At the beginning of October 2021 Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) Lydia Moll and Nils Simon gave two online “Skype a scientist” sessions for High School students in the USA.
“Skype a scientist” is an online platform that offers the public a great opportunity to meet with various scientists from all over the world. Lydia and Nils were matched with a 9th grade class from the Western Michigan Christian High School in Muskegon and a High School senior class from the Robinson High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. Both classes were interested in talking to a neuroscientist.
In their talks, Lydia and Nils outlined their path to becoming a scientist after graduation and highlighted personal landmarks that made them choose their current professions and research fields. Furthermore, the PhD students gave insights into their ongoing BonePainII research and the goals of the network.
After the presentation, the school classes were given the opportunity to ask questions to Nils and Lydia. Besides asking questions about life in general as a researcher, the students were very interested in learning more about the cause of rheumatoid arthritis and bone cancer and how our brain is telling us that we are in pain.
The online sessions were a great experience and a lot of fun for ESRs and students alike.
Anyone interested in learning more about becoming a scientist or the BonePainII research is welcome to reach out to any of the ESRs from the BonePainII II network to schedule an online “Skype a Scientist” session. The ESRs will gladly share their stories of becoming a scientist and provide insights into their field of research.