2020 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
Queensland women creating antiparasitic drugs from spider venom, using genetic markers to combat obesity, increasing energy yield from natural gas, understanding the biological mechanisms of mental health, applying Traditional Knowledge to inform Climate Change adaptation plans and rebuilding coral reefs have been named finalists in the 2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize.
The Queensland Women in STEM prize recognises Queensland women who make an outstanding contribution in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Now in its fifth year, this prestigious prize – presented by Queensland Museum Network, Queensland Government (Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist and Office for Women) and BHP Foundation – provides three professional development bursaries of $5,000 across three categories.
2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize finalists are:
Jury Award awarded to the most meritorious applicant, as determined by a panel of esteemed judges
- Samantha Nixon Fighting creepy with crawly: using spider venoms to make next-generation antiparasitic drugs
- Kate Quigley Beat the heat: helping corals withstand increasing ocean temperatures
People’s Choice Award awarded to the applicant with the highest number of public votes
- Denuja Karunakaran Trimming the Fat: Targeting novel genetic factors and molecules that drive obesity
- Divya Mehta Epigenetics: Why our DNA is not our destiny
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Jury Award awarded to the most meritorious Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicant, as determined by a panel of esteemed judges
- Toni Hay Indigenous Climate Change Adaptation
- Keely Perry STEM: As through the eyes of a rural Queenslander
Winners of the 2020 Queensland Women in STEM Prize will be announced on Sunday 27 September 2020.
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