Mayim Bialik: Star to Scientist
STEM Star of “The Big Bang Theory” talks about her real life passion for neuroscience and encourages more girls to do the same.
Mayim Bialik is best known for her starring role in the popular sitcom “Blossom” from 1990-1994. Bialik, who since blossomed into her own and now holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, has two young children, stars on the hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory.” and has become an advocate for young girls across the country by encouraging them to pursue careers in STEM.
Mediaplanet: What motivates you to be so passionate about women in STEM?
Mayim Bialik: As a female neuroscientist, I love encouraging young women to embrace the sciences. It’s an incredibly enlightening way to view the world once you’ve been trained in STEM, it’s a smart career choice and it’s a creative and exciting lifestyle to be a scientist.
MP: How can girls get involved in science and mathematics?
"It is so important for girls to see real role models who aren’t timid about being smart and pursuing a career in STEM."
MB: Well, I partnered with DeVry University, because their HerWorld Initiative is a great start. By engaging young girls in workshops, letting them meet and hear firsthand from women in the sciences, and learn about the broad choices for careers in STEM, it can inspire young minds to dream big.
MP: What is one of the biggest misconceptions surrounding women in this field?
MB: That you can’t also be “feminine” or be a mom or a “regular” woman. You can! The woman who first inspired me to be a scientist was a dental student when she tutored me in biology on the set of “Blossom.” She’s now a surgeon and mom of four; she’s my inspiration! It only takes one person to build a young girl’s confidence and inspire her to believe she can do it too. Through my work as a brand ambassador for Texas Instruments, I’ve been able to reach thousands of educators to encourage them to be that person for a student in math and science. It is so important for girls to see real role models who aren’t timid about being smart and pursuing a career in STEM.
MP: What advice would you give to young girls who are intimidated by pursuing science?
MB: There are so many resources to help you achieve what you want to in the STEM fields. It’s worth the effort, because it will expand your life and mind.
MP: Why is it important to ensure that the industry invests in females?
A: We are half the population and have a lot to add to these fields. Let’s get out there and do it.