As a leading women’s empowerment and innovative science firm, Mary Kay Inc. names six recipients of the 2022 Young Women in STEAM grant program for making great contributions to STEAM fields worldwide – science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.
In 2020, Mary Kay launched the Young Women in STEAM grant program and social campaign to help shift the perception of “the face of science,” and encourage young women to pursue STEAM paths. According to UNESCO, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, women remain a significant minority in scientific fields and are still under-represented in areas such as computing, digital information technology, engineering, mathematics, and physics.
What is the purpose of Mary Kay’s grant program?
“At Mary Kay, we celebrate young women who are embracing higher education and careers in STEAM areas as we help narrow the gender gap and bias in scientific and related fields,” said Dr. Lucy Gildea, Chief Innovation Officer, Product and Science for Mary Kay Inc.
“It’s no secret that women are underrepresented in STEAM industries, and we want to change that by offering grants to encourage young women to in their pursuits in the fields.”
“Our 2022 Young Women in STEAM grant recipients are blazing trails around the world and helping to solve some of humanity’s most complex problems through science and innovation. We are proud to recognize their contributions and by supporting these remarkable young women, we continue Mary Kay’s steadfast mission of enriching women’s lives worldwide.”
Who were the grant winners?
The recipients of Mary Kay’s 2022 Young Women in STEAM grant program are highlighted on the company’s global social media channels and will receive $2,500 USD grants to assist with their current or future STEAM endeavors. The 2022 Young Women in STEAM grant recipients:
Fengyun Chen, 17 (China)
Her projects entail physics and the role of clean energy in environmental sustainability. In 2017, Chen founded Yun Energy, an alliance of science and technology innovation that serves 20,000 people per year through courses in scientific enlightenment and physics.
She conducted a 30-day investigation with her father that also led to the invention of the Water Distribution Device of Power Generated by Geothermal Energy and Air 3.0. Fengyun Chen believes STEAM education allows students to explore practical ideas through hands-on experimentation that stimulates creativity and imagination.
Angela Busheska, 20 (Macedonia)
The research-innovator was inspired to pursue STEAM after joining her 7th grade math Olympiad team where she fell in love with solving problems. As a developer of the EnRoute app, Busheska helps users live a more sustainable lifestyle by utilizing machine learning to help users abandon fast fashion. She encourages other young women to join STEAM fields and looks forward to seeing humanity utilize STEAM tech for greater social good.
Aruna Sherma, 20 (Germany)
Her project is focused on developing an alternative contrasting agent for MRI scans that replace the conventional agent, gadolinium. Sherma has worked in four different labs to develop the contrast agent, and a series of tests at the University of Hamburg has shown it to be biocompatible with a stronger effect in MRI scans at a lower dosage than gadolinium.
Although STEAM subjects can be daunting, she believes diversity is important in all fields and feels women are just as capable as men of shaping the future in technology and research.
Farzana Alam Eshita, 23 (Australia)
As a civil engineer and honors student at the Monash University in Australia, Eshita’s final year project focuses on investigating the development of shear bands in triaxially loaded sand bands using x-ray computed tomography. Her current projects also include engineering major road projects in accordance with Australian standards and development of a landmark sports complex structure highlighting excellence in architectural and urban design.
She believes being a female in STEAM offers benefits like the opportunity to gain confidence, improve problem-solving abilities, and develop new educational and employment prospects.
Jingyuan Xu, 31 (Germany)
The energy conversion technologist and sustainable energy champion is a research fellow at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany. Xu’s research focuses on sustainable energy technologies to provide economical solutions in cooling, heating, and power.
She is passionate about applying her expertise to minimize global-primary energy use and reduce CO2 emissions. In her view, women in STEAM boost team spirit, and the diversity that comes with inclusivity produces better science. She encourages young girls to pursue STEAM fields with enthusiasm and follow their hearts to benefit the world with breakthrough science.
Eizelle Yee, 30 (Philippines)
An environmentalist, architect, and entrepreneur, Eizelle Yee from the Philippines is a founding member of Pocket Garden, a public space design collective started by a group of volunteers who co-create and design shareable green spaces in the Philippines. She believes women have a keen eye for detail that helps marry art and science in an organized fashion.
She feels collaborations between diverse cultures and traditions can bring inclusive and relatable creations in the fields of science, tech, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.
For more information on the Young Women in STEAM grant program, visit the website.