On May 21, the MFS Women in STEM club hosted a dinner and “speed-meeting” event with five alumnae currently working in STEM fields. The MFS graduates met with club members as well as other students and community members to tell their stories about, and provide advice on, the pursuit of careers in the industry. The alumnae guests included: Rebecca Cope ’07, Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Research Scientist at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III; Kari Myers, Ph.D. ’00, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at National Institute of General Medical Sciences; Rebecca Salowe ’09, Project Manager & Scientific Writer at The Scheie Eye Institute; Adrienne Saludades ’11, Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania; and Blair Dickinson Schroeder ’00, Pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
Hannah Jin ’20, an MFS Women in STEM club leader, noted that this event was inspired by a Hidden Figures panel hosted by the school’s Math Department earlier in the year. When creating this event, the club wanted to channel the alumnae aspect of the previous panel, while giving students a more interactive experience with each of the guest speakers. As a result, they determined that a “speed-meeting” format would give the students the most opportunity to hear advice from, and pose questions to, each of the alumna, who are fellow MFS women in STEM.
About the Panelists:
Rebecca Cope ’07
Rebecca is currently an ORISE Research Scientist at U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region III. She attended Connecticut College and received a B.A. in biological sciences. She then went on to obtain her M.S. in coastal environmental management from Duke University.
Kari Myers, Ph.D. ’00
Kari is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences, as well as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Prior to receiving her Ph.D. in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University, she attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with a B.A. in both biology and religious studies.
Rebecca Salowe ’09
Rebecca is a Project Manager and Scientific Writer at the Scheie Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA. She received both a B.E. and an M.S. in biomedical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania.
Adrienne Saludades ’11
Adrienne is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Smith College in 2015 with a B.S. in engineering.
Blair Dickinson Schroeder ’00
Blair is a Pediatrician at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. Her educational background includes a B.S. from Dartmouth College, an M.S. from Georgetown University, and an M.D. from Drexel University College of Medicine.