International Womens Day 2018
STEM Lunch Talk SeriesThe STEM Lunch Talk Series aims to counteract the underrepresentation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and inspire all students, especially female students, to pursue a career in STEM. Learn first-hand from our female STEM academics at Monash about diverse career paths and the journeys of our female STEM academics at Monash.
The talks are delivered by one or two female academics from different STEM fields in a highly engaging manner – they are ideal for undergraduate students. For STEM students, this is a great opportunity for you to connect and learn from your lecturers and understand why they are pursuing careers in STEM.
The first session will commence with Dr Lazendic-Galloway speaking about ‘Careers in STEM: From Supernova to colonising Mars.’ We hope you join us and learn more about our phenomenal STEM women at Monash.
Event Organiser:Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway Lecturer, Monash Faculty of Science.
Women academics who wish to participate in the STEM Lunch Talk series can contact Dr Lazendic-Galloway directly via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spotlight on Dr Jasmina Lazendic-Galloway
Lecturer, Monash Faculty of Science
School of Physics and Astronomy
“I am very fortunate – I have never in my life been told that women or girls are incapable of doing science. Throughout my education, I had the same number of female and male teachers in all disciplines. I majored in theoretical maths at first – the male:female ratio of students and professors was 50-50. When I switched to astronomy, women dominated the field slightly. While I didn’t have a role model, I was positively influenced by all my teachers, as well as my mother, my brother and my immediate family. With the gender gap persisting in many aspects of society, it is important to keep raising awareness of the important contributions women have made to society and why gender equality is important. Some of my students have been told in high school that they are not good enough to enrol in advanced maths or physics. That should not be happening - we need to counterbalance those negative narratives that science is not for women. When I came to Australia, my main PhD supervisor was a woman, and half of the PhD students in my cohort were female. So the state of things seemed very familiar to me - especially as my supervisor had a career break of 10 years to raise her children and she managed to return to academia! It was only when I had a career break to have children that I became aware of how much different things are in Australia - and ever since then I have been taking a keen interest in STEM gender issues. According to the latest Global Gender Gap Report by the World Economic Forum, Australia has 1.3 more male students than females graduating in the fields of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics. Research also shows that the gender gap is a consequence of a ‘social construct’. To narrow and remove the gap, we need to make an extra effort to support female scientists and make them more visible. I hope that all of our students, and especially female students will have a chance to see more female role models in STEM and be inspired by them. This was what inspired me to start Women in STEM Lunch Talk Series - so that our female students have a chance to connect with our female academics, even if they are not their lecturers. And for our female academics to have a chance to share their passion and pathways in STEM, so that our students can benefit from this shared experience.”