My name is Mercy Kiplagat a proud alumnae of Karatina University. I pursued BSC in Microbiology and graduated in March 2021.Currently I work at Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi under the Centre for Virus Research (CVR) specifically Covid Lab.
Karatina University has played a major role in shaping and moulding the woman that I am today. I was a member of the Microbiology club for the four years I was there and I actively participated in various microbiological activities within and outside the institution as well. Karatina University is located in a serene environment that is suitable for studies and also great for personal growth and development. My degree in Microbiology has equipped me with valuable skills that really helped me in the workplace. Karatina University not only furnished me with academic skills but also social, economic and also spiritual aspect. We co-existed as a community and interacted freely with our fellow students and also with the lecturers. The institution also organized various seminars for the students and invited professionals and speakers who had a one on one interaction with the students and this helped mould my personality. I was also member of Karatina University Christian Union and all the activities that I took part in while in school really influenced the woman that I am today.
As a woman in STEM, my experience has been fulfilling because I have had an opportunity to work under inspiring women who have repeatedly held my hand and pointed me to the right direction. They ensured that I succeeded in the field of Science and Technology and became a part of the larger women in STEM community. I have watched women in STEM break the stereotype that Science and Technology is for the other gender and I am proud to be part of the women in STEM.
As we celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science and Technology, I would like to celebrate a few women from Karatina University who walked with me for the four years and contributed to my success;
Madam Teresia Ngonjo who was my supervisor, she ensured my research project was a success.
Dr Esther Kahariri, she supervised my attachment work period at KEMRI.
Madam Hellen Warugu, the chairperson of Microbiology club.
I am grateful to God, Karatina University and everyone who was part of my journey.