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Dr. Bertolaet shares career advice with students in Amherst College's Science Incubator Program

Updated: Oct 20, 2020

Science Club for Girls' Executive Director, Bonnie Bertolaet, recently presented to a group of students and faculty at her alma mater, Amherst College, about her career trajectory and nonprofit work in STEM education. Students who participated in the virtual seminar are rising sophomores in the college's Science Incubator Program, which provides supplemental training to students interested in careers in natural and physical sciences—particularly students who identify with groups historically underrepresented in STEM.

“I am so proud to be a part of the Amherst community, which is a true leader in promoting a more diverse and equitable community in academia, including in STEM. Kudos to you all!” shared Dr. Bertolaet.

During the talk, Dr. Bertolaet shared her STEM journey—from majoring in Chemistry at Amherst and earning her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Harvard University, to postdoctoral fellowships and working in biotech, and, ultimately, transitioning to STEM education—and demonstrated how a successful career can evolve from a variety of paths, an inspiring message for many students, especially in the midst of COVID-19 and its impact on the job market.

"Use any opportunity that you can to hone your communication skills. Writing and public speaking are skills you use in any field!" was one bit of advice Dr. Bertolaet shared with the group.

Since the seminar in June, several Amherst students have become involved with SCFG, including Isabelle Caban, an aspiring geologist who made a guest appearance on our #SCFGLive live science show last week. Isabelle is a member of GUAC, Geologists Underrepresented at Amherst College. We are thrilled that Isabelle and her peers have felt inspired to join SCFG and excited to welcome them to our community!

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