“Family life and work/life balance in the field is a challenge for women.”
People expect a woman’s professional life to suffer when she starts a family, says Jendai Richards. While it can be a challenge, she believes women can overcome that bias if they work harder and smarter.
Richards is a Ph.D. candidate in the Graduate Education in Biomedical Sciences (GEBS) program at Morehouse School of Medicine. While at Morehouse she has received GEBS awards for excellence in biochemistry, cells and tissues, organs and systems, and biomedical genetics, as well as the Rising Star award. She is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American Scientists, American Society of Microbiology, North American Vascular Biology Organization, and Beta Kappa Chi National Scientific Honor Society. She completed her undergraduate education at Spelman College, where she received a B.S. in biology in 2006.