Gina Marie Semprebon

Professor of Biology and Founding Director of the Center of Excellence for Women in STEM at Bay Path University

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Connect yourselves early on with a female STEM mentor.

What do you do?

I teach at a women's university and spend my days trying to attract, empower and retain young women in STEM fields.

Why did you choose this field?

I was fortunate enough to have a high school science teacher who believed in me and helped build my confidence toward pursuing a STEM career. I also had parents who gave me microscopes and took me to natural history museums to encourage my love of dinosaurs. Today I am a paleontologist and I have invented a new method to predict the diet of ancient animals using a microscope.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I wish that I had had the confidence to pursue a Ph.D. sooner. I also wish I knew sooner how important it was to network and get female mentors in STEM early on.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love working in STEM because it is an ever-changing and dynamic field rich with endless possibilities. When I wake up, I look forward to thinking about my next research question and how I will go about testing it. I also think about how I can enrich my students so they can love STEM as much as I do.

Best advice for next generation?

Connect yourselves early on with a female STEM mentor and don't be afraid to reach out to someone you admire in a STEM field and advocate for yourself so you can get the guidance you need to persist in STEM despite the unique challenges that women often face.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.

NOMINATE a woman in STEM

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