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ECU Women in STEM Scholarship winners

Thursday, 29 October 2020


ECU’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve Chapman, hosted the second annual ECU Scholarships Ceremony held Wednesday 14 October 2020. The inaugural Scholarships Ceremony commenced in 2019 and showcases the exceptional talent, drive and enthusiasm of ECU students.

Women continue to be underrepresented in the fields of Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and the School of Science are seeking to address this disparity through a number of scholarships designed to improve the number of women participating in, and graduating from STEM courses.

The Executive Dean, School of Science, Professor Andrew Woodward announced the two winners of the Women in STEM Cyber Security CRC (Cooperative Research Centre) Scholarship: Jacynta Grigson and Hannah Rice. The Cyber Security CRC was established in 2020 and offered the Scholarships to female students undertaking their 1st year in the Bachelor of Science (Cyber Security) Course at ECU. This scholarship will assist these women through any financial hardship, and they will receive support to continue their studies in their undergraduate degree.

Also, Professor Woodward also announced the two winners of the Defence Science and Technology Group - Women in STEM Scholarship. The Commonwealth of Australia as represented by the Defence Science and Technology Group of the Department of Defence developed the scholarship to encourage high-performing female students to continue studying in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to improve the representation of women scientists and engineers. The winners of this scholarship were Margret Beniameen and Shannon Calitz and in addition to eligibility criteria, the recipients demonstrated their passion for defence science/engineering and displayed their non-academic achievements.

Please visit the ECU website for more information about the Cyber Security CRC Scholarship and the Defence Science and Technology Group – Women in STEM Scholarship. These scholarships would not have been possible if it weren’t for the extraordinary generosity of the valued donors who participated in the Ceremony and their continued support of ECU and the Office of Development and Alumni Relations.


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