Women of STEM Scholarship Winner
June 6th, 2023
Studying a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability Advanced (Honours) at the Australian National University
A Bit About Me
I grew up in Sydney, but my family often went camping and bushwalking, which sparked my love for the outdoors. My favourite subject in school was geography and science, as I loved to learn about how our world works. Despite spending much of my time indoors training for synchronised ice skating competitions, I loved to explore my local river and go on hikes outside of the city with friends. Moving to Canberra for university was a step out of my comfort zone, but I'm loving learning in a new environment and I'm excited to keep meeting other like-minded students.
I’ve always been curious about the world around me, from learning about the life cycle of a seahorse in primary school - even writing my own picture book explaining it (perhaps the modest start of my potential career as an academic researcher!), to creating ligno-cellulose composite panels with UNSW researchers. In hindsight, while I may not have known exactly what a scientist does, I’ve always loved to question, learn and explore, all attributes I now associate with science. Curiosity has encouraged me to explore a variety of STEM areas. High school biology motivated me to pursue a career in environmental science, where I will protect our ecosystems and help people live sustainably.
My Year 12 Science Extension report on sustainable composite panels introduced me to rigorous research protocols, which I really enjoyed. Furthermore, I developed a passion for mathematics, achieving outstanding results in Advanced and Extension 1 HSC Mathematics. Finally, I started enjoying coding through the Girls Programming Network and a Year 10 work experience program. My curiosity and eagerness to explore new fields and learn new skills makes me a highly suitable candidate for this scholarship
The Women of STEM scholarship will provide financial support for my degree in environmental science, and support field experiences such as volunteering with Great Barrier Reef bleaching research or mangrove restoration in Indonesia. I also hope to share my passions with others, for example, forming links with schools to encourage more girls to pursue STEM by sharing my passion and love for science.
Questions and Answers
Tell us about someone who inspires you and why
How did you become interested in STEM?
What are you most looking forward to about studying STEM at university?
How will the Women of STEM Scholarship assist you?
I’m inspired by the work of pioneering researchers like Jane Goodall, whose study of chimpanzees and environmental conservation motivates me to strive to learn about our world and make a positive impact through science. Her resilience and dedication resonate strongly with me and inspire me to keep exploring my curiosity and share my passion with others.
I’ve always been curious about the world around me, from learning about the life cycle of a seahorse in primary school, to researching innovative waste management solutions in high school. I love to question, learn, and solve problems – to me, this is what STEM is all about.
I’m excited to continue to expand my knowledge and skills in science, as well as explore my interest in maths and technology, and how these can be applied to solving our urgent environmental problems. I’m keen to challenge myself with complex concepts and work with other passionate, like-minded students.
The scholarship will support field experiences I am keen to undertake during my studies, such as Great Barrier Reef bleaching research or mangrove restoration in Indonesia. I’m excited to have the opportunity to learn from people with diverse backgrounds and knowledge, and apply my skills in real-world situations.
What job do you hope to pursue after graduating from university?
My goal is to be a researcher in environmental science, where I hope to protect ecosystems and help people live sustainably. I also want to share my passions with others, for example, encouraging more girls to pursue STEM by sharing my love for science.