Margaret Carrington

Dr. Margaret E. Carrington

Physics is very male dominated, but it is also results oriented. In my experience, physicists are good about judging each other based on their work.

Professor of Physics
Brandon University
As an academic, what is your favourite part of your job?

Research is my favourite part of my job.

What are you researching and what excites you about it?

I'm a theoretical high energy physicist, and I study the fundamental interactions of elementary particles.

How does your research affect people’s everyday lives?

High energy physics has little relevance to daily life.

What types of professions can students graduating in your field enter?

Some students who don't pursue physics as a career go into teaching, technical writing, or finance.

Is your workplace male-dominated? If so, how do you negotiate being a woman in a male-dominated workplace and/or field?

Physics is very male dominated, but it is also results oriented. In my experience, physicists are good about judging each other based on their work.

How do you foster and encourage diversity in your workplace?

It is good if a group of people who are working on a physics problem try many different approaches. Different people have different perspectives and tend to develop different strategies. This kind of diversity maximizes the overall chances of success.

What kinds of systemic support could institutions provide to help encourage girls and women to pursue careers in science and engineering?

I really don't know of anything more that could be done.

What advice would you give to girls or young women who are interested in careers in science or engineering?

would advise them not to be worried about the idea of working in a male dominated environment. Science is mostly about science, and personal qualities (like gender) are not as important as they probably are in other professional fields.

As a professional in science or engineering, who are your role models and mentors?

I've been fortunate to have several mentors during the course of my career, including some former supervisors and some senior colleagues.