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Women In Science

How To Celebrate International Women & Girls in Science Day

For the last month, we’ve been building up to Feb 11th International Women & Girls in Science Day, we have been connecting with some amazing Women in Science. When girls are able to not only imagine, but literally see others like themselves in a STEM career and are encouraged, we know they are more likely to pursue and stick with STEM subjects in school.  That’s why here at Raising Nerd, we wanted to share stories of REAL women in Science. From failures, to perseverance, to bravery…these women are truly inspirational and are helping pave the way for future … READ MORE


How 3M Uses Childlike Wonder and Curiosity To Drive Sustainability

Nerd Profile: 3M Sustainability Director Maureen Tholen


“I think I love engineering because it’s inherently problem solving.”


When 3M tells you – an upstart STEM blogger – that they “love what you are doing to help inspire a future generation of Nerds like us,” you are not only flattered, but you also feel compelled to find out… why, exactly?

Last fall, the innovative giant formerly known as the Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company reached out to Raising Nerd to raise awareness for its long-standing commitment to building a culture of sustainability, wonder, and purpose-driven business. As part of … READ MORE

Women In Science

A Love for Science Pushed Her to Pursue Molecular Microbiology

Molecular Microbiology

Raising Nerd’s Women In Science

Amanda Jamieson
Assistant Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Brown University


Follow your passion, and don’t always stick with the easiest route.”


What advice would you give to girls interested in pursuing Molecular Microbiology and how did you get into Molecular Microbiology?

You should focus on what you are interested in, not necessarily what is easiest for you. Science and math were never my best or easiest subjects. I always found them challenging, but enjoyable. I remember when I was pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley I ran … READ MORE

Women In Science

Meet the Spinal Surgeon That Has Advice For Girls Interested in Medicine

Spinal Surgeon


Raising Nerd’s Women In Science



Jessica Aidlen
Associate Chief of Spine Surgery, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Tufts University School of Medicine


“….there are hidden opportunities in every interaction.  People will tell you that you cannot do it…you can!”


Dr. Jessica Aidlen is an orthopedic spine surgeon who is trailblazing the way for other women surgeons. In addition to being a role model for future women in medicine, she also teaches orthopedic residents and spine surgeon fellows sharing her expertise and experience with the next generation of surgeons. A top recommended and rated … READ MORE

Women In Science

NASA’s Next Generation Engineer and How STEM Gave Her A Career


Raising Nerd’s Women In Science

Leah Tinberg
Mechanical Engineer I
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory


“I feel indebted to each and every woman who came before me in this field, and hope that my presence in it can help ease the way for the young women who come after me. It’s a group effort!”



What advice would you give to girls interested in pursuing your specific field?

The biggest piece of advice I can offer is to actively feed your curiosity. If there is anything at all that interests you about science, engineering, or the applications of … READ MORE

Women In Science

Astronaut Jeanette Epps Blazes a Trail for Girls-of-Color in STEM

Jeanette Epps


“The most challenging thing for any student is believing in themselves. I was no different.”




In November 2016, 20th Century Fox’s promotion for the premiere of Hidden Figures was well underway. More than 54 years after John Glenn became the first American to safely reach and return from orbiting the Earth, Hidden Figures finally told the amazing, true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, the African-American mathematicians who played pivotal roles in that and many more NASA missions that helped the United States win the race to … READ MORE