Scientista Presidents' Circle - Meet The President!
Allie Dewsnap, Chemical Engineering, Tufts University
Meet Allie Dewsnap; Scientista - Tufts Chapter/Founder & Co-Director
Tell us about yourself! How did you decide to get involved in your organization? As a freshman, I was really eager to start getting involved with some of the groups on campus. Early in the year Julia and Christina visited my Intro to Chemical Engineering class and spoke about their plans for expanding Scientista. I was really excited by the opportunity, and decided to start up the Tufts branch of Scientista. We are still in the early stages, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun and make a huge difference on campus!
What is your favorite organization event? We haven’t done any events yet! I’ll get back to you J
When you are not being a Scientista, you are most likely… At the gym, reading, listening to music, messing around on piano and guitar, spending time with friends
Which woman in science inspires you the most? Jane Goodall. It is inspiring how passionate she is about animal behavior. She is so graceful and beautiful, a perfect representative of what women have to offer to the field of science: compassion and tender-heartedness. It is so important that as scientists we use our intelligence to do good for the world that we live in, and Jane Goodall completely embraces that in all of her work.
Why do you think organizations such as yours and the Scientista Foundation are important? It is so important to have resources like this for young women studying STEM who might feel discouraged or disadvantaged. In high school I definitely felt like boys dominated my upper-level math and science courses. In fact, my senior year I took AP Computer Science and was the only girl in the class! It was very intimidating. Not to brag or anything, but my teacher told me I did the best in the class – which just goes to show how much girls might underestimate themselves, just because they are studying a male-dominated subject. We need to show women that they are just as capable as men, and that there is no reason to feel inferior or driven away.
What do you think is the most important scientific research or discovery of today? Environmental research is definitely extremely important today. We have come to live in a world where people over-consume and waste resources so inefficiently. As we continue to consume more and more of our natural resources and abuse the environment, we are simply doing damage to the only earth we have. As a chemical engineer, I’d love to see more solar-powered devices become a more widespread technology!