Thu Vo (BA Student)
Why do you think it’s important to highlight the contribution of women and girls to the sciences?
Growing up, one of my favorite childhood books was a comic about Marie Curie, which was what sparked my interest in science. Now, as a health sciences student, I can't help but feel so lucky to be surrounded by so many inspiring women in our faculty – whether it be in my classes, among my friends, or as my professors.
It is incredibly important to talk about the contributions of women and girls in the field of science, because their diverse perspectives add depth to our scientific understanding, and inclusion and diversity are key for moving science forward. Recognizing and celebrating what women and girls do in science isn't just acknowledging their successes—it's also about inspiring the generations that come next.
What advice or message do you have for aspiring scientists?
To aspiring scientists, I would say: Embrace your unique interests and believe in your capabilities. Science is all about understanding different viewpoints, so never underestimate the power of your own perspective. And remember that every setback is a stepping stone toward success. Believe in yourself – you've got this!