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Showcasing future career opportunities for Women in STEM

Thursday, 13 September 2018

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120 girls, ranging from Year 10-12, and their female teachers, were invited to hear from inspiring and engaging female speakers and also explore the tertiary STEM courses available to study within the South West.

The evening was opened by Ms Tyril Houghton, Head of Math at Bunbury Senior High School and South West Math Association (SWMA) President, and Kerrilie Haberfield, Prefect at Bunbury Senior High School, who explained the objectives and agenda for the night:

“My mentor and I decided to plan an event that allowed women already established in their STEM fields to talk to aspiring STEM Students and inform young women about life within the STEM industry and to give them an insight of what possibilities and opportunities are out there in the world.”

The STEM event turned out to be a great success, with students coming from all around the South West to listen to the brilliant panel of speakers, who showcased a diversity of STEM backgrounds.  Through presentations, students listened to the variety of occupations from sleep doctor to geophysicist to petroleum engineer, and how they manage a healthy work/life balance.

Dr Kristina Lemson, ECU Biologist, was delighted to announce that the ECU School of Science will be offering the Bachelor of Science (Environment Management and Conversation and Wildlife Biology) at the ECU South Campus from 2019.

The evening concluded with a Q&A session, where the students asked relevant and current affairs’ questions in relation to climate change and women working in a male dominated working environment.

Feedback from the students was extremely positive including:

“I found the STEM meeting a wonderful forum for like-minded women and girls to explore their common interests.  Each speaker brought new perspectives and insight into very diverse fields in the STEM world. The Q&A at the conclusion was very entertaining and gave me useful advice and anecdotes about flourishing in the STEM industry as a modern women.”  Spiral Charm, Year 12 student, Bunbury Senior High School

Tyril Houghton closed the evening by inviting the students to interact one to one with the presenters whilst enjoying some light refreshments, and following the success of this year’s event, promised to host another one in 2019.

For enquiries about science engagement at ECU, please contact: Michelle Austin, Science Engagement Coordinator, sscitevents@ecu.edu.au.

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