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Women + Gender Minorities in STEM

Discussion Series


The Commons : 004

Date & Time

December 10, 2021, 2:00 pm3:30 pm


Due to updated COVID-19 policy, our space will have a limited number of 15 people in our lounge. Try to arrive early or on time! Unfortunately, we will have to turn people away once it reaches 15 people.

A discussion group for Women + Gender Minorities in STEM at UMBC. On Friday, December 10th from 2-3:30 PM in the Women's Center lounge, our guest facilitator will be Dr. Mercedes Burns, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences who will discuss the gender pay gaps within the STEM profession. Dr. Burns will also discuss negotiation strategies for addressing the gender pay gap.

Dr. Mercedes Burns is an assistant professor in the department of Biological Sciences at UMBC, and has a Ph.D. from UMCP in evolutionary biology. Her research focuses on the evolution of sex and sexual conflict, especially in arthropods
Visit here to view a longer biography!

Dr. Burns offers a little preview; "A large body of evidence exists for gender gaps in both economic means and negotiation performance. I believe negotiation practice is extremely helpful for people in STEM, and I have used negotiation techniques successfully in several areas of my life. I'll talk about some negotiation strategies that have worked for me and open the floor to others to ask about and brainstorm negotiation tactics to improve satisfaction in deal-making."

For additional resources on this topic, please see below her recommended readings.

Dannals et al.'s (2021) recent paper in the Journal of Applied Psychology

Light refreshments will be provided at the time of the discussion.

This event is part of the Women's Center's Women + Gender Minorities in STEM Discussion Series. More discussion topics will take place during Spring 2022. Guest speakers are staff and faculty in STEM fields at UMBC.

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