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The Intersection of Beauty and STEM for Black Women

By Jasmine Johnson What if I told you that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) industry and the beauty industry aren’t too different from each other? Both are billion dollar industries, both are on the spectra integral to everyday living, and both deal with a diversity issue towards women of color. While this isn’t […]

I didn’t Choose the STEM life — the STEM Life Chose Me: How I Fell into Being a Cosmetic Chemist

“I couldn’t get away from the idea that being a scientist was an actual thing.” ~ Jasmine Johnson By Jasmine Johnson Remember why you started. Often times when you’re enduring a journey that seems tough, remember why you started is the mantra that comes to mind. At this point in my journey, remembering why I started isn’t important […]

Contending with the Double Consciousness of Being a Young Professional in STEM and a WoC in STEM

“It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.” ~ W.E.B Du Bois  By Jasmine Johnson A week has passed and I am finally beginning to settle into being […]

STEM and Career: My First Day as a Cosmetic Chemist

 You have to do the work to become what you want to be. It may not be easy but, as with everything, it’s a process. By Jasmine Johnson “The biggest adventure that you can have is to live the life of your dreams.” ~ Oprah This quote has been my mantra  and a reminder of […]

Bravery: How Seeking My Own Mentor Made Me Realize the Power of Paying it Forward

“If you’re looking for a mentor, being brave enough to put yourself out there to find someone who can help professionally can literally change your life.” By Jasmine Johnson A part of me being where I am today had to do with being brave enough to search for community. While the idea of having a support […]

Job Hunting: Insights on Finding Work in STEM

“Taking a gap year was critical for not only my mental health, but also for me to determine the path I wanted to take in my STEM career.” ~ Jasmine Johnson By Jasmine Johnson As a senior in college, figuring out the next step can feel like an additional course in itself. As a Chemistry major, I felt I needed to take […]

STEM in the White House: How the United State of Women Summit Reminded Us of the Importance of Confidence and Representation

” At the rate that we’re going, we will be on Mars before 50 percent of girls in high school are in AP computer science courses.” ~ Dava Newman By Jasmine Johnson The White House hosted its inaugural Women Summit: The United State of Women in Washington D.C with more than 5,000 in attendance. This event […]

What now? Embracing the Post-grad Life

By Jasmine Johnson By the time I hit the two-week mark of being a STEM-degree alumna (huge shout out to the class of 2016!), I realized the fairytale of graduation weekend was over and the real world everyone warned me about had finally arrived. I recall that I was mid-smile, rejoicing over the fact that […]

An Open Letter to the Class of 2016’s Black Women in STEM

By Jasmine Johnson Dear Class of 2016, As I end my undergraduate career, I can’t help but reflect on one of my favorite lyrics from Beyoncé: There’s not a real way to live this Just remember to stay relentless Don’t stop running until it’s finished It’s up to you; the rest is unwritten The journey […]