“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”- Marie Curie, Polish Physicist and Chemist
On April 28, 2018, the AUW Center for Career Development and International Programs (CDIP) in collaboration with the AUW Science and Math Center successfully organized its first Women in STEM Forum and Networking event, with more than 100 participants including students, alumnae, panel speakers, faculty, and external organizations. The event, moderated by Professor A.K.M. Moniruzzaman Mollah, Head of AUW Science and Math Program, started with a virtual keynote from Dr. Joyvina Evans, Academic Program Director at Columbia Southern University (CSU). Speaking on the theme: Pursue, Persist, and Persevere: Success Strategies for a Thriving Career in STEM, Dr. Joyvina narrated her struggles and challenges in her journey through earning a PhD, authoring two books, and starting the ventures, Confidence Academy and Confident Teens Rock Mentoring Program. “When one door closes on your face, open another door. As many doors close on your face, create your own door.” She shared.
The panel reactors comprised of Prof Hasina Anupama Azhari, Chairman and Professor of the Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering at Gono Biswabidyalay (GB University), Ashok Pandey, Research Fellow at CSF Global, Bangladesh, and Sameera H. Wadood, Security Risk Management Engineer with a specialization in cyber security at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Bangladesh. Each panel speakers, after adding their insights to the keynote, moved on to talk about their career aspects. Dr. Hasina emphasized on her hardship as being an only female Physics student at University and how crucial it is to train oneself to tackle the resistance that comes when introducing change. Mr. Ashok, a public health enthusiast, spoke about the importance of incorporating ethics while conducting a research while Ms. Sameera spoke on the continual importance for a woman in STEM to not be afraid to ask for what she’s worth.
Then followed a Q&A session where the students mainly expressed queries relating to post graduation avenues, and exploring opportunities in other fields except STEM. After that, the floor was open for networking, which allowed the students to interact closely with the panels and the external organizations present in the event.
Women in STEM Forum and Networking event concluded as a great platform of fruitful interactions, idea and knowledge sharing, and network building not only for students, but also for CDIP, AUW Science & Math Center, and employers and university partners. “I was inspired and motivated by the distinguished speakers and look forward to my own future with optimism and also to future events like these.” One of the public health students shared. CDIP aims to organized similar events in the future to facilitate more networking and growth opportunities for students.
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The Center for Career Development and International Programs (CDIP) is organizing more engagements this SY 2018-2019 through strategic partnerships, mentorships, leadership & career development workshops and professional exposures, among others. For more information, or to start a partnership with AUW CDIP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.