Amanda McKee is a junior chemistry major at Millersville University.
“My involvement in the “Women in STEM Program” at Millersville started from an email I received going into my first year of college. They told me that there was a new program starting that would help women become more comfortable being in the STEM community,” says McKee. “As someone who was just starting college, I thought this would be the perfect way to become more comfortable with other women in my field.”
After graduating, McKee hopes to continue her education and work toward achieving her doctorate in hopes of one day becoming a research scientist.
“Hearing other people talk about their passion has made me realize all the different opportunities that are out there,” says McKee. “It is helpful to have a group of STEM women supporting each other and being able to discuss the challenges we could face.”
Elizabeth Rickrode is a junior biology major at Millersville University. Rickrode was alerted to the program before starting her career at Millersville when she received an email letting her know she was eligible to apply for the program. After graduating, Rickrode hopes to become a teacher.
“I aim to be a teacher that students feel they can rely on,” says Rickrode. “I hope to encourage students to want to learn. I hope to inspire students to be interested in science and the way the world works.”
Millersville’s Women in STEM program has provided Rickrode with a community of women to support her journey in a male-dominated industry.
“The program is actually one of the main reasons I chose Millersville as the college I wanted to go to,” says Rickrode. “Women in scientific fields is becoming more common, but there is still a need for women to be encouraged to pursue scientific fields. Having connections with other women creates a strong community and a network of people to rely on even after college.”
Learn more about the Women in STEM program here.