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“Outnumbered”: Library Photo Award Winner Documents Women in Science

Courtesy of UNC College of Arts & Sciences

An environmental engineer who studies nanoparticles and competitively races downhill mountain bikes. A wildlife biologist who traverses across North Carolina’s most remote swamplands to tag wildlife and monitor flooding. A 7-year-old budding scientist who collects rocks, builds circuits and has a pet snake.

UNC doctoral student and marine ecologist Clare Fieseler features these three women in her documentary photography project, “Outnumbered.” Her goal is to capture female scientists who break stereotypes, to detail their work and passions outside of the lab and in the field, and to inspire young women to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.


Anne Galyean, professional downhill mountain biker and UNC environmental engineering doctoral student. Photo by Clare Fieseler.

Fieseler is pursuing a Ph.D. in the curriculum for the environment and ecology in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences. Her project won a 2014 North Carolina Documentary Photography Award from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives in Wilson Library. Undergraduate and graduate student winners submit photography-focused research proposals, and their resulting images become a permanent part of the the North Carolina Collection .

Fieseler is a former National Geographic filmmaker and grant recipient, and those connections sparked interest from National Geographic in creating a video about her “Outnumbered” project.

“We owe it to young girls right now to share our own stories, not as cautionary tales, but as motivation,” said Fieseler.

Read more about Clare Fieseler and her award-winning project in this profile from the UNC College of Arts & Sciences.

The deadline to apply for the 2015 North Carolina Documentary Photography Awards is Jan. 9, 2015. The North Carolina Collection will award $1,500 each for up to two UNC graduate students, and $1,000 each for up to two undergraduate students.

Adapted from story by Kim Weaver Spurr ’88. Video by National Geographic; images by Clare Fieseler.

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