The Social Scientist

Providing the community to direct your STEM interests

How it Works

The Hard Truths

about the STEM Fields

  • Fields in STEM, particularly in science, are very segregated, making it troublesome to identify the best career path that fits your interests

  • Networking is challenging and can be impersonal 

  • It is difficult to perceive the work atmosphere within a field or further department/sectors

  • Many of us lack supportive and constructive mentorship

  1. Take a look at our awesome STEM professionals on our Meet the Scientists page.

  2. When you have found someone you are interested in contacting, send them a message on their Bio Page.

  3. You will be contacted to set up a time for your informal talk (phone/chat platform or email conversation).

  4. Ask the questions that will be beneficial for your interests, including:

    • ​Their position

    • Route they took to their position

    • Their general field

    • Atmosphere

    • Surrounding area

    • Any specific questions regarding your interest

Find Mentorship from

our STEM Professionals

 

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Inspiration for this Initiative

Hi! My name is Danielle and I'm the creator of The Social Scientist. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the neuroscience field. The idea for this initiative started when I was at my first conference as a postdoc and struggled to make any lasting contacts. Every career development event I have attended has emphasized the necessity to build up a network and how we need to spark a conversation with a stranger or cold call a possible mentor, which is not only time consuming but largely ineffective. What our fields are missing is a community; people willing to give an honest view of their career and what it took for them to get there. Many of the questions we have can really only be answered by people whom have gone through the process before.

We are here to help you navigate the STEM fields, supporting everyone from high school students to associate professors. Regardless of where you are in your career, we strive to provide an engaging community from our amazing group of volunteers.

 

The goals for this initiative are:

  • To support all generations passionate about science 

  • To provide contacts in various STEM positions that are readily available and willing to speak on their experiences

  • To create an engaging yet open atmosphere

  • Contacts through the program would be volunteering their time to aid others and improve the community

 

 
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The Social Scientist     2018

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