To celebrate Ada Lovelace Day, we each documented what our lives as women in STEM looked like on Oct 6th, 2015. My day through my eyes is below; not too dissimilar from Anna and Stephanie.
But first I want to reflect on what I like about being a scientist. The cyclic part of science is my favorite part. From my experience thus far I go through phases of science. First, you get to read the literature and come up with questions and hypotheses. Then you plan an experiment which can often take thoughtful logistics. Next, do an experiment or observe your data, taking careful measurements. Experiments can be exhausting but in a nice way because you know this is the part where you generate new data. My favorite part of science is probably analyzing data. While it takes a while and can often be frustrating, when you start understanding your results it’s such a great feeling that you have learned something new that others don’t yet know. Finally, it’s time to write the paper and share what you learned. This process should naturally lead to new questions, a new lit search, and new hypotheses. The reason I like the cycle is that usually by the time I’m getting tired of one phase, it is time to move to the next phase. In that way, it’s never boring; even if my days are spent mostly with a computer.