After months of receiving applications, we've combed through hundreds of worthy submissions for the third annual Influenster Women in STEM Scholarship. And at last, we're so excited to share with our Influenster community five amazing women who have demonstrated a passion and enthusiasm for helping to breakdown the barrier for women in the typically male-dominated STEM fields. Applicants were asked to write responses exploring their plans to recruit women into the STEM field—a cause that has always been near and dear to our hearts at Influenster.
“This year marked a significant increase in applicants to our scholarship program, a sign in and of itself that the tides are turning, with more women than ever excited and engaged in technical fields. As a female founder of a digital company, it’s important for me to share my own experience to help other women uncover their strengths and create a path to success,” says Elizabeth Scherle, President and Co-Founder of Influenster. She adds, “It all starts with an idea that solves a unique challenge. In the case of Influenster, that idea was to connect consumers with brands to streamline the feedback process. We were absolutely blown away with the number of incredible, innovative ideas included in this cycle’s application pool, and the progress these remarkable women have made in bringing them to life.”
Let's meet our winners:
Esraa ِAbdelmott, Rutgers-New Brunswick University, Master’s 2020, Computer Engineering
Adelmott led a team of two other students in developing a microelectromechanical system fabricating a biosensor to detect early-stage lung cancer in less than five minutes and at at a cost of only $20 per sensor. Because of Adelmott and her teams efforts, patients’ survival rates have increased from 15 percent to 49 percent.
Yulie Park, University of California Berkeley, Bachelor’s 2020, Computer Science
As a computer science major, Park seeks to impact real-world action on a larger scale through creative programming. She is studying machine learning and conducting AI research with a dream of becoming a Computer Science professor and growing her career from there.
Tahsina Sanam, Rutgers-New Brunswick University, Master’s 2019, Electrical and Computer Engineering
As the Vice President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Sanam hopes to recruit more women into STEM fields by regularly arranging tech seminars, hackathons, and panel discussions focusing on various topics that might be helpful for engaging more women in STEM.
Darshi Shah, Boston University, Bachelor’s 2019, Biomedical Engineering
Shah aspires to bridge the gap between biomedical engineering principles and medical research to improve patient care through advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions. She has worked to devise a means to delaying memory loss in dementia patients as well as innovative approaches to cancer treatment.
Lucy Spicher, Pennsylvania State University, Bachelor’s 2021, Biomedical & Mechanical Engineering
While working in Kisumu, Kenya, Spicher created the first economically safe 3D print prototype for stethoscope earpieces, repairing six sets for just 12 cents.
With sponsorship from United Charitable Fund, winners will receive a $1,000 award in support of their career aspirations to be used for tuition and/or academic expenses. We couldn't be more thrilled to support these women in their efforts to pursue careers in STEM. Congrats to our winners!