Some Kenyans have a tendency to equate quietness with being nice, says analytical environmental chemist Veronica Okello at Machakos University in Kenya. She urges young researchers to be less timid, air their views and approach their professors for professional opportunities. In this seventh article of eight describing the career experiences of African women in science, Okello describes how support from family members enabled her to study abroad, and how she cultivates the networks she forged overseas to foster collaborations.

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