Unique Scientist: ‘Academic Crusader’

Let’s read the story of ‘Academic Crusader‘! A pseudo-name is used to protect the identity of this scientist.

What kind of scientist are you?
As a Wildlife Biologist I do field research using quantitative approaches to improve conservation and biodiversity of mammals.

What made you want to become a scientist?
I’m extremely inquisitive. I enjoy research, math, and finding patterns in databases.

What makes you a #UniqueScientist?
I have a disability and am from a low socio-economic background. I also and a first generation college student.

“I would make sure every single person in academia has training on how to overcome unconscious bias, how to be open minded and how to avoid and address issues of discrimination.”

‘Academic Crusader’

What’s something cool you do outside of work?
I enjoy yoga and other outdoor events such as brewery and wine tasting.

If you had one wish and could change anything in science, what would it be?
I would make sure every single person in academia has training on how to overcome unconscious bias, how to be open minded and how to avoid and address issues of discrimination. I would change policies to ensure tenure does not mean you can say and do demeaning things to others in academia.

Who has inspired you the most in your journey to where you are now?
I am my own inspiration. I do what I love and that is what is most important even if it means overcoming barriers that have yet to be accepted by the academic community (hence the pseudonym).

Let’s end on a high note! What’s something you’ve done this week that you’re proud of?
I am proud of the fact that I am able to remain self-motivated even in the face of discrimination and unfair admission practices. It is more emotionally challenging than any of my discriminatory experiences in graduate school ever were. Yet I continue to hope my career won’t continue to stall. #EverydayPepTalk


#EverydayAbleism, #NotYetAcceptedinSTEM, #TooFarOutsideTheBox

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