First a disclaimer:
I'm not a biologist. I'm a computer scientist (MS-CS) who reads the
the bionet groups because my company develops software which will be
marketed to biologists. I read this group because I like to read
about issues that relate to women in science.
Computer science is a field which is certainly male-dominated, yet I rarely
feel that it is exclusive. In graduate school, there were 2 women and
about 6 men in my program. Both women had graduated, gone to work in
industry for a few years, and returned (to the same school). All of the
men had just completed their bachelor degrees. Of the faculty that were
there at the time, 5 were men and 2 were women. I never felt that any
of the professors discriminated against either of us. If anything, I
always felt that our ideas were particularly respected because of our
To be complete, I should mention that the professor who was my advisor is
a woman. I asked her to be my advisor because no one at that university
was doing research in what I wanted to do (parallel object-oriented
programming), and I wanted my research to have a software-engineering bent
(her field). It also helped that she didn't mind that I wanted to direct
my own research. She was on sabbatical during my last year of graduate
school, so self-direction was quite necessary.
In article <2i9jbi$l8g at apakabar.cc.columbia.edu> ahk8 at bonjour.cc.columbia.edu (Amanda H Kahn) writes:
>I want to be a scientist rather than a doctor ...,
>but do I really want to spend my time fighting
>against a male-dominated, exclusive system.
Don't assume that you will have to *fight* against a male-dominated,
exclusive system. It may be male dominated, but don't necessarily let
that convince you that things will be rough-going. It isn't always so.
And even in the cases where I *did* feel like I was being treated
differently because I am a woman, I have never questioned that this is
the work that I want to do. If you can say the same thing, then don't
Dianne Marsh (dianne at cbi.com)
Computational Biosciences, Inc.
P.O. Box 2090
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106