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Women of Color in STEM: The College Student Edition

Updated: Mar 8, 2021

The Careers Evolve with Monique C. Johnson Podcast has launched and is available on all major podcast platforms. You can access it on Apple Podcasts Here. Stop by to listen in and subscribe.

The podcast is the realization of a goal that I've pondered off and on for a few years. I enjoy engaging with people and value the opportunity to encourage and learn from others. The podcast is a great way to add value and spotlight some phenomenal women of all ages and backgrounds.

This episode is titled, Women of Color in STEM: The College Student Edition. Join Dr. Monique and her special guests Nia Johnson, Julian Roberts, and Kamila Thompson as they discuss their experiences as Women of Color in STEM. It's an authentic, honest, heartfelt discussion.

Nia Johnson is a 4th-year chemical engineering major at Ohio State University. She is the current treasurer of OSU's chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) and has been involved in the organization throughout her years at the university. She has also interned with a large international company for two summers now. She plans to work in corporate America for a few years and pursue an advanced degree.

Julian Roberts is a recent graduate (December 2020) of Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. During her time at OSU, she was a pre-med student. She gained research experience through three years of lab/fieldwork on different ant species working under Dr. Rachelle Adams in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology Department at OSU. Through her research lab, she was able to travel to Gamboa, Panama to do fieldwork investigating ant behavior with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Program. She will be pursuing a graduate degree in Nursing at NYU.

Kamila is a 4th year Electrical Engineering student with a Biomedical Engineering minor. She currently serves as the President of the Ohio State chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) working to aid in the success of both current and future black students. Kamila also is an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Electronic Materials and Nanostructures Lab under Dr. Leonard Brillson, and works with Dr. Kevin Passino to develop a course in the ECE Department titled "Antiracist Technology." Her plans are to enter a Ph.D. program upon graduation focusing on Bionanotechnology.

I appreciate these young women and their desire to inspire, encourage and share their stories. They are talented in their own right and their future is bright.

Listen to this episode HERE.

Stay tuned for more great discussions focused on women and women of color.

All voices will be showcased on the podcast from the college student to the C-suite. Be sure to subscribe to Careers Evolve.

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