Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon on STEM and her ‘Stemettes’

Mathematician, computer scientist, and co-founder of Stemettes Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon spoke to Bustle about her work with young girls and the best guidance she’s ever gotten.

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We don’t hear enough about Black mathematicians, especially Black British female mathematicians. So my eyes widen when I saw this interview with Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon.

You may know Anne-Marie as the London schoolgirl who became one of the youngest people to pass an A-level examination when she gained an E in Computing and a D in Maths (AS Level) at the age of 11.

Now, she’s the co-founder of a mentoring program called Stemettes:

While most of the world was struggling to adjust to stay-at-home orders in March, British mathematician Anne-Marie Imafidon was already settled into her year of JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out). Imafidon, who’s the co-founder of Stemettes, a mentoring program that encourages girls to practice mathematics, science, and computing through fun and free activities, had planned to spend 2020 staying home and develop initiatives for young women and girls in STEM. During lockdown, she ran a series of online events — Instagram Lives, YouTube Lives, and a role model Q&A — before launching a virtual summer school.

In her Bustle interview, she discussed the young girls she mentors, the best and worst advice she’d ever received (“I don’t think any advice is bad, because it’s from that person’s perspective.”), and her advice for young women in STEM.

Read the interview on Bustle.

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