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Mayim Bialik and other STEM Role Models Girls Should Follow

September 9, 2012 5:15am (EDT)
Actress Mayim Bialik is a real life neuroscientist.
Actress Mayim Bialik is a real life neuroscientist.

I was bummed that Mayim Bialik didn’t win the best supporting actress EMMY this weekend. I thought it would have been really cool for Mayim to win because she doesn’t just play a nerdy neuro scientist on the Big Bang Theory television show, she is a neuroscientist in real life.

Bialik holds a Ph.D in neuroscience and teaches the subject in her home school community. Because of her background, she often serves as a consultant on the sitcom.

What an amazing role model for young girls, right? They are too often bombarded with Hollywood actresses, singers or reality TV divas behaving badly to emulate. But here is a person that truly embodies brains and beauty and her career path in science is one that students can dare to imitate.

If you’re looking for other famous role models for girls to follow in science and math careers with big names here are a few that you can point them to:

Danica McKellar - A certain generation remembers her as Winnie Cooper from the TV show The Wonder Years , McKellar has made a name for herself as a renowned mathematician. In fact she has a mathematical physics theorem which bears her name (The Chayes-McKellar-Winn Theorem). She’s written several books including the best seller, Math Doesn’t Suck, How to Survive Middle School Math Without Losing Your Mind.

Mae Jemison - In addition to being the first African American woman astronaut, she is an accomplished professional dancer. Her organization The Jemison Group develops medical technology. Plus she works with the Bayer Corporation on a program called Making Science Make Sense with students nationwide.

Heddy Lamar - She was a movie star during Hollywood’s golden age in the 40’s. But what isn’t widely known is that Lamar had a beautiful mind, She patented a frequency-switching system for torpedo guidance that was two decades ahead of its.

Who are other famous people with brilliant scientific minds that young girls should look up to? Why don't you chime in and add to the list?

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