ask theory, stem mentorship, alyssa marie gimenez

Hosted by EIC Mikael Angelo Francisco, Ask Theory shines the spotlight on Pinoy scientific brilliance, in a fun and entertaining “kwentuhan” format. Each episode of Ask Theory  features a Pinoy scientist from one of the various scientific disciplines. In a very casual conversation, guests explain what they do in simple terms, as well as share their fascinating stories: how they got into science, the challenges they face, what motivates them to pursue their fields, what future scientists from the Philippines can look forward to, and so much more.

Episode 131: Paano Ba Maging STEM Mentor?

Alyssa Marie Gimenez is a doctoral student studying Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a career in scientific research and academia. Her career interests focus on bridging global public health disparity research with cellular/molecular biology to advance health equity, literacy, and academic opportunity in underrepresented South-East Asian communities both stateside and abroad.

We talked about how the GradMAP Philippines initiative helps Filipino students, why there’s no such thing as a stupid question, becoming a mentor for STEM students, how to get over the fear of asking questions, and more.

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This episode of Ask Theory was made in partnership with GradMAP Philippines, a mentor network helping Filipino scientists get through graduate school applications. GradMAP Philippines envisions a thriving community of Filipino scientists that work to reduce barriers for Filipinos in pursuing advanced degrees in STEM and related fields. For more information, visit:

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