Wall of WISdom

Looking for inspiration on your STEM journey? Check out this helpful advice from AWIS members. If you have additional lessons learned or words of encouragement you’d like to share, complete the member spotlight questionnaire.

Dr. Carlotta Maria Arthur

On Perfectionism

 

Dr. Carlotta Maria Arthur

Member Since 2012

“It doesn’t have to be perfect, it just has to be done!” Like many women, I struggle with perfectionism which has resulted from having to “prove it again” or to be accepted in spite of my accomplishments. One of my dissertation committee members told me this, and I have never forgotten it.

Dr. Page S. Morahan

On Saying No

 

Dr. Page S. Morahan

Member Since 1994

*Passion thermometer: say yes to opportunities in your passion area; say no to those not; say no to those in the middle so you will have time and energy when the high passion opportunities arise. And also learn how to say no gracefully.

Nicollette Laroco

On Asking for Help

 

Nicollette Laroco

Member Since 2021

Ask for help. There is the clique in American culture that you achieve your goals based on your own merit and work you put into it. That is not entirely true, we are as strong as the team we surround ourselves in. We work stronger in collaboration and as a unified system than that an individual unit.

Dr. Helga Van Miegroet

On Asking Questions

 

Dr. Helga Van Miegroet

Member Since 2009

Define your values and what you believe in and then live by these principles. Even if others tell you that you are not good enough or should not try, never stop believing in yourself and what you can contribute. Never doubt what you are capable of.

Dr. Kathryn Oliver

On Burning Bridges

 

Dr. Kathryn Oliver

Member Since 2017

Never burn a bridge. Science is small, and you never know who you may need to collaborate with in the future. In the biomedical sciences, our end goal should be to improve the quality and quantity of life for people suffering from disease. Put aside any personal agenda(s) and work towards the common good for all.

Dr. Njwen Anyangwe

On Not Quitting

 

Dr. Njwen Anyangwe

Member Since 2012

Don’t ever quit! When you fail, analyze the problem, take responsibility, make corrections, and remember that each failure is a learning experience that will bring you closer to success.

Lydia Villa Komaroff

On Trying

 

Dr. Lydia Villa Komaroff

Member Since 1999

If you don’t ask or don’t try, you will never succeed.

Kirsten E Overdahl

On Patience

 

Kirsten E Overdahl

Member Since 2018

Be patient with yourself – you have a right to be here.

Dr. Monica Gonzalez Ramirez

On Speaking Up

 

Dr. Monica Gonzalez Ramirez

Member Since 2021

Advocate for yourself.

Line Stigen Raquet

On Obstacles

 

Line Stigen Raquet

Member Since 2021

Just keep going. Whatever obstacles are thrown your way, there is always a way forward and the most important thing is to have the courage to go on.

Joyner Eke

On Saying No

 

Joyner Eke

Member Since 2021

Never say NO to yourself, let other people say NO. Most times the only thing stopping you is your mind.

Rebecca Learned

On Taking a Chance

 

Rebecca Learned

Member Since 2020

You can’t always wait until all your ducks are in a row; sometimes you have to take a chance and jump on an opportunity as it happens. 

Gabi Steinbach

On Life

 

Gabi Steinbach

Member Since 2021

Life is not a competition for resources. Life is an experience to be had and shared with others. You are not here to be productive but to be you.

Dr. Sherrie Pietranico-Cole

On Dreams

 

Dr. Sherrie Pietranico-Cole

Member Since 2014

Never give up on your dreams, and surround yourself with managers who envision that you can achieve those dreams.

Dr. Moriah Rene Beck

On Asking Questions

 

Dr. Moriah Rene Beck

Member Since 2003

It doesn’t hurt to ask. You may be asking for permission to do something unexpected or outside the “rules” set forth. It might be a question no one else has thought to ask.

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