The 2024 fellows of Science in the Pub’s Inspiring Women in STEMM grant are Ella Smalley (Menzies), Saranya Viswanathan (Medicine), and Esmat Sarafraz (Plant Science). The Grant provides funds for the selected applicants to set up a program to mentor and inspire youth in their community, and to remove barriers to the STEMM success of the next generation. Over the coming months, the 2024 fellows will be implementing STEMM engagement programs with these funds in Tasmania, India, and Iran.
The inaugural 2019 Inspiring Women in STEMM grant was supported by funds received by Drs Emily Flies and Andy Flies for the 2018 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement. Subsequent rounds of the grant have been funded by the University, public organisations and crowd-sourced donations. The current grant has been supported with a grant from Inspiring Tasmania and sponsorship from UTAS Student Services and Operations.
The 2024 fellows have diverse educational and geographic backgrounds and distinct plans to inspire and support STEMM engagement. You can read about the fellows and their projects below. All three fellows will present about their research, and the outcomes of their outreach activities at events for International Women’s Day (March), and during National Science Week. Please get in touch with Emily Flies (Emily.Flies@utas.edu.au) for more information.