The new leader of 500 Women Scientists on finding community and supporting women of color in STEMM

In the spring of 2019, Lauren Edwards was a graduate student studying neuroscience at Emory University in Atlanta and was running local initiatives to support women of color. As a Black woman in science, she said she often felt mistreated and disrespected.

“I’m someone who experienced quite a bit of exploitation in my doctoral program,” she said. Edwards eventually ended up leaving her program in July 2020 after four years with a Master of Science. 

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