Monash University geologist is a STEM Superstar
Congratulations to Monash University geologist Dr Melanie Finch who has been named one of Australia’s official Superstars of STEM.
Dr Finch, from the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment is one of 60 brilliant women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who want to step into the spotlight as media stars chosen for this acclaimed national program.
The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews today officially announced those chosen for Science & Technology Australia’s game-changing Superstars of STEM program in 2021-22.
Science & Technology Australia Chief Executive Officer Misha Schubert said the program gave women in STEM stronger skills and confidence to step into expert commentary roles in the media.
“It’s hard to be what you can’t see,” she said. “Women are still seriously under-represented in STEM leadership roles.”
“The Superstars of STEM program sets out to smash stereotypes of what a scientist, technologist, engineer or mathematician look like – these powerful role models show girls that STEM is for them.”
Dr Finch, a lecturer at the School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment, is a geologist who specialises in understanding how rocks move, create mountain belts, and earthquakes.
“The Earth's tectonic plates constantly move past each other, creating some of the most dynamic geological landscapes on Earth, including huge mountain ranges,” Dr Finch said.
“I want to inspire others to see the world as a geologist does: to look at a rock and understand that it once held up a mountain chain as high as the Himalayas,” she said.
Welcoming the announcement Dr Finch said the Superstars of STEM program would provide her with the advanced communication skills needed to describe why her particular area of science was so exciting.
“The Superstars of STEM program will also increase the reach of my gender equity initiatives, including my Women of Earth Science newsletter and a virtual seminar series presented by Australian women Earth and environmental scientists,” Dr Finch said.
“I want to create a strong and supportive network of women geoscientists in Australia, and the Superstars of STEM program will help me achieve that.”