Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM

101. Parmin Sedigh - High School Student; Stem Cell Research; Science Communications

March 29, 2023 Kathy Nelson Episode 101
Ordinarily Extraordinary - Conversations with women in STEM
101. Parmin Sedigh - High School Student; Stem Cell Research; Science Communications
Show Notes

Parmin Sedigh is a high school senior in Canada who enjoys researching and creating content about stem cells and developmental biology. She is also also the VP of Communications at Eye Hope Canada and a Sponsorships Associate at the Canadian Undergraduate Technology Conference.

What do we talk about in this episode?

Parmin developed a passion for stem cells and developmental biology. She talks about how she became interested in the subject through The Knowledge Society (TKS) and created blogs and a YouTube channel to explain stem cells to non scientific people.

  1. The importance of making scientific and medical information consumable to lay people.
  2. Stem cell research and how Parmin got interested in it in high school.
  3. Permian's high school experience and activities and how COVID affected her high school experience.
  4. How to get young people interested in STEM careers.
  5. Parmin helped organize a TedX conference at her high school.
  6. Permin's plans for university and how sure should someone be about what they want to study before going to university?
  7. The importance of people in the industry connecting with students and young people when they reach out. And definitely don't ghost them if they do reach out!

Music used in the podcast: Higher Up, Silverman Sound Studio


Parmin's Website: https://parminsedigh.medium.com

Parmin's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHCv6JNpw5oNrf6bAtdA05Q

Gairdner Science Week - The Gairdner Foundation was established in 1957 with the main goal of recognizing and rewarding international excellence in fundamental research that impacts human health. Annually, seven awards are given: five Canada Gairdner International Awards for biomedical research, one John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award, specifically for impact on global health issues, and one Canada Gairdner Wightman Award, reserved for a Canadian. (https://gairdner.org/events/gairdner-science-week-2022/)

In most provinces of Canada, the third Monday in February is observed as a regional statutory holiday, typically known in general as Family Day (French: Jour de la famille)—though some provinces use their own names, as they celebrate the day for different reasons. (Wikipedia)

The Knowledge Society (TKS) helps ambitious young people change the world. TKS offers a 10-month educational accelerator for high school students wherein they'll learn about cutting-edge technologies, growth mindsets that are key to success, and how to use this knowledge to reach their full potential. TKS students also have the opportunity to work alongside and learn from industry-leading experts at companies and organizations like the United Nations, Google, Apple, and more. (https://www.tks.world)