 2014 – science writing prize winner

By Sheffield Chapter / May 7, 2014

Access to Understanding is a science writing competition hosted by Europe PubMed Central and The British Library.  The 2014 winner was Elizabeth Kirkham, a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and one of the Sheffield ScienceGrrls. Her work focuses upon the impact of depression and early life stress upon cognitive and neurological processing in…

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Sheffield chapter launch

By Sheffield Chapter / March 18, 2014

Being a woman in a heavily male dominated field has, on the whole, not been a problematic experience for me.  In fact,  I think I got a bit of a kick out of it for a while during the first couple of years of my PhD in Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield, under…

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