Our Expertise. Your Dreams.


Supporting students and professionals in STEM.

Our team of highly qualified scientists provide resources and services to address the  academic and professional needs of students and early career professionals in STEM. Whether it's assisting with college or graduate school applications, editing a paper or dissertation, providing interview preparation, or speaking at STEM events - we provide each client the tools necessary to develop and implement a plan for success.

Our Team

Drs. Tamika Payne and Keisha John have known each other all their lives. While they both chose to study STEM, their chosen paths were very different. During their journeys, they found that their individual experiences and unique styles complemented each other’s in surprising ways. This made them eager to merge their talents and start STEM Advance, an intersection of their expertise and personalities.


Keisha John, PhD

A graduate from The Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Keisha has held multiple positions in graduate school administration. 


Tamika Payne, PhD

A Duke University graduate, Tamika currently works as a consultant and a subject matter expert in the private and public sectors.  


At STEM Advance, we envision a world where individuals have equitable access to opportunities for success in STEM. Towards this end, we work with our clients to strengthen their hard- and soft-skills while teaming with organizations and institutions to systematically develop strategies that promote inclusiveness and diversity.



We offer advising for every step of your STEM journey, from choosing a undergraduate major through early career coaching. 


Document Editing

Our editors are not only skilled proofreaders but also knowledgeable published scientists with a passion for words.  They will improve the clarity and readability of your work, paying special attention to grammar, spelling, punctuation, consistency, and style.


Speaker & Panelist Services

We offer speaker services by phenomenal,  experienced orators who offer an unique blend of facts, wit, and honesty while being relatable and inspiring. 

Writing Wednesdays

Written numbers vs. numerals.
-Write out numbers smaller than 10 and numerals for numbers 10 and above.
-When you have both large and small numbers, use numerals for all.
-Use numerals for units of measure, decimals, and percentages, even those below 10.

Use parentheses to enclose information that is descriptive but not necessary to the sentence. Use brackets for extra information already in parentheses. The sentence must still make sense if you delete the words inside the parentheses
Tim (a scientist [a microbiologist]) will attend the conference - CORRECT

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What makes STEM Advance the best choice for me?

The truth is that we may not be the best choice for your needs. That is why we offer free 30 minute consultations to learn a bit about our clients. We use this time to evaluate if we will be able to provide you with the best service to advance you towards your academic and professional goals.

Q2. What are your rates?

Rates depend on service(s) requested. For our editing services we charge $30/hour (divided into 15 minute increments). This means we only charge you for the time it takes to strengthen your document which saves you money compared to other editing services. Our editors keep a detailed time-log which is made available regularly or upon request. Our advising services are offered as packages or à la carte options. Coaching packages range from $99-1000, à la carte coaching is $30/hour (charged at 15 minute increments).

Q3. Do you only work with clients within a certain geographical area?

While we are physically based in the Atlanta and Washington DC areas, we offer all of our services nationally. We offer our advising sessions via the telephone, Skype, FaceTime, or Google Hangout if we are unable to travel to your location.