Imposter syndrome
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Takeaways from today's episode: 

  • Imposter syndrome deals with the struggle of the Internal struggle (often to prove oneself) vs the external environment, including the lack of representation in different fields.
  • In presentations and even in life, remember It’s ok to say ‘I don’t know’.
  • Some ways one can work through the imposter syndrome include: acknowledging it is a common feeling, separating these feelings from facts about oneself, sharing these feelings with others and thinking: "what's the worst that can happen."
  • Everyone gets rejections in academia, do not take it personally and do not give up trying. 


How to deal with imposter syndrome:

More about imposter syndrome and how it affects women and women of colour:

Read more about Daniela’s story:

Read more about Seun’s story:

Guest information

Oluwaseun Ogundele is a research assistant at the Wellcome-MRC-Cambridge Stem Cell Institute. She is passionate about increasing the visibility of young BAME role models in research science using social media. Her motivation is personal; to share her own journey as a #blackgirlinscience who ‘made it to Cambridge’.

Connect with Seun: @seuninscience

Dr. Daniela Robles is a PI at the International Laboratory for Human Genome Research (LIIGH), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). After studying her undergraduate degree at UNAM and her PhD at the University of Cambridge, she returned home to set up a research group focusing on investigating the genomics of cancer types important in Latin American countries.

Connect with Daniela: @daniela_oaks

Isabela Malta joined the ACSC as the Assistant Overseas Courses Manager to help coordinate scientific capacity development in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Originally from Brazil, she has a Biochemistry MPhil from the University of Cambridge (Wolfson College), and a biomedical/microbiology background.

Connect with Isabela: @belamalta10



Editing by Mariana Vaz,

Research: Isabela Malta

Producers: Isabela Malta (Producer), Emmanuela Oppong (Producer), Alice Matimba (Senior Producer), Christine Boinett (Creator and Executive producer) 

Host: Christine Boinett

Media and Marketing: Catherine Holmes



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