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2021 Women in STEM Scholarship Spotlight: Adi O.

Avomeen is committed to supporting and helping to inspire the next generation of scientists and leaders in STEM. We’re privileged to have the opportunity to help ease some of the financial stress that comes with higher education. Our Women in STEM and Minorities in STEM Scholarship Program allows us to support undergraduates who are on their way to doing incredible things in STEM fields of study. In 2021, we were able to expand the annual scholarship program to offer additional scholarships to 2 amazing students, one who applied for Avomeen’s Women in STEM scholarship, and another who applied for Avomeen’s Minorities in STEM scholarship.  Today, we’re getting to know Adi O., one of the the recipients of Avomeen’s 2021 Women in STEM Scholarship.

You’re planning to study biomedical science/medicine, and are passionate about reproductive health, and in particular, using public health as a platform to tackle larger-scale issues including female education around the world, body literacy, and access to menstrual hygiene products. Did you consider any other professions or fields of study before narrowing down your options to a reproductive medicine researcher or OB-GYN?

Definitely, and to be honest I’m still considering other options today! I love many aspects of STEM, so I don’t want to limit my possibilities just yet – I’m extremely interested in neuroscience and psychology, as well as mathematics. The field of reproductive medicine has currently captured my heart, but I’m always open to broaden my interests and add new perspectives in the future.

Who and/or what has influenced your career path?

My family has played a significant role in influencing my career path. My parents always encouraged me to explore my STEM interests and challenge myself, which allowed me to develop my multitude of interests in the sciences and math. I also love connecting with my community – a lot of my time in high school was spent doing volunteer work, and I knew that I wanted to carry this on in the future by choosing a career that helps others. Medicine is the perfect mix of both of my interests: innovative science and helping the community around me.

We understand that you’ve founded Project Period, a club focused on eliminating period stigma and poverty through promoting education, serving the community, and advocating for equitable policies. Can you tell us more about Project Period?

Project Period is a school-based club that I cofounded in my sophomore year of high school. Our original goal was simply to provide free menstrual products in our school’s bathrooms. However, after learning about the global impact of menstrual injustice we decided that we could do so much more. To date, we have donated over 12,000 menstrual products, have taught dozens of free workshops (both online and in-person), and have created an amazing community of stigma-breaking menstruators. Project Period has been an integral part to developing my career interests, and I am so grateful for the amazing people I have met through my work.

What are your plans after you graduate?

I plan to attend the University of Chicago to study neuroscience and math! I’m hoping to go to medical school afterwards, but I guess we’ll have to see how things go 🙂

Science is fun! We’re big fans of science and STEM jokes. Do you have a favorite joke you’d like to share?

Well I would tell you a good science joke… but all the good ones Argon 🙂

 

Adi is in good company! Get to know the other 2021 STEM scholarship recipients:

Shagun S., Minorities in STEM

Lillian H., Women in STEM

Ashlyn E., Minorities in STEM