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RIPE Women's History Month Recap

Throughout March, RIPE celebrated Women’s History Month by getting to know the history of some of our women researchers. Their journeys, accomplishments, and advice to other women in STEM were captured in a series of features promoted on our website and social media platforms. If you missed a profile, or want to read one again, all the features can be found below!

Elizabete Carmo-SilvaElizabete Carmo-Silva in her lab

“She dreamt that I could study as much as I wanted and have a different future,” Elizabete Carmo-Silva said, speaking of her mother. Carmo-Silva's path to becoming a professor at Lancaster University was influenced by her mother's sacrifice, and she feels incredibly lucky to have her family to inspire and support her.


Amanda Cavanagh in her lab.Amanda Cavanagh

“Empowered” is the word Amanda Cavanagh used to describe how it feels to be a woman in STEM. She also shared her inspirations, proudest moments, and advice to other women in the first feature of our Women’s History Month series celebrating RIPE’s women researchers.


Larissa Larocca de SouzaLarissa Larocca de Souza outside the Institute for Genomic Biology at Illinois.

Larissa believes that to be successful in a STEM career you must be endlessly curious and work with people who inspire and challenge you. She encourages girls and women wanting to get involved in STEM to seek out mentors who can share their experiences and show what women can achieve in the sciences.


Christine RainesChristine Raines

Christine Raines always knew she would be involved in STEM, but didn't have many women scientist role models to look up to. She created her own path and is working to inspire others to do the same. Read more about Christine’s efforts to create equity in STEM in her Women’s History Month feature.


Shellie WallShellie Wall in her graduation regalia

Shellie Wall’s path to RIPE has been different than most. Returning to academia at the age of 29 to continue her studies, she is proof that at any point in life, one can aspire to progress, achieve their goals, and excel!


Yu Wang and a colleague in a lab space.Yu Wang

“Follow your heart and share your knowledge" has been Yu Wang's motto throughout her career.

She wants to share this message with other women and girls interested in STEM and offers her advice in her women’s history month profile.




These features were developed and written by Emily Campos, RIPE Science Communications Intern.