Dr. Adriana Bankston
Editor at American Journal Experts
Junior Member since 2014
“Having an AWIS support system has been extremely important to me as I navigate what it means to be a woman and leader in science.”
What do you think is the most important attribute that enables a woman to successfully lead a community that supports
women in STEM?
Empathy is the most important attribute that enables a woman to successfully lead a community that supports other women in STEM. We have all been through more or less the same types of experiences, and I think having a common base of issues makes us all more relatable to each other. A leader of women in STEM would be aware of these issues and be able to discuss the issues with her group and try to come up with solutions together.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why?
I am passionate about science and biomedical training, and I aspire toward a career that combines both. Performing high-quality science is vital to advancing a scientific field, but also for the sustainability of the scientific enterprise. Graduate students and postdocs need to be trained in performing high-quality, ethical science by their peers and advisors. Moreover, scientists (including women scientists) also need to be educated about resources, including career development resources, available to improve their training. Finally, advocating for and communicating to the public about what scientists (including female scientists) do is crucial to the existence of this enterprise. Throughout my career, I hope to improve the training of young biomedical scientists by advocating for and communicating on their behalf, while providing them with the resources to achieve their desired career goals.
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
Since becoming an active AWIS member, I have found a very warm and welcoming environment. Having an AWIS support system has been extremely important to me as I navigate what it means to be a woman and leader in science. Professionally, seeing women in STEM as leaders within AWIS provides strong role models to follow, both as scientists and also as resources who can discuss issues impacting women in science. I hope to use my new position in the Kentucky Affiliate Group to, in turn, inspire and lead young female scientists to make their voices heard on these issues while creating a local support system in Kentucky.