Meet 2017 recipient Jasmine Stone. Taking classes outside of STEM helps keep her STEM aspirations in focus and keeps the other parts of my brain engaged. Learn more about her path!
What do you like best about your university’s STEM programs?
Yale has many good computer science, math, and physics classes that I have taken advantage of but it also has many wonderful liberal arts classes. Yale's computer science degree requirements have allowed me to explore outside of STEM as well so that I can keep my class schedule balanced. While completing the core computer science requirements I have taken many classes in other disciplines.
This semester I took an introductory philosophy class called "Death", where my knowledge of computer science became relevant when robots were used as a key example in our discussion of whether or not humans have souls. Another semester I took a creative nonfiction class where I wrote creative personal essays and took time to self-reflect.
Taking these other classes helps me keep my STEM aspirations in focus and keeps the other parts of my brain engaged so I remain engaged in STEM classes.
When you are not studying, what do you like to do for fun?
I play water polo on my school's club team, and play violin in orchestra.
Give us a fun fact about you.
From age 8-18 I was a synchronized swimmer! I helped start Yale's new club synchronized swimming program and am excited to return to synchronized swimming.
Who is your biggest female role model in the STEM field?
My biggest female role model in STEM is not a single person but a community of people -- my role models are the women I have met through the National Center for Women in Technology (NCWIT). Through the NCWIT Facebook group, I find out about opportunities, like this scholarship. I also find out about internship deadlines, and hear about other's issues with discrimination in different companies. I see advice about negotiating with companies and how to overcome hurdles. This group of women has been invaluable to me and my STEM career and development
What is your favorite flavor ice cream? Pizza topping?
Hmm -- my favorite ice cream used to be mint chocolate chip, but now I really like a good vanilla. It really depends by brand and my mood though. I like to try new things so I don't normally stick to one.
Eggplant is a really under-appreciated pizza topping. I haven't ever had it by itself on a pizza, but combined with onion, mushrooms and other vegetables, it's a delicious addition.