I have spent years trying to prove myself and my abilities to others.
During my undergraduate degree when I told people I was in physics, I was nearly always met with disbelief; that I “didn’t look” like I was in physics. I had to prove myself not only within heavily male-dominated environments in academia and in the financial industry, but also to other people in my life that didn’t believe that a) I was in a physics program in general, and b) that choosing that path was sustainable or acceptable. I found myself experiencing the same patterns in environments where I had to fight to be acknowledged and heard, where I was questioned and underestimated, and cases where I had to prove my intelligence and credibility. At the same time, I knew that my presence, along with the other women in the field, was important. I was cognizant of my role as a mentor for others, and I knew that being in these types of environments was also crucial for my success in the field. Ultimately, my interests began to change, and I decided to pursue my graduate degree in the field of neuroscience in the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. However, my decision to leave physics carried with it a significant amount of guilt. I knew that the number of women in physics decreases dramatically at every stage – including from undergraduate to graduate studies – so staying in it had begun to feel like a duty. However, when we push these types of messages, when we encourage woman-identifying individuals to enter and stay in these fields, we need to ask ourselves what we are asking them to take on.
This award recognizes Singh’s commitment to inclusion and developing positive learning and working environments.Read More
From January 4 to 7, pharmacy students gathered from across the country in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan for the annual Professional Development Week (PDW) 2023 conference.Read More
The annual Induction Ceremony held at the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy officially welcomes first year Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students to the profession of pharmacy.Read More