Influenster is already known for empowering members daily to share their voices and opinions. But that passionate spirit doesn't just end with our community! Influenster is a female-founded company that is committed to reversing the underrepresentation of women in STEM—science, technology, engineering, and math. To better acknowledge and empower women within those fields, Influenster founded the Influenster Women in STEM Scholarship that awards academic scholarships to female-identifying undergraduate and graduate students within their respective STEM fields.
Now in its fourth year, Influenster has received double the applications from last year, that now we will be awarding two rounds of scholarships—one in the Spring semester and one in the Fall. This round, applicants were asked to provide written responses on what motivates them to pursue careers in STEM. This year's five recipients are all undergraduate students with particular interests in technology at the intersection of environmental safety and healthcare. Each of these outstanding women will each receive $1,000 awards to use for tuition and/or academic expenses.
Stay tuned to Influenster as we'll be introducing you to our amazing winners throughout the week. But first, we want to introduce you to our own women in STEM right here at Influenster HQ! See what our very own Influenster women have to say about working within the STEM field.
Elizabeth Scherle, Co-founder
“I started a tech company in New York City a decade ago. I was one of the few—if not the only—female leaders in the room at meetings, events, and conferences, and, unfortunately, it still happens to this day. Interestingly, in the early days of computer science, it was a field dominated by women, and, today, there are so many technological products aimed at reaching female consumers. These are just a few of the many reasons we at Influenster are committed to helping reverse the underrepresentation of women in STEM."
Casey Anderson, Project Manager
“One of the great things about being a women in STEM is how much other women support each other in the field. There’s so much community and solidarity. It feels nice to know you have a whole community willing to help you and give advice. Fun fact: My favorite STEM moment was building puzzles for Siamangs at a zoo for my senior research project."
Sue Singh, Research Analyst
“I’m hugely inspired and in awe of all scientists and engineers working to solve climate change issues. Being a woman in STEM for me is having the necessary knowledge to lead the change I wish to see in the world from the front."
Sanika Gothivarekar, Research Analyst
“STEM gives you the freedom and flexibility in your job to clear a path for new ideas and gives you an opportunity to position yourself in front of the next ground-breaking technology. My advice to incoming STEM students is to believe in yourself and your capacity to grow. Take full advantage of campus and online resources and focus on taking up projects with real-life application rather than relying on just books! [But] apart from playing with data, I like playing volleyball. Before being a women in STEM I was a national level volleyball player."
Linh Le, Data Analyst
“As a woman in STEM, I feel extremely empowered by my female peers and predecessors in STEM and hope to encourage more women to go into STEM fields if they are interested—we should strive for a future where being a woman in STEM is a norm, not an exception. Advice I have for incoming freshmen is: don’t be afraid to explore as many things as possible and stay connected to your family/hometown/roots!"
Stay tuned as we give you a deeper look at our five winners of the 2020 Influenster Women in STEM Scholarship!