PhD, Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Guelph
MSc, Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Metabolism, University of Guelph
BSc, Animal Science, University of Guelph
Dairy Software Specialist, CanWest DHI
When did your love of STEM begin?
Richelle: I would say my love of STEM began when I was probably a little girl, I was very school driven. Hence why I've done graduate schooling. I've been at the University of Guelph for 11 years now. So so as a young girl I love the sciences. I originally was going to be a vet but changed directions and got into the dairy industry.
What did you love most about studying in your field of STEM?
Richelle: What I love about studying STEM is that there is just so many possibilities there is no one answer. I did my Ph.D. in Dairy Cattle Nutrition and Metabolism, and there is no one answer. There are so many different directions and it's just such a wide discipline that you'll always be working on it and you'll find answers but you'll always be driving to discover more.
"My biggest challenge was completing a Ph.D. because it's a lot of hard work, but it's so worth it at the end. I made so many great friends and learned so much both about myself, and about STEM.”
What advice would you give to young women considering a career in STEM?
Richelle: My advice to a young woman considering a career in STEM would be to work hard. Work ethic is a huge thing especially when you get into Sciences, Technology, Engineering ,and Mathematics. It's a lot of hard work, but if you have the drive and you have the desire to you can.