Female science and biomedicine students ‘Sprint’ to success
The Monash Faculty of Science together with the Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) will host the 2019 ‘Sprint’ Undergraduate Women's Development Program, a three-day event aimed at enhancing the educational experience and future professional lives of female scientists.
Top female undergraduates in their final or penultimate year from the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science will take part in the program. Just over half of the participating cohort are Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Science double degree students.
Inspired by Oxford University research, ‘Sprint’ has been successfully run at both Oxford and Cambridge universities.
It gives female students tips and inspiration promoting active engagement with their studies and careers, improves self-esteem and helps them to hone their goals and aspirations, broaden their ideas about careers and opportunities, widen their networks and make links with sponsoring organisations.
Sprint was instigated in 2017 by Monash Science Associate Dean Education, Associate Professor Chris Thompson and the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute.
“The program is about supporting and developing our students’ capabilities as part of their educational experience at Monash,” said Associate Professor Thompson.
“It’s designed to equip female undergraduate students with skills and confidence so that they can make the most of opportunities coming their way and overcome any obstacles,” he said.
The program is one of the many initiatives that form part of the Faculty of Science’s commitment to gender equity. It will run on 27, and 28 June and finish on 19 July.
Victoria’s lead scientist Dr Amanda Caples will be the guest speaker on the first day of the program.