About STEMculture Podcast

The STEMculture Podcast is a podcast focused on improving the culture of STEM by taking on topics that affect graduate students, postdocs, early career researchers and more. We are a team of graduate students where we share how we get through grad life while trying to stay healthy and productive, in the hopes that it will improve STEM culture as a whole.

STEMculture Podcast

We are a group of graduate students that want to improve STEM culture by contributing to conversations surrounding the bad, the mundane, and the good parts of working in science. It’s no secret that being a graduate student is hard. The STEM graduate field also carries extra stereotypes of non-existent work-life balance, unrealistic productivity expectations, and brutal politics. We are not immune to these stereotypes, but we have also been fortunate to experience amazing support and mentorship, the joy of discovery, and camaraderie in our academic pursuits. We want to share what we have learned and expand the conversation beyond ourselves.

We started releasing regular episodes every two weeks on Monday in mid-December of 2018. We provide show notes every episode so that you will be able to follow up with the topics covered (click the STEMculture Podcast logo to find the list of episode show notes). After the completion of a series of three (or so) episodes on a specific theme (like teaching, mentoring, outreach, etc) we will have an episode in our secondary, on-going series: “in STEM”. With the “in STEM” series we aim to highlight and collect stories from people in STEM whose stories we don’t often hear. This includes stories from people with disablities in STEM, people who are LGBTQ+ in STEM, people who are Black/Latinx/Asian in STEM, international students in STEM, intersectionality in STEM, and women in STEM (and more!). These episodes will rely on guests - please contact us if you’d like to share your story!

We have links to articles that we have come across that we have found useful in shaping how we think about the culture of STEM: Articles that STEMulate.

For transcribed episodes, check out our YouTube Channel: STEMculture Podcast. Each episode also includes a PDF of the transcription with names and timestamps of the speakers. If there is a way we can make our episodes more accesible, please contact us.

Hosts

Brooke M.

Brooke M.

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Brooke is gonna fuck you up with bioinformatics. Knows more (computer) languages than you.

Dani C.

Dani C.

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Dani is the big bad wolf to tyranny and fairy godmother to grad students. She loves to invade the private lives of cetaceans and sling iron like a boss.

Keighley R.

Keighley R.

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Keighley is a badass bitch and studies metastatic breast cancer. She’s also super into science communication and will organize you under the table.

Will M.

Will M.

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Will is a mathematical biologist and enigma. He enjoys metal and the gym in his time off, and is the creator of our amazing podcast music.

Zach W.

Zach W.

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Zach is super into STEM professional development and into being an online enigma. He also likes Sweet Tea and DND.