Student STEMinist Awards 2024

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The Equate Student STEMinist awards give us the chance to celebrate the achievements of students and student societies who are going above and beyond to support their peers, advocate for equality, and effect change in their institutions.

Equate put a call out for nominations through January and received a wide array of nominations for students and societies based across Scotland, showcasing the fantastic work so many students are doing to push for equality, diversity, and inclusion.

We are delighted to announce our winners and runners-up for each category.

First up, we are delighted to announce that the winner of the Student STEMinist of the Year Award is Aditi Jain from the University of Edinburgh.

Aditi receiving award from Andrea Nolan

Aditi is the president of the Edinburgh University Women in STEM society, she has developed and led a mentoring network with 450 mentees and 300 mentors, she has worked with deans and senior staff members on a diversity and inclusion toolkit for academic institutions which has led to structural change and policy improvements.

As a pharmacology student, Aditi has advocated strongly on women’s health issues including female reproductive health and disparities in medicine, raising awareness, and advocating for the lived experiences of women.

Congratulations Aditi!

We’d also like to acknowledge the amazing achievements of our two runners up: Emma Crawford and Jil Sheth.

Emma is the FemEng outreach convenor and has delivered an 8-week programme where children complete workshops and learn about Aeronautical, Biomedical, Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering.

Emma has expanded this programme to over 50 primary schools and supported over 2200 pupils allowing children from all backgrounds to get involved in the programme and learn about engineering in an accessible, fun, and interactive way.

Jil is the Vice President of the Watt Women society supporting and mentoring women STEM students at Heriot Watt university. She contributes to the Heriot Watt STEM inclusivity network championing equality, diversity, and inclusion.

Beyond her studies, Jil is also part of the United Nations volunteering programme and was selected as the city chair for Edinburgh in the group of 100 Global Woman Leaders.

Congratulations to both Emma and Jil for all their achievements!

Now on to the societies.

Equate is happy to announce that the winner of the Student Society of the Year is the Piscopia Initiative.

2 students from the Piscopia Initiative on either side of Andrea Nolan receiving their award

The Piscopia initiative began at the University of Edinburgh but is now a UK-wide scheme supporting more women and gender minorities to pursue PhDs in mathematics.

They have developed a supportive network for undergraduate and masters students who are interested in undertaking a PhD, hosting meetings with current PhD students to demystify the process and encourage them to pursue further studies.

This network also creates a community for PhD students to share their experiences and support one another.

Piscopia also work with faculty at universities to make their programmes more inclusive, encouraging best practice, and revamping promotional materials to make them more welcoming to women and gender minority applicants. This commitment to encouraging systemic change at the faculty level is affecting real change at universities across the UK.

Congratulations to the Piscopia Initiative for all their dedication and hard work!

We’d also like to congratulate our two runners up for Student Society of the Year: FemEng and University of Glasgow Women in STEM Society (WiSTEM).

FemEng empowers and supports women in engineering both in Glasgow and abroad. They have hosted discussion panels and workshops, co-hosted the 3rd wind farm project with Strathclyde Equate and completed their 8th international project.

The FemEng in Botswana project saw 8 members organise a fully sponsored three-week visit to 1 primary and 2 high schools and work with over 1000 students in Botswana to carry out STEM workshops to encourage more girls to pursue engineering in university.

WISTEM have organised a wide range of academic, social, and networking events, as well as fundraising for Glasgow Women’s Aid and running STEM outreach to both local primary schools and high schools. Their work has helped to connect women and gender minorities from different year groups, degree programmes and even different universities.

WiSTEM ran workshops at a local primary school to teach the pupils about STEM. The students enjoyed a full day of fun activities covering DNA, bridge building, coding, divisibility, and the stages of the moon cycle. They received very positive feedback and are organising another outreach day for this semester!

Well done to all our winners, runners-up, and nominees. You should all be exceptionally proud of yourselves and the work you are doing to support your peers!