Registration Now Open Atlanta, GA September 20-23, 2017

2017 Tapia Conference

I am a Research Scientist in the University of Washington’s Department of Astronomy, working on computational pipelines and big data management. I will present failure in the context of impostor syndrome, that is, the disbelief in one’s own internal sense of success independent of external achievements or recognitions, leading to a surmounting fear of being exposed as someone whose abilities have been overestimated. As a multi-racial scientist who has switched academic fields, I will share my experience as a “real impostor” and some of the difficulties I have faced while trying to “classify” myself into a group. I approach this fear in the following ways: (1) Remembering that being wrong does not make a fraud or negate success (2) Framing success into what I “can” vs. classifying what I “am”, and (3) Embracing the impostor to focus on the value that I can provide with my unique skill set and diverse background.