Winners of US women in STEM scholarship announced

Five women from universities across the US have been awarded $1,000 to support their career aspirations

A scholarship supporting women in STEM across the US has announced its winners for 2019.

Each of the five winners will receive a $1,000 award to contribute to tuition and/or academic expenses in pursuit of their STEM career goals.

The scholarship, run by retail reviewer site Influenster, and supported by the non-profit United Charitable Fund, recognises women who have already made a unique contribution and impact on their area(s) of study, and who have a clear future vision.

Entrants were required to submit written responses detailing their interests, achievements, and thoughts about how best to recruit more women in the traditionally male-dominated STEM fields.


You might also like: Jisc competition seeks to boost future of tech-augmented research


The five winners are:

  • Esraa Abdelmotteleb, Rutgers-New Brunswick University

Master’s 2020, computer engineering
Adelmotteleb led a team of two other students developing a micro-electro-mechanical system, fabricating a biosensor to detect early-stage lung cancer in less than 5 minutes which costs only $20 per sensor, ultimately increasing patients’ survival rates from 15% to 49%.

  • 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 

PhD 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 combine biomedical engineering principles with a passion for medicine to improve patient care through advanced diagnostic and therapeutic solutions, and has worked to devise a means to delay 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, through Penn State’s Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) programme, Spicher created the first economically safe 3D-print prototype for stethoscope earpieces, repairing six sets for just 12 cents. She is also director of SWE Stayover, a mentorship programme for high school students interested in engineering.


From the archives: Interview with Stemettes co-founder Anne Marie-Imafidon


Elizabeth Scherle, president and co-founder of Influenster, said: “This year marked a significant increase in applicants to our scholarship programme, a sign in and of itself that the tide is turning, with more women than ever excited and engaged in technical fields.

“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.”

For more information about the scholarship programme, visit https://www.influenster.com/scholarship