Undergraduate women empowering women in computational chemistry: three perspectives
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AbstractThe undergraduate computational chemistry research group headed by Mauricio Cafiero at Rhodes College has a history of including, promoting, and supporting women in this predominantly male field. Alums of this research group from 2004 to 2019 include nine M.Ds, two science researchers, two Ph.D.s, one secondary teacher, two pharmacists, a physical therapist, two nurses, six current medical school students, and five current science graduate students. They have produced 18 peer‐reviewed publications with female undergraduate first authors and over 100 conference presentations, including 9 international conference presentations. While Professor Cafiero does all he can to support these students, he attributes the continuous success of the group in recruiting, retaining, and supporting these women to the students themselves. The students' success and visibility on campus helps to recruit new students. The heavy presence of women in this group provides a strong support system for women who may otherwise feel isolated in a male‐dominated field; and these support groups provide models and support for women to overcome common obstacles that women in science face. We will profile three recent graduates who will discuss how the above points affected them during their time in the research group and discuss their experience in the context of some literature on women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
CitationEvans, R., Perchik, M., Magee, C. and Cafiero, M. (2020) Undergraduate women empowering women in computational chemistry: three perspectives, International Journal of Quantum Chemistry 120 (20), Article Number e26354. https://doi.org/10.1002/qua.26354
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
DescriptionThis is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Wiley in International Journal of Quantum Chemistry on 25/06/2020, available online: https://doi.org/10.1002/qua.26354 The accepted version of the publication may differ from the final published version.
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