A genuine example of a social scientist: thanks and farewell Paulette Vincent-Ruz

In June we welcomed Paulette Vincent-Ruz @STEMxicanEd, PhD student in science education at the University of Pittsburgh. Paulette studies intersectionality in STEM but also discussed grad school life and mental health.


We asked Paulette to reflect on how the week went for her.

In general terms, how did you find your week as a curator?

It was so overwhelming at first but people were so nice and interested on my work that it even made disappear the impostor syndrome a little bit

It can be a shock talking to so many. Did you find the sudden rush of interactions (good and bad) daunting?

Yes at first! I was trying to reply to all and be nice to all and is almost impossible! But as the week went on I found that it became easier to manage

What were the highlights? Were there any lowlights?

I guess I thought people might not be interested on social science related stuff given what usually the account showcases but people were so engaged and open to listen about intersectionality and science ed. There was some mansplaining but way less than I expected

Is there anything you wanted to get out of / do on the RS account that you didn’t manage to fit in?


Did you have a plan? If so, did you stick to it?

Well I knew I wanted to do a whole day on intersectionality and my work and one on the myth of learning styles. Also a day on phdife But was not expecting people to be so into the mental health issue and I had to program a whole day into it!

Do you have any tips or advice for future RS curators?

I think people liked talking about life in general as a scientist not only what the research is about

What other people or accounts should people follow if they enjoyed your tweets this week?


Thanks once again Paulette from all of us here at RealScientists HQ. If you missed anything from her week, the tweets are all collated at the following link.


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