We’ve rounded up a list of our Instagram account favourites to follow. This week we spoke to Sasha Weiditch a.k.a @SciGirlSash! Follow Sasha for all things PhD and pink. She’s not your average biochemistry student – somehow she finds time to profile amazing scientists that give inspiring advice on her blog, PhDenomenal PhDemale. Be sure to follow her so you don’t miss an update!
Tell us about yourself.
I’m Sasha. I’m a 27 y/o Biochemist/Ph.D. candidate from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I dream of living in Paris, wearing Stuart Weitzman boots and using science to better our world.
Why did you start an Instagram account?
I started an Instagram account to combat the stereotype that seemingly defines ‘scientist’ and at the same time to showcase real women who can serve as role models or inspiration. In contrast to the glamorous, but embellished, images seen on Instagram, my goal was to provide a real, honest account of my life as a female scientist as well as the lives of other women in STEM that I am fortunate to know.
To that extent I post pictures I find visually appealing and that also resonate with my goal. I want to encourage people to be engaged and interested in science, so everything is somehow science or research-based. However, it’s important that I’m representing something authentic, so this also involves sharing the ups and downs of pursuing academic research as a twenty-something woman trying to find my place in it all. But, it’s not just about me – I created #PhDenomenalPhDemale to tell the stories of women in different stages of their unique scientific careers. With #PhDenomenalPhDemale we share our science, our lives, our challenges and our advice!
Who should follow you?
If you’re a millennial trying to figure it all out and reach your goals I hope you would find something inspiring through my page. Also, if you watched Bill Nye or The Magic School Bus as a kid, you’ll probably enjoy my take on science.
IG is a fun, scroll through and get inspired kinda place. Through IG I have met women with similar interests to whom I find incredibly inspiring and supportive. I am so happy to be part of that. Science isn’t boring, it’s fascinating and scientists are old fuddy-duddies, they are women and men trying to learn and discover.