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Strategy and goals

The broader strategy of the University is to encourage STEM careers and to support girls to pursue them. STEM Girls is a focused initiative to achieve this goal.

STEM opportunities are provided to secondary students through UniSA Connect Programs. These include:

Beyond STEM Girls

STEM Girls participants have the opportunity to stay connected with each other, the University, partner industries and professionals as they progress to Year 12 and beyond.

Year 12 opportunities for STEM Girls include:

  • An invitation to a University sponsored International Women’s Day Breakfast. Girls will listen to accomplished female speakers, reconnect with each other and with the STEM Girls Champion.
  • Invitation to The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®), a national competition celebrating the research undertaken by PhD candidates. Competing for a chance to represent the University of South Australia at the Asia-Pacific 3MT® Final, PhD candidates communicate their research in three minutes using a single slide and non-technical language.

VC-with-2018-STEM-Girls-at-IWD-Breakfast-email-web.jpgPhoto: UniSA Vice Chancellor Prof David Lloyd with the 2018 STEM Girls cohort, attending the 2019 International Women's Day Breakfast at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

University and beyond

UniSA’s Women in STEM Club is a proactive group which organises social functions, professional and personal development workshops and generally provides a supportive environment for undergraduate women studying STEM related programs.

Former STEM Girls participants have continued their passion for the area through their tertiary studies and careers, taking with them the experience gained through the support of their high school education and initiatives such as STEM Girls. 

beyond-girls-web.jpgPhoto: Franke was a member of the inaugural 2015 STEM Girls intake and is now studying a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Mechatronic) at the University of South Australia.