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Sophie Huiberts

Sophie Huiberts

The best part about being a researcher in mathematics is the fact that I am sometimes the first person who finds the solution to a particular problem, the first person ever to know a particular fact. This is a very special experience, and I can be happy about it for weeks. ..
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Qiaoqiao Ding

Qiaoqiao Ding

I think I can say that maths is my job and my life…
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Lakshmi Chandrasekaran

Lakshmi Chandrasekaran

(…) I was happier communicating science than doing the science myself. I decided to switch gears and pursue a career in science communication…
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Bernadette Spieler

Bernadette Spieler

(…) It is essential to dispel misconceptions that computer science is “not creative” or “too difficult.”..
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Amanda Minter

Amanda Minter

I decided to leave academia to set up the social enterprise I run now. I aim to create accessible training opportunities for learners in the Global South…
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Nancy Reid

Nancy Reid

I was very fortunate to have very helpful mentors at every stage in my career, for which I am still grateful. I’ve tried to “pay it forward” by being encouraging to students and young faculty. When younger colleagues starting families ask me for advice, I always say “Accept as much help as you are offered, and buy as much help as you can afford…
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Pêdra Andrade

Pêdra Andrade

The challenges inspire me and arise my curiosity. This is the feeling that moves me to overcome the difficulties that appear to me as a mathematician…
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Maurine Atieno Songa

Maurine Atieno Songa

A narrative was pushed that mathematics was meant for boys, and that girls who loved it were to be feared. But the love, passion, and the escape that mathematics provided, together with the pressure and encouragement from the teachers, was enough to help me push through…
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Karrie Liu

Karrie Liu

With skill-based volunteering I lead tech and maths projects engaging with the public and different charity organisations…
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Susan Okereke

Susan Okereke

Maths is so much more than the final correct answer, it is about seeing patterns, making connections and solving problems, which is an emotional and collaborative process and can be a lot of fun…
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Claudia Garetto

Claudia Garetto

It has been extremely important for me to see women do the job I am doing now. Unfortunately [it is] still common to have almost no women professors in many maths departments…
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Shanti Venetiaan

Shanti Venetiaan

One of the main difficulties we are facing is the lack of expertise: I am the only person with a PhD in mathematics in the country…
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Evi Papadaki

Evi Papadaki

For me mathematics [..] was a process of discovery inside and outside of the classroom and I wanted to study if there was a way to spark the curiosity of my students beyond the boundaries of a curriculum or programme of study…
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Rachel Thomas

Rachel Thomas

A new community spirit seems to be rising in many mathematics departments, heavily influenced by the experience and hard work of the female researchers already there…
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Laura Venieri

Laura Venieri

The years of PhD were both the most rewarding and challenging in my life so far: there were moments of discomfort when I thought I was not good enough for it and not as brilliant as the other researchers, and moments of deep satisfaction when I realised that I could instead contribute to maths…
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Federica Semeraro

Federica Semeraro

The aspect that caught my attention was that you could develop the software, test it on the specific machine it is designed for during the commissioning phase in the factory, and then travel to the customers’ company for installation, thus being part of the entire development and installation process…
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Constanza Rojas-Molina

Constanza Rojas-Molina

Academia is tough, it’s elitist, it’s traditionalist, it’s conservative, it’s a lonely place and can lead to a lot of frustration when one does not entirely fit…
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Karem Guzmán Elgueta

Karem Guzmán Elgueta

I decided to go back to university to pursue a Master’s degree in statistics! I was fascinated by the subjects associated with models and their theories, so today I am a lover of statistics…
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Sanchita Chakraborty

Sanchita Chakraborty

The world had long moved away from the old man in the candle-lit room, but the representation of women in the field was grossly underdeveloped. I had role-models such as Katherine Johnson to look up to, but she remained merely a model, not an individual I could tangibly connect to…
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Elena Tartaglia

Elena Tartaglia

I love that even after this career change, I can still use my mathematical thinking to break problems down into their essential ingredients and solve them step by step…
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