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The "Parasite Ladies" are grad students in the Odum School of Ecology at the University o

The Parasite Ladies, three graduate students in ecology

Second-place winners, "The Parasite Ladies"--Dara Satterfield (lead), Sara Heisel and Sarah Budischak--are graduate students in the Odum School of Ecology at the University of Georgia. They regularly meet over dinner to talk about parasite ecology, research ideas, or recent papers in their field. Their proposal--Retaining Women in STEM Careers: Graduate Students as the Building Blocks of Change--offers three improvements to graduate education to help retain and advance women in STEM fields: (1) preparing graduate students to overcome career obstacles through mentorship and dialogues about career decisions and work-life balance; (2) targeting the subtle biases and stereotypes that hinder the advancement of women; and (3) empowering graduate students to improve universities and STEM workplaces to be more flexible and equitable. Their proposed ideas will fill a gap in current women-in-science initiatives by targeting graduate students as they progress through their graduate education and begin making career decisions.

Credit: Dara Satterfield

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