WiSTEMM stands for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine. The network’s core aim is to encourage more women to enter and develop careers in science, engineering, and medicine. The network is directly linked to the Athena SWAN Charter, which aims to advance the careers of women in STEMM academia and beyond; CLES Cornwall was awarded a Silver award in April 2015.
Who is it for?
Although the network was originally designed primarily to support women, it aims to facilitate equality and diversity in general. It is, therefore open to all students from CLES, CEMPS and UEMS based at the University of Exeter in Cornwall (Penryn and Truro). Monthly guest speakers will be arranged for the third Wednesday of every month at the Penryn Campus.
How do I get involved?
The Network meets regularly so that members can hear from each other, participate in tutorials and workshops, and hear from inspiring visiting speakers. Our most recent guest was the Marshall Scholar Ophelia Jackson, who celebrated International Women's Day with us by discussing her interdisciplinary STEMM work, her outreach activities, and her experiences with equality and diversity in STEMM. If you are interested in finding out about future activities, or would like to propose an event, please contact Sophie Sinclair-Brown and make sure to join the WiSTEMM Facebook page.
WiSTEMM Network Scholarship
The WiSTEMM Network is pleased to announce the availability of merit-based funding designed to support applicants' efforts to further their careers in STEMM. You can apply for the scholarship if you are pursuing a STEMM-focused University of Exeter degree and would like to engage in a developmental activity (e.g., conference attendence, networking opportunity, visit to industry parter) that cannot be funded by other University means. There is a rolling deadline, so you can apply at any time, but keep in mind that the funding is finite.
To apply for a WiSTEMM Network Scholarship, please email Dr Caitlin Kight with the following details:
- Your name, degree programme, and year of study
- Information on how much funding you need, what you plan to use it for, and why you cannot find alternative funding elsewhere
- Details on how/why the activity you're pursuing will advance your STEMM goals
- A description of how your experience can be used to help others (e.g., Will you give a presentation to the WiSTEMM Network once you return? Will you write up the experience in a student blog? Will you live tweet the event? Will you apply the knowledge gained during student society activities?)
We look forward to receiving your applications and helping you further your STEMM goals!