Mary Richardson-Slipper

Physics student, University of Manchester

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No matter what imposter syndrome might tell you, you are good enough, and you can do it!

What do you do?

I am currently studying many aspects of physics in the hope to one day become a researcher!

Why did you choose this field?

My physics teacher was very inspiring, and taught me about interesting particle physics! Reading about particle physics really made me want to find out more and maybe discover something new myself!

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

When I was at sixth form college I received the award for outstanding contribution in physics. When I was younger I didn’t know studying physics was something I could do, I didn’t know that learning about and doing science was a job I could do!

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love learning something new every day and being able to inspire young people as part of my outreach work with the university!

Best advice for next generation?

No matter what imposter syndrome might tell you, you ARE good enough, and you CAN do it! Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“Don't let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity. It's your place in the world; it's your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live.” - Mae Jemison, first African American woman astronaut in space

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