‘I Am A Scientist’ offers students STEM role models

Thursday, July 30, 2020 - 01:20 in Psychology & Sociology

The idea is simple: Students who see themselves in science are more likely to imagine themselves working in the field. To that end, a project called “I Am A Scientist” is giving middle and high school students the opportunity to interact with modern-day researchers — breaking down barriers like race, gender, and personal interests. It provides teachers with toolkits containing stories, posters, and career resources showcasing 22 scientists’ range of personalities, backgrounds, pathways, and passions. Many of those portrayed have Harvard connections. “I think that a lot of us have gone onto Google search images and the first thing that comes up when you search for a scientist is a caricature of an old white man with maybe tufts of white hair on the side and glasses falling off his nose,” said Ayanna Thomas, a Tufts psychologist featured in the project. The spark for the project came in 2016 when Nabiha Saklayen, Ph.D....

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