OU Biology Graduate student publishes essay in Science Magazine
The premier outlet for scientific research in the US, Science Magazine, is publishing an essay by Graduate student Montrai Spikes of the University of Oklahoma Biology Department. The essay is entitled “The pressure to assimilate” and will appear in the “Working Life” column of Science Magazine. (Vol 368 issue 6497).
Montrai is African American and his essay details his experiences as an underrepresented teaching assistant educating predominantly white students. Specifically, he discusses how society’s perception of professionalism is unjustly intertwined with the dominant culture. Given our current political climate, the essay is not only highly topical but merits consideration by all our community and beyond. Publishing in Science Magazine is an incredible accomplishment.
Montrai is a Ph. D. candidate in the Biology Department. He studies the evolution of mate choice in livebearing fishes. His research efforts recently sent him to Potsdam, Germany on a Fulbright fellowship. In addition to his research, he serves as co-chair of the Biology Department’s Diversity Inclusion and Equity committee, vice president to the Biology Graduate Student Association, and on the executive committee on the STEM Inclusion Council.
You can review the article here.