The University of Southern Queensland will share in $3.9 million in funding from the Turnbull Government to encourage girls and women to study and pursue careers in science technology engineering and maths.
The funding is the first round of the new $8 million Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship grant program under the National Innovation and Science Agenda.
Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh said USQ would receive $248 167 which would not only help more girls and women to get involved in STEM but also inspire them to continue on into the workforce.
“Women are under-represented in STEM related studies and professions with only one in four IT graduates and fewer than one in 10 in engineering ” Dr McVeigh said.
“This funding will help USQ foster entrepreneurship by women in rural regional and remote Queensland. The project will focus on but not be limited to women in agriculture ” he said.
“The project will involve Regional Innovation Popups webinars online workshops coaching programs and digital hubs. This will build extra capacity in these our regional communities and encourage women into science technology and engineering roles.
“USQ already has a number of outstanding female role models in these disciplines. This project will hopefully allow them to mentor and encourage a new wave of participants in these areas.”
Minister for Industry Innovation and Science Greg Hunt said the Turnbull Government is committed to improving gender equity and boosting female participation in STEM fields.
“A wide range of projects will receive funding from building interest in STEM for primary school age students to supporting post-graduates and women already pursuing STEM careers and encouraging entrepreneurship among women.” Minister Hunt said.
“This is part of a concerted national effort to overcome the cultural institutional and organisational factors that discourage girls and women from studying STEM and choosing careers that require STEM skills.”
Applications for a second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship program will open in 2017.
For details on all projects funded see www.business.gov.au/womenSTEM
Above: Professor Retha Wiesner with Member for Groom Dr John McVeigh at the announcement of the $248 167 to the University of Southern Queensland to encourage more women and girls into STEM research.