In 15 minutes, Buddhini Samarasinghe and I will be speaking with Dr Inger Mewburn  Inger runs The Thesis Whisperer,…

In 15 minutes, Buddhini Samarasinghe and I will be speaking with Dr Inger Mewburn  Inger runs The Thesis Whisperer, a site dedicated to giving PhD students advice, and she also researches how STEM students navigate academic systems. In a study published earlier this year, Inger and colleagues find gendered patterns in the way postgraduates negotiate their supervisor and administration relationships.  Women are more likely than men to struggle with university bureaucracy. Even filling in progress reports can be fraught with anxiety about how they may be negatively judged. Women are also less likely to report problems with their supervisors, while men find it relatively easy to approach their supervisors for help and support. 

Inger will discuss how these gender differences are linked to institutional processes that prevent women from realising their full potential in STEM. We’ll discuss how we can better support women PhD students navigate the academic system and prevent the so-called leaky pipeline. 

Join us and be sure to post your questions on our event page!

Read Inger’s research here (paywall): http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1360080X.2013.861054#.U7m6nPmSx8E

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Dr Inger Mewburn is the Director of Research Training at the Australian National University (http://goo.gl/sx3ZeE). Her background was in architecture, but she’s specialised in education research since 2006. We will discuss Inger’s research on the gender experiences of PhD students as they negotiate their relationships with their supervisors and administration. She will also discuss her popular blog, The Thesis Whisperer, which provides practical advice for students across STEM fields (http://thesiswhisperer.com/). Inger will share insights for women research students and also tell us about her career, and provide tips for navigating a successful path in academia.

Join us on Sunday 6th July at 2.30 PM Pacific/ 10.30PM UK/ Monday 7th of July 7.30AM Australia EST. This HOA will be hosted by Dr Buddhini Samarasinghe  and Dr Zuleyka Zevallos . The hangout will be available for viewing on our YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/stemwomen) after the event.

Post your questions and comments on our #stemwomen  Event page!

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