Meet Ajani Asokumar

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Ajani Asokumar earned her Honours Bachelor of Science in Biology and Psychology from the University of Toronto, and her Masters of Science in Neuroscience from Carleton University. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Carleton University. In her spare time, she likes to volunteer, bake, try new foods, hike, and spend time with her family.

When did your love of STEM begin?

I've been passionate about STEM for as long as I can remember, but my true love of STEM began in high school. I had a phenomenal science teacher and she encouraged me to pursue my interests in science and research. I used to be quite reserved, but she pushed me to get more involved in STEM-related activities. Then during my undergraduate degree, I took a few neuroscience electives and I knew I had found my calling. I've been hooked every since!

What is the best part about working in the field of STEM?

The pursuit and dissemination of knowledge! As a researcher, I am always seeking answers to important questions in my field. I love that I get to obtain these answers by using innovative and rigorous methods while also collaborating with amazing scientists. It is extremely motivating to know that in finding these answers, I am making a difference.

What advice would you give young women interested in a career in STEM?

Go for it! Volunteer and get involved in STEM organizations. Ask questions or even ask to job shadow individuals in STEM careers that interest you. I've learned that the best way to foster your passion for STEM is by diving right in. It may seem daunting at first but, you won't regret it!

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