NSCL alumna collects the stories of women physicists

The recently published book Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science contains a collection of essays from 35 prominent women in science who tell the stories of their careers. The fascinating essays provide detailed insight in their very diverse paths to success and the authors reflect on their experiences, positive and negative. In the process they give great advice and encouragement to young (female) researchers. The book is a great read and highly recommended for everyone interested in science and scientists’ careers. It is so easy to be inspired by the women scientists who contributed to the book and their career stories.

Blazing the Trail: Essays by Leading Women in Science was co-authored by Emma Ideal (graduate student at Yale) and Rhiannon Meharchand, who graduated with a Ph.D. from NSCL in 2011. Rhiannon’s motivation for working on this project in her own words: “I hope this book provides real-life role models for young women everywhere, and inspires them to dream big, work hard and achieve things they never thought possible.”

The book can be purchased for less than $10 and any profits are used for purchasing more copies for distribution to high-schools and undergraduate programs. Financial support for the publication of the book was provided by the Yale University Physics Department and NSCL.