Sheila Humphreys

Closed (1) Women Pioneers in STEM: History of Early Women in Zoology, Botany and Physiology

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

In this project, which will contribute to the 150W History Project for the celebration of the 150 years of women at Berkeley (, we will look at the early women students in Zoology, Botany and Anatomy/Physiology and what careers they pursued. In particular we will trace the first women to earn doctorates from UC Berkeley in these fields, from the doctorate granted to Alice Robertson in 1902 in Zoology up to Professor Marian Diamond who earned her PhD in Anatomy in 1953. While the emphasis is on those women who earned graduate degrees, undergraduates may also be studied. The historical context on campus and attitudes toward women scientists in the early decided of the 20th century will also be relevant.

The URAP student or team will select a group of women students to investigate and will write profiles of these pioneering scientists.
The student may use primary and secondary sources, such as Reports to the President of UC, doctoral dissertations, Cliometric data and campus databases showing student enrollment, and the relevant existing 150w histories from the Women in the Disciplines:

Learning outcomes:
research with primary and secondary materials
expository writing and editing skills
history of women doctoral graduates in biological fields at Berkeley 1902-1953

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Sheila Humphreys PhD , Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Interest in STEM and the history of women at UC Berkeley Excellent communication and writing skills Commitment to a bi-weekly meeting with the URAP mentor in person and via Zoom. Commitment to working on editing and completion of the project essay by January 1, 2022. Desirable: URAP students will enroll for at least one unit of credit.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

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