Ebimoboere Claudius’ Bio
Ebimoboere Claudius is an Actuarial Analyst Intern at Royal Exchange General Insurance Company, Nigeria. Her work entails aiding the design and evaluation process of weather index-based microinsurance products for smallholder farmers in Nigeria. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Niger Delta University, Nigeria. She is also an alumna of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – Next Einstein Initiative (AIMS-NEI), where she earned a Master’s degree in Mathematical Sciences at AIMS Ghana, and a Certificate in Business Man- agement through the AIMS and ESMT Berlin Industry Immersion Program (AIMS-ESMT IIP) at AIMS South Africa.
Why did you get into STEM?
I have been a lover of science (mathematics in particular) from a young age, so much so that I think my life would be boring without mathematics. I am one who likes a good challenge, and being in the science class in secondary school offered me the opportunity to constantly challenge myself. When it was time to go to university, it was natural for me to choose a course of study with a high mathematical and scientific content so I settled on computer science. However, when my admission letter came, I was admitted into the mathematics program of the department instead. I was taken aback initially because although I had a passion for mathematics, I had never really thought about getting a degree in it. For this reason, I like to say that mathematics chose me. I have no regrets venturing into the field as it has opened me up to a world of opportunities and equipped me with critical skills that are relevant in many industries.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Graduating with my cohort at AIMS Ghana remains one of the high points in my life so far. There were lots of challenges along the way, and I came so close to giving up.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
Although there are lots of women doing amazing things in STEM fields, excelling in STEM is still widely perceived as a feat too difficult for women to accomplish. In my first year at the university, a classmate gave me a round of applause after I solved the most basic math problem. When I asked what the applause was for, his response confirmed my suspicion that he assumed I would not know how to, because I am female. Later on when I became top of the class, another classmate told me that it did not matter how well I was doing, that I would still end up in a kitchen. These are just two instances of gender bias I have experienced as a woman in STEM. Societal constructs make it harder for women to succeed in STEM fields, so I have learnt to keep my head up, follow my dreams and not be deterred by snide remarks or whatever gender biases I face on the way.
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
The STEM journey is an exciting, albeit challenging one. So I urge you to be intentional in the pursuit of your dreams. Be teachable and ever willing to grow. Do not dwell on the mistakes of the past, but learn from them and commit to doing better each day.