About STEMculture Podcast

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 want to provide a platform to improve graduate school and STEM culture by demystifying the culture and highlighting stories of perseverance and persistence in STEM. Season 2 releasing now!

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STEMculture Podcast

We are a group of graduate students that want to improve STEM culture by contributing to conversations surrounding all aspects of working in science. It’s no secret that being a graduate student is hard. Graduate school perpetuate the myths of non-existent work-life balance, unrealistic productivity expectations, and brutal politics. We want to share what we have learned in our graduate school careers and expand the conversation beyond ourselves.

We release episodes every 2nd Monday in seasons that coincide with semester timing. We provide show notes and transcripts for 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 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 disablities in STEM, LGBTQ+ in STEM, Black in STEM, Latinx in STEM, intersectional in STEM, international students 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 the show notes, the transcription tab, and our YouTube Channel: STEMculture Podcast. We are always looking for ways to make our episodes and content more accessible; if you have a recommendation, please contact us.

Hosts

Brooke Morris

Brooke Morris

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

Dani Crain

Dani Crain

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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.

Moncie Wright

Moncie Wright

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Doctor Moncie Virginia Wright, God-queen, Empress of the Cosmos. Hoister of heavy things and breaker of the patriarchy. The most caring person to her people whomst she will protect with her life. Paid defender of the environment from contaminants and all of your drivel.

Will Matthaeus

Will Matthaeus

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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 for Season 1.

Zach Winfield

Zach Winfield

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

Season 1 Hosts

Season 1 Hosts


Season 1 hosts were Brooke, Dani, Keighley, Will and Zach! Season one included the culture, work AND life AND balance, and how to publish series. Season 1 also included three episodes in our inSTEM series: Disabilities in STEM, Family in STEM, and Diversity & Inclusion in STEM.