Ada Boateng graduated from California University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Science and Technology and Biological sciences, with a minor in sociology. She recently received her M.S. in Rehabilitation sciences, "It has always been a passion of mine to impact people by improving education and the quality of life, through STEM principles. I can use biological technology and advancement in healthcare to have an impact in my community. My love for STEM, developed over the path of many years, with my desire to be a positive force in society and noticing that there aren’t many women of color in this field. I am very interested in applying to a PhD program in Biomedical engineering. I am primarily interested in Reproductive biology, rehabilitation, and Biomechanics. My research interest includes Reproductive biology, innovative strategies centered on current and emerging technologies such as artificial ovaries and regenerative tissues to help ovarian cancer patients and to transform women’s health and improve sexual health and reproductive health. My long-term goal is to become a pediatrician who improves and transforms adolescent gynecology.
I am starving for a PhD Program to enhance medicine through research to make life easier for people. My biggest aspiration is to provide services that will help people navigate and comprehend the healthcare system. I believe that my contribution and my gift of helping those who are unable to help themselves will change the world in a profession/field that needs it most. I am searching for a program that will be willing to help me improve the tools I have already and make me a better researcher and future physician. I am a Ghanaian native and it is my dream to help transform women’s health worldwide especially in Ghana.
My senior year of my undergraduate career, I conducted my first independent research study, where I designed, built and tested a Biogas generation system. The project required extensive research and application of composite materials to attain the necessary structural characteristics to generate the bio-gas generation system. I fell in love with the idea that we could use waste products to help generate fuel that will help generate electricity. This experiment was performed to compare the microbial species produced during the anaerobic decomposition of two different feed types. The vision behind my research is to help alleviate power outages in West Africa, by highlighting the intricacies of what may cause the extreme power outages, especially in the rural communities. I learned so much about myself and what I could do to give back to not only my community but the world. With this research, I later decided to mentor young students of color learn more about STEM in the city of Pittsburgh, to help them expand their horizons.
While working on this independent study, I was also a research assistant for both the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the University of Pittsburgh school of Medicine. The studies involve educating healthcare providers, community members, and the youth about Sexual violence and intimate partner violence. Two years later and I am now a Research coordinator for a new study called Sisterhood 2.0. This is a community based research study centered around sexual violence prevention that involves adolescent women ages 13-19. The program started off as one study but we realized that education and job readiness is of high importance in the African American community. The program also enriches young women with tools to succeed not only in school but in the working world.
I find that, when I am helping other countries, teaching young people, and being heavily involved in community outreach programs, about things that aren’t major issues in the media is where I find myself being the expert in that area. Furthermore, while at California University of Pennsylvania, I participated in several extracurricular activities. I spent my summers volunteering at University of Pennsylvania’s Hospital as a Nurses aide working in the obstetrician gynecology and oncology department and as an Emergency department aide to gain more exposure to the field of biology and technology. I observed the current state of medical terminology to be both impressive and lacking, with areas in need of vast improvement. Volunteering at University of Pennsylvania’s hospital was exciting, this experience furthered my desire to continue edification within a STEM to educate stakeholders about how to find new discoveries that will benefit healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies.
Growing up, I always had a tough time narrowing down what I wanted to do hence my undergraduate degree. I love learning different things to add to my multi-disciplinary background. I find that, when I am helping other countries, teaching young people, and being heavily involved in community outreach programs, about things that aren’t major issues in the media is where I find myself being the expert in that area.
I am constantly always telling the young girls in my program, to always to the things that seem so challenging and seem impossible! Whenever I tell people my plans they always make me feel as if it’s impossible and something unlikely to happen. Its extremely difficult sometimes but I always remind myself of the product and how all my setbacks led me to my true purpose. -That what it means to be a woman in STEM for me, constant detours and road blocks because this field is not designed for us to win!
Its time for us women in stem to CREATE.CULTIVATE.EDUCATE the best we can in order to make this generation and the generations to come feel empowered to take on this journey."