A mentoring program to support our next generation of female STEMM graduates

A mentoring program to support our next generation of female STEMM graduates

Five ambitious female PhD students from within Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) have been selected to take part in L'Oréal Australia & New Zealand’s 2019 Mentoring program, to support their future as STEMM researchers.

Our 2019 Mentees include:

Amy Kirke, Charles Darwin University
Grace Nixon, The University of Melbourne
Olivia Holloway, University of Tasmania
Jaclyn Swan, La Trobe University
Amy Martin, University of Auckland

The mentees will be mentored by the current L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellows, who have established themselves as exceptional researchers, communicators and leaders within their scientific fields and therefore have a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. The mentors support students providing objective feedback and sharing professional advice.

In addition to the mentoring program, the mentees will be invited to attend the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science ceremony in Sydney this November, as the special guests of L’Oréal Australia & New Zealand.

Females continue to be underrepresented within the senior and leadership positions within STEMM, irrespective that they contribute to half of our PhD graduates and early career researchers. In addition L'Oréal acknowledges that pressure experienced by students throughout their PhD degree can be significant and can lead to increased stress and anxiety. Therefore, through regular meetings/forums between the mentors and mentees L'Oréal hopes to provide a support network for the mentees.

“The fact that we continue to lose our female researchers and half of the world’s brightest thinkers, means the enormous potential that women contribute to STEMM is not being exploited fully. We continue to develop and expand the program to provide additional support for our future leaders ” Christine Burke, Communications Director, L'Oréal Australia.

This addition comes after years of L’Oréal considering the barriers faced by young women in STEMM. L'Oréal Australia and New Zealand consider there was an additional level of support needed for female post-graduate students, that could be facilitated by the For Women in Science program.