Name: Tiffany Gale
Occupation: Graduate Student (Clinical Epidemiology)
Employer: Memorial University of Newfoundland
Education: M.Sc (Med) (c)
What does your typical workday involve?
A typical workday includes a lot of independent work. It is important to stay on top of the research being published within my field so I like to start every day with some reading. Though a lot of work is done independently, it is important to maintain good communication with your research team for questions and guidance and I always give them progress reports when possible.
What do you most love about your profession? Why did you choose this career?
I love that my research can have an impact on many lives. It is so motivating up everyday knowing that you have a possibility to advance medicine! I chose this career because science is forever changing and you are learning something new everyday. It really keeps me on my toes!
When did you realize you wanted to work in STEM?
I have always been interested in biology and chemistry but I never really knew what other options were available for science-majors besides being a doctor. It wasn't until I was almost finished my undergraduate degree where I took it upon myself to learn about how I could use my degree.
What were your favorite subjects in school?
My favourite subjects in school was always English and Biology. A good teacher can really go a long way in helping you realize your potential.
What advice would you give girls, who are still in school, who might be considering a career like yours?
Don't be scared when you feel unsure of your future plan and don't compare yourself to others! Just stick to what you love and the end-result will always be positive.
Why do we need more women in skilled trades and STEM?
Women really diversify the workplace. Being a female in a male-dominated field adds new perspectives on ideas that may not have been considered before. Women who choose careers where they're surrounded by men are more passionate because they have been questioned many times about why they do what they do.
Who was your role model? What about this person inspires you?
The numerous academic professionals on my research team really inspire me. My research team is composed of mostly females that specialize in everything from human kinetics and psychology to obesity and fertility. Since the moment I was introduced to everyone on my team, they have been supportive and they love to hear my ideas.
What do you do for fun? What are some of your hobbies/activities?
In my spare time I love hiking the beautiful rocky coast. Spending time with my family in rural Newfoundland is something that I consider essential and I try to do it as much as possible. I am also an executive of MUN WHO, where we organize an annual conference to debate world health policies, its a lot of fun!
What superhero do you relate to most? Why?
I relate to Wonder Woman the most. I feel like education has given me the power of confidence and the ability to share my opinions and challenge ideas and norms. Wonder Woman was not afraid to venture into a world of men to help man-kind and I think more people should feel that way.
Everyone, no matter their race, gender or beliefs should not be afraid to challenge social norms and voice their opinions! It truly is a superpower!
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