According to Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, “Stories make us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving”.
It was the Summer of 2014 when Dr. Shohini Ghose, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, asked herself how influential people in science could reach out to inspire one another and the next generation of scientists of the world. Then the idea dawned on her. If stories could indeed stir people to be “more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving”, then what if we could collect stories from all these terrific scientists and share them to inspire everyone else?
Coincidentally, that Summer also saw Dr. Ghose acting as a Chair for the 5th IUPAP International Conference on Women in Physics, hosted by the university. This provided an opportunity for her to discuss the aforementioned idea with two Computer Science and Electronics student volunteers working on the website for the big conference: Anum Khattak and Chronicle Yu.
Thus, the idea came to life and this site was born! After it’s inception, inspirational stories began pouring in from dozens of countries around the world. Top professors, scientists, and researchers were sharing their own unique stories from personal experiences, and we now had a place to share them for all to read! Since then, the compendium has only continued to grow.
Whether you’re a career researcher, an undergrad, or a high school student, our hope is that you will be fired up and spurred on to achieve great things as you read these stories so that one day you too may share your own story to inspire others.
The My STEM Story Team