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UCLan physics student one of five chosen to attend prestigious event

03 October 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Jasmin heads to the States for world’s largest women technologists conference

A University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) student has been selected as one of only five women from a national mentoring scheme to attend the world's largest gathering of women technologists held in the USA.

First year physics student Jasmin Evans will attend the Grace Hopper Celebration in Arizona next week, which celebrates women in computing, after she impressed the organisers of a summer mentoring scheme.

Jasmin took part in the four month 2014 Student to Stemette mentoring scheme earlier this year which brings together girls over the age of 16 with women currently working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to receive guidance and build networks for their future careers. Run in conjunction with Deutsche Bank, Stemettes exists to get more women and young girls interested in STEM activities.

After blogging about her experience the 19-year-old impressed the project’s organisers with her enthusiasm and was selected to be one of only five people from a pool of 40 to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grace Hopper Celebration. The event attracts over 2,000 women from around the world and features high profile speakers from a variety of industries.

Jasmin said:

“I was really shocked to be picked and I can’t wait to make the most of the opportunity to meet other women working in STEM subjects, explore new technologies being developed and even possibly steer my own future career options. "

I am a big advocator of encouraging girls to get more involved in science and technology and the Student to Stemette and Grace Hopper Celebration schemes share this sentiment.”

UCLan physics lecturer Dr Joanne Bibby commented: “It’s a fantastic achievement and a great opportunity for Jasmin that I’m sure she will relish. Jasmin is really great at engaging with the public and this became obvious after she helped out at UCLan’s annual Lancashire Science Festival in June; I’m sure she’ll take this passion with her to the Grace Hopper Celebration.”

Jasmin began her studies at UCLan as a foundation student in 2013 after she didn’t get the A-Level results she’d hoped for. “It gave me a second chance and I’ve made the most of it” she said.

“Studying in a university environment as a foundation student has increased my confidence and I’m really enjoying my physics degree studies.”

Jasmin also volunteers at Kielder Observatory near to her hometown of Hexham in Northumberland where she gives tours, shows visitors how to operate telescopes and hold talks for children on rocket building.

The ambitious student will attend the Grace Hopper Celebration in Phoenix, Arizona, from the 8 – 10 October where she will meet and network with industry leaders.