Queensland Women in STEM Prize

2022 Queensland Women in STEM Prize recipients announced

Congratulations to the four outstanding women named as recipients of the 2022 Queensland Women in STEM Prize. 

Now in its seventh year and presented by Queensland Museum Network and the Queensland Government, the prize recognises women who are making a difference to the world, in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) fields. 

The Judges’ Award was awarded to Katrina Wruck from the Queensland University of Technology, who for the past four years of her PhD research project, has been investigating environmentally friendly ways to convert mining waste products into synthetic zeolite.

This research into green energy conversion technologies has the potential to provide significant benefits for industries around the world that rely on the manufacture of synthetic zeolite by enabling the use of the mining waste to drive the industry towards a circular economy.

Katrina is an outstanding leader in her field who actively engages students and the wider community to encourage STEM uptake and is a passionate advocate for making STEM accessible for everyone, especially girls and First Nations students. 

The Breaking Barriers Award was awarded to Jennifer Leigh Campbell from Griffith University. As a proud Aboriginal woman, environmental engineer, researcher and lecturer for the School of Engineering and Built Environment at Griffith, Jennifer is fostering diversity and inclusivity through programs to overcome the stigma around STEM careers and broaden the scope of representation in Queensland’s STEM industries. 

The Highly Commended Awards were presented to:

  • Alise Fox, a Fisheries Scientist who is using mathematics to monitor sustainable fishing levels and interpret rich datasets into stories from beneath the waves of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Johanna Nalau, an Adaptation Scientist, preparing and adapting for the impact of climate change by creating evidence-based models to support decision makers in climate policy.