WiSE Scholarship Recipients 2021-2022
WiSE Scholarship Recipients 2021-2022
Across the globe, women are under-represented in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. According to the National Science Foundation’s report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, “As an example of the underrepresentation of women in S&E fields, the share of S&E research doctorates awarded to women in 2017 was 41% versus their 51.5% of the population and 47% of the labor force.”
In 2007, Dr. Ann M. Muir, Suzanne B. Patenaude, and Beverly Curtice, with the help of Dr. Dana Garcia of the Biology Department established the Women's Giving Circle to support women in STEM. Students attending Texas State University who are pursuing a degree in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics may apply for a tuition scholarship whose funds come from an endowed account made possible by the Women’s Giving Circle.
The Women’s Giving Circle proudly announces the recipients of $1,000 WiSE Tuition Scholarships for 2021-2022.
Anne Saika is a Master’s student majoring in biology. As a member of Dr. Nihal Dharmasiri’s lab, she is currently involved in a research project to study the connection between auxin and calcium signaling pathways in plants. In just two semesters at Texas State, she has already contributed as a co-author to a manuscript that has been recently submitted. In addition to her research, Anne has also gained teaching experience in Plant Physiology and Functional Biology labs.
“After graduation, I plan to return to my country and become a research faculty member in Bangladesh, where I will inspire my students to research the plant molecular field, especially girls, who are far behind in the research sector, sharing my knowledge with them to build their independence and careers. I also plan to open a nonprofit agricultural and business training organization for women and girls to train in crop cultivation and start-up their businesses as entrepreneurs with low cost and high profit.”
Katherine Ausanka will be graduating in December 2021 with her B.S. in Manufacturing Engineering. She is currently the President of The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) in the College of Science and Engineering at Texas State University. She has a passion of encouraging more females to study STEM and to become engineers. At Texas State University Engineering Insight Days, Katherine has spoken multiple times to high school students and families interested in engineering on her experience at Texas State in manufacturing engineering, including internships including one at Apple as a Recycling Innovation Engineering intern. Katherine’s mentor is Dr. Austin Talley.
“I have developed a strong interest in utilizing my engineering skills for reducing negative environmental impacts since my [internship] with Apple. More specifically I want to tackle this issue from a material engineering point-of-view. … I want to work for a company that is at the frontier of advancing environmental initiatives through technology and making a positive impact in the world.”
Daniela Cardus is an undergraduate biochemistry major who, in the spring 2020 semester, joined Dr. Todd Hudnall’s research group studying electrophilic carbene molecules detailing how their theoretical states can be architecturally produced in a laboratory setting. This very challenging project supported by the Welch Foundation on the synthesis of what is hoped to be the first ever diborylcarbenes. Daniela is also active in many extracurricular activities including: membership in Women in Medicine and the Biochemistry Society, Chemistry Dept. Instructional Assistant, and a chemistry tutor.
“I hope to continue my studies in graduate school to speculate the importance of biochemical research from the medicinal standpoint to save and protect human life. By listening to other women in science and through my journey as a biochemist, I hope to place a spotlight on the remarkable ideas and curiosity we possess to spark a groundbreaking discovery leading to the advancement of women in science.”
Since 2010, the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Initiative has awarded merit-based scholarships to Texas State University STEM majors who have an outstanding record of scholarship, STEM-related research involvement and activities, co-curricular achievement, and who demonstrate their commitment to a career in STEM. Students who are majors in STEM and STEM-related fields apply annually for these scholarships, and they are awarded during that year's WiSE Conference.
Meet our past WiSE scholarship awardees!