ANU Fifty50 is delighted to present our “Role Models in STEM” series, aimed at providing positive role models to foster gender equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. By celebrating the achievements of people in STEM, we want to ensure young people have a future filled with opportunities regardless of gender and the associated unconscious bias that comes with that.

This week we are speaking to Dr Kai Xun Chan, who has been named 2017 ACT Scientist of the Year. This annual award recognises the achievements of early-career researchers and seeks to celebrate and showcase scientific excellence in the ACT and inspire young people to pursue a career in science. Dr Chan is a postdoctoral fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology where he researches how different components of a plant cell communicate and coordinate with one another in order to respond to changing environmental conditions. In addition to this prestigious award, Dr Chan has won numerous awards during his career thus far and will commence the prestigious Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2018. Here’s what Dr Chan shared about studying at ANU and his advice for aspiring young scientists.

Fifty50 Role Model: Dr Kai Xun Chan

Continuing in this series of interviews, we caught up with Ellen Cliff, who was named the Queensland Rhodes Scholar for 2017. The Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to students around the world to support postgraduate study at the University of Oxford. Ellen has recently moved to Oxford, England to begin her PhD in Biogeochemistry at their Department of Earth Sciences. Ellen completed a Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) in Chemistry and Marine Science at ANU, in addition to contributing to National Science Week in 2015 & 2016, working as a demonstrator for undergraduate courses and as a research assistant in the Research School of Biology and the Research School of Earth Sciences. Find out what Ellen had to say about her experience at ANU and in STEM here!

Fifty50 Role Model: Ellen Cliff

The second instalment of our Role Model’s of Fifty50 is here! In this interview we’ve spoken with Dr Sophie Lewis from Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Climate Change Institute at ANU. Read about her experience in STEM here.

Fifty50 Role Mode: Dr Sophie Lewis

To launch the “Role Model’s in STEM” series, we caught up with Toby Hendy, a recipient of the 2017 ANU Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship who will begin her PhD in Physics in August at the Research School of Physics, ANU.
Here’s what she shared about her experiences in STEM.