The 2019 Queensland Women in STEM Prize winners announced!
A researcher looking at how to tame weeds using gene-editing, a marine scientist investigating the impact of micro plastics on seafood and a First Nations researcher seeking to protect the eyesight of people with diabetes have been recognised for their contribution to Queensland science.
The Jury Award was presented to Amanda Dawson, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Australian Institute of Marine Science whose work considers the effects of marine pollution on seafood.
Anu Choudhary was awarded the People’s Choice Award. Anu is an early career researcher with CSIRO, investigating non-chemical forms of agricultural weed control.
Clare Villalba, a PhD student at QUT was the inaugural recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award in recognition of her commitment to preventing diabetes-related blindness.
The winners were awarded a cash prize of $5,000 to support individual professional development opportunities.
In Queensland our female experts in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields are international leaders and at the forefront of many breakthroughs and discoveries. They are working to make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally and internationally.
To support this trend and encourage further innovation from and collaboration between women in STEM fields, Queensland Museum in partnership with the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist, the Office for Women and BHP Foundation are proud to present the 2019 Queensland Women in STEM Prize.
The Prize aims recognise the valuable contribution of Queensland women working in STEM careers.
Competition winners were announced on Sunday 24 March 2019 at World Science Festival Brisbane.