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‘Women in STEM’

Annual event underscores contributions of women in STEM fields

Jan. 27, 2021—Marguerite Davis was one two biochemists who discovered vitamins A and B in 1913, though her university refused to pay Davis a salary for five of the six years she worked with Elmer McCollum, her more famous colleague. In 1946, Connie Myers Guion was the first woman in the U.S. to be named a professor...

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ChemE major earns prestigious DOD scholarship

Jun. 2, 2019—Rachel Strons, a rising junior, has been selected as a SMART Scholar by the U.S. Department of Defense. The SMART award—which stands for Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation—was designed to enhance the DoD workforce with “talented, innovative and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers” by supporting students like Strons, a chemical engineering major from Naperville,...

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Class of 2018 Profile: Elizabeth Lee, ME major, explores identity through web comic

May. 1, 2018—Elizabeth Lee identifies as many things. She’s a mechanical engineering major, a proud Asian American, and a woman working in the STEM fields. To give a clearer voice to these identities, Lee created a web comic called “Existing Quietly, Living Loudly.” She develops the concepts, draws the panels and writes the dialogue and captions based on her real-life...

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Top STEM scientists, educators, alums share struggles, wisdom

Mar. 24, 2017—Kimberly Bryant, a national leader in technology education, had no female professors in her four years as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt School of Engineering. Bryant earn her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering in 1989 and then worked at international tech and pharmaceutical companies before founding Black Girls Code. She’s been recognized by Business Insider, The Root 100...

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Getting to the root of STEM challenges: Vanderbilt’s Women in STEM day is March 21

Mar. 3, 2017—Author who shed light on ‘hidden’ women in science to headline event Rachel Swaby wrote a book about 52 women who persisted despite obstacles to become scientists that changed history because the author wanted better profiles of women in science, technology, engineering and math professions. “If we all talk about women’s contributions to STEM fields...

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