Queensland Women in STEM Prize 2021

Congratulations to the five outstanding women named as recipients of the 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize.

Now in its sixth 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.

Judges' Award

  • The Judges' Award was awarded to Chloe Yap from the Mater Research Institute within the Translational Research Institute and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. Chloe...

    The Judges' Award was awarded to Chloe Yap from the Mater Research Institute within the Translational Research Institute and the Institute for Molecular Bioscience at The University of Queensland. Chloe is using “big data” approaches to try to improve early autism diagnosis. Currently, without any biological “tests”, diagnosis is a major bottleneck that determines whether an autistic child is adequately supported and able to thrive.

Inclusion Award

  • The Inclusion Award was awarded to Christabel Webber from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Born profoundly deaf, and as a qualified researcher working in regional farming to help ensure...

    The Inclusion Award was awarded to Christabel Webber from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Born profoundly deaf, and as a qualified researcher working in regional farming to help ensure food security, Christabel seeks to improve soil health and higher grain yield.

Highly Commended Awards

  • Kate Kingston, Griffith University, who is investigating techniques for wine growers to improve their soil health by adding organic matter known as biochar.

    Kate Kingston, Griffith University, who is investigating techniques for wine growers to improve their soil health by adding organic matter known as biochar.

  • Sally McPhee, Griffith University, who is passionate about taking cutting-edge STEM out of the labs and onto the streets by providing STEM pathways, leadership and engagement opportunities for school students...

    Sally McPhee, Griffith University, who is passionate about taking cutting-edge STEM out of the labs and onto the streets by providing STEM pathways, leadership and engagement opportunities for school students and improving teacher confidence and capability in science.

2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize compilation video

The 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize recognises the valuable contribution of Queensland women working in STEM careers.

The prize is presented by Queensland Museum Network, the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist and the Office for Women and Violence Prevention.

  • We celebrate all women working across the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, and acknowledge all applicants of the 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize. Take a look at...

    We celebrate all women working across the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths, and acknowledge all applicants of the 2021 Queensland Women in STEM Prize. Take a look at this video. hear from some extraordinary Queensland women working in STEMlearn about the benefits of STEM careers – including advice for girls and women.

Past winners