Women in STEM Awards
6.30pm, 24 October 2024
The Round Room at Mansion House, Dublin

Nominations close 28th June.

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2024 Categories

Nominate Now for the Women in STEM Awards 2024!

Do you know an exceptional woman making waves in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) in Ireland? Nominate her for the Women in STEM Awards 2024 and give her the recognition she deserves!

Nominations close on June 28th, 2024. Don’t wait until it’s too late.
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Women in STEM AWARD – Science

This award will go to the woman most deserving of recognition for her achievements in science this year. You may work at one of the largest firms, or sit at the top of science at a not-for-profit organisation that’s making a huge difference. 

The important thing is you’re working at the forefront of science doing incredible things, inspiring your organisation and standing out. The winning submission will demonstrate excellence in the field of science. This could be the result of personal effort or as part of a team, but the entrant must demonstrate how her contribution made a significant impact, and why it goes above and beyond the usual expectations of her role.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have achieved excellence in the field of science. (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the Women in Science award. (250 words max) – 25 points
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Women in STEM AWARD – Technology

Which female tech executive has made the biggest difference in the last 12 months? You may work at one of the largest firms, or sit at the top of IT at a not-for-profit organisation that’s making a huge difference. The important thing is you’re working at the forefront of technology doing incredible things, inspiring your organisation and standing out. 

The winning submission will demonstrate excellence in the field of technology. This could be the result of personal effort or as part of a team, but the entrant must demonstrate how her contribution made a significant impact, and why it goes above and beyond the usual expectations of her role.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have achieved excellence in the field of technology. (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the Women in STEM Technology award. (250 words max) – 25 points

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Women in STEM AWARD – Engineering

Which female engineer has made the biggest difference in the last 12 months? You may work at one of the largest firms, or sit at the top of engineering at a not-for-profit organisation that’s making a huge difference. The important thing is you’re working at the forefront of engineering doing incredible things, inspiring your organisation and standing out. 

The winning submission will demonstrate excellence in the field of engineering. This could be the result of personal effort or as part of a team, but the entrant must demonstrate how her contribution made a significant impact, and why it goes above and beyond the usual expectations of her role.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have achieved excellence in the field of engineering. (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the Women in Engineering award. (250 words max) – 25 points

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Women in STEM AWARD - Energy

Which female in the energy sector has made the biggest difference in the last 12 months? You may work at one of the largest firms, or sit at the top of energy at a not-for-profit organisation that’s making a huge difference. The important thing is you’re working at the forefront of energy engineering doing incredible things, inspiring your organisation and standing out. 

The winning submission will demonstrate excellence in the field of energy engineering. This could be the result of personal effort or as part of a team, but the entrant must demonstrate how her contribution made a significant impact, and why it goes above and beyond the usual expectations of her role.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have achieved excellence in the field of engineering. (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the Women in Engineering award. (250 words max) – 25 points

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Women in STEM AWARD – Maths

Which female expert in numbers has made the biggest difference in the last 12 months? You may be an actuary, or work at one of the largest insurance or fintech companies; sit at the top of accountancy, finance or other maths-related areas at a not-for-profit organisation that’s making a huge difference. The important thing is you’re using mathematics, doing incredible things, inspiring your organisation and standing out. 

The winning submission will demonstrate excellence in her field whether in fintech, data analytics, IT, statistics, meteorology, computer programming, or other area where maths are a part of your day-to-day. This could be the result of personal effort or as part of a team, but the entrant must demonstrate how her contribution made a significant impact, and why it goes above and beyond the usual expectations of her role.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points

  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points

  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have achieved excellenceusing maths. (250 words max) – 25 points

  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the Women in Maths award. (250 words max) – 25 points

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Women in STEM AWARD - Health Technology

Which female in the healthcare technology has made the biggest difference in the last 12 months? You may work in the public sector, at one of the largest firms, or sit at the top of a healthcare technology not-for-profit organisation that’s making a huge difference. The important thing is you’re working at the forefront of technology in the health sector doing incredible things, inspiring your organisation and standing out. This award celebrates a woman displaying total excellence in the field of health technology.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have achieved excellence in the field of maths. (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the Women in Maths award. (250 words max) – 25 points
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Male Champion of Change Award

Gender equality in STEM requires the support and active participation of all genders, including male allies who champion change.

The “Male Champion of Change Award” category celebrates men who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to advancing gender equity in STEM fields. From advocating for policies and practices that support women in STEM, to actively mentoring and sponsoring women in their organisations, these male champions of change are leading by example, driving meaningful progress and standing up for equality and helping to create a more inclusive and diverse STEM community.

  • Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  • Advocacy: The applicant should demonstrate a record of advocating for gender equality and inclusion in their organisation or industry. They must give examples of promoting DE&I policies or initiatives, mentoring programs or programs that support women’s advancement. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • Impact: The applicant should demonstrate how their efforts have made an impact on their organisation or industry, such as increasing the number of women in leadership positions, promoting pay equity, or reducing gender-based discrimination.  (250 words max) – 25 points
  • Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen as the 2023 Male Champion of Change. (250 words max) – 25 points

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STEM Mentor of the Year Award

Behind every successful woman in STEM is a great mentor!

This award recognises outstanding mentors who have made a significant impact on the personal and professional development of women in STEM. From providing guidance and support to helping mentees navigate challenging career decisions, these mentors have gone above and beyond to empower and uplift women in STEM fields.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how you/they have achieved excellence in mentorship (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen for the STEM Mentor of the Year Award (250 words max) – 25 points

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Outstanding Returner Award

This award celebrates women who have taken a break from their STEM careers and have successfully returned to the workforce, bringing with them renewed passion, skill, and dedication. 

Whether it’s due to caring for children or other family members, pursuing further education, or other life events, we understand that taking time away from work can be challenging. That’s why we want to recognise those who have successfully navigated the return to STEM careers and are making outstanding contributions to their field. 

This award recognises the resilience and achievements of these inspiring returners who are showing us that career breaks are not career-ending, but rather an opportunity to come back stronger than ever.

  • The applicant must have taken a break from their STEM career for a minimum of two years and returned to make a significant contribution to their field. Outline the contribution that was made. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • The applicant must demonstrate the ability to overcome challenges during their time away from their STEM career and showcase how they applied their skills and experience to succeed upon their return. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • The applicant should demonstrate leadership skills, including motivating and inspiring others in their field. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • The applicant should demonstrate how they have updated their skills and knowledge during their break from their STEM career, and how they applied this new learning to make a significant contribution upon their return. (250 words max) – 25 points

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STEM Employer of the Year

Attracting and retaining diverse and talented individuals is essential for driving innovation and success in STEM fields. 

The STEM Employer of the Year award category celebrates organisations that are leading the way in creating inclusive and supportive work environments for women in STEM. From implementing flexible work arrangements to providing robust professional development opportunities, these employers are committed to empowering and advancing women in STEM careers. 

These are the organisations that are setting the standard for excellence in workplace culture and gender equity, and inspiring others to do the same.

  • Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  • Workplace culture: The applicant should demonstrate a positive and inclusive workplace culture that supports women’s advancement, such as offering flexible work arrangements, providing professional development opportunities, or promoting work-life balance. In turn, achieving high employee satisfaction and retention rates (250 words max) – 25 points
  • Diversity and inclusion: The applicant should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion in their hiring, retention, and promotion practices, such as implementing bias-free hiring, promoting pay equity, or providing leadership opportunities for women. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen as the 2023 STEM Employer of the Year (250 words max) – 25 points

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Role Model of the Year

The Role Model of the Year Award category recognises women who have served as exceptional mentors, advocates, and leaders in the field of STEM.

It will celebrate exceptional women, and recognise their profound impact on the world of STEM. These women have inspired and empowered others through their work, whether by serving as mentors to young women in STEM, advocating for diversity and inclusion in their workplaces or communities, or serving as exceptional leaders and trailblazers in their fields.

Through their achievements and dedication, they have become role models for the next generation of women in STEM, inspiring them to pursue their passions and make their mark on the world. 

  • The applicant should be an active advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM and demonstrate a commitment to mentoring others in the field. (350 words max) – 30 points
  • The applicant must have a proven track record of making a significant contribution to their STEM field and showcasing their success in various public forums. (350 words max) – 35 points
  • The applicant should demonstrate leadership skills, including inspiring and motivating others to pursue a career in STEM. (350 words max) – 35 points

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STEM Recruitment Campaign of the Year

This award category recognises innovative and effective recruitment campaigns that have successfully attracted diverse and talented women to pursue careers and degrees in STEM.

The judges are looking for organisations, institutions, or individuals who have created campaigns that utilised creative and engaging methods to showcase the exciting opportunities and possibilities available in STEM fields, while also highlighting the contributions of women to the industry. Through their efforts, they have inspired more women to pursue STEM careers, and have helped to address the gender imbalance in these fields.

  • Creativity: Clearly demonstrate a creative and innovative approach to attracting and recruiting STEM talent, such as using social media, hosting events, or creating targeted marketing campaigns. (350 words max) – 25 points
  • Effectiveness: Show how the campaign has successfully attracted and recruited diverse, qualified candidates in STEM fields, such as increasing the number of female applicants or improving retention rates. (350 words max) – 25 points
  • Impact: Outline the impact of the recruitment campaign on the organisation’s success, such as improving the quality of hires, reducing hiring costs, or increasing employee diversity and satisfaction. (350 words max) – 25 points
  • The campaign should demonstrate a sustainable approach, including a clear plan for continued progress towards greater diversity and inclusion in the future. (350 words max) – 25 points

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Excellence in Graduate STEM Career Services Award

This award celebrates and recognises the outstanding efforts of careers services and work placement officers in third level universities and institutions who are dedicated to helping students and graduates excel in their STEM careers.

This award highlights innovative strategies and best practices used by universities and institutions to support STEM graduates in securing rewarding positions and building successful careers. This award honours services that offer comprehensive career development resources, including mentorship, networking opportunities, and skills training, while also promoting diversity and inclusivity in STEM careers. Through showcasing success stories, this award identifies careers services and work placement officers that continue to improve their services for STEM graduates, setting new standards of excellence. 

Being recognised in this award not only acknowledges the hard work and dedication of your team but also attracts the best and brightest STEM students to your institution, providing them with the tools to succeed in their chosen careers.

  • The program must have a proven track record of successfully helping graduates secure employment in their STEM field.(250 words max) – 25 points
  • The program should offer a variety of professional development opportunities, including mentorship, career coaching, and networking events. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • The program should demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion, including outreach to underrepresented communities in STEM. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • Provide at least 2 success stories to support your submission. (350 words max) – 25 points

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Female STEM Graduate of the Year  

This category celebrates the exceptional achievements of female graduates who are making their mark in STEM fields.

These graduates are paving the way for the next generation of women in STEM, demonstrating outstanding academic and professional achievements, innovative thinking, and a commitment to excellence. Whether they’re pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics, these women are showing that there are no limits to what can be achieved with hard work, passion, and determination.

This award will recognise the outstanding accomplishments of these female STEM graduates and their invaluable contributions to the world of STEM. Graduate should have completed her studies in the past three years to qualify for this award. 

  • Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  • The applicant must demonstrate exceptional technical skills and knowledge in their STEM field, including practical application of their academic learning to real-world problems and challenges. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • The applicant should showcase a strong work ethic, with a proven track record of delivering high-quality work on time and on budget. (250 words max) – 25 points
  • The applicant must demonstrate an ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, with effective communication skills and a willingness to learn and adapt to new situations and challenges. (250 words max) – 25 points

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Rising Star of the Year

Our Rising Star of the Year Award category celebrates the next generation of women in STEM who are already making waves in their respective fields. 

The award will recognise remarkable women as they continue to blaze a trail in STEM.These up-and-coming stars have demonstrated exceptional talent, ambition, and potential, and are already making significant contributions to their organisations, research projects, or academic pursuits. 

Whether they’re just starting their careers or pursuing advanced degrees, these women are the future of STEM, and this award aims to recognise their achievements and potential. 

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Outreach: The applicant should demonstrate a record of outreach to girls in promoting STEM education, such as organising events, workshops, or mentorship programs that encourage girls to pursue STEM careers. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Impact: The applicant should demonstrate how their outreach has made a significant impact on girls’ participation and achievement in STEM education, such as increasing enrollment, improving performance, or promoting diversity and inclusion. (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Collaboration: The applicant should demonstrate collaboration with other organisations or individuals, such as forming partnerships, or sharing resources to promote girls in STEM education. (250 words max) – 25 points

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STEM Woman of the Year

The STEM Woman of the Year Award is a celebration of a remarkable woman who has made outstanding contributions to the field of STEM. 

Her achievements may transcend multiple categories, showcasing the breadth and depth of her impact. Her success is truly inspiring and a testament to her dedication and hard work, and she has brought about significant change and progress in her organisation. As a visible leader and role model, she is paving the way for future generations of female STEM professionals.

This award recognises the challenges she has personally overcome as a woman in a typically male-dominated field, and how she has risen above them to achieve great success. Her leadership has made a significant impact, going above and beyond what is expected of her role. This award celebrates her exceptional achievements and encourages others to follow in her footsteps, pursuing their passions and making a difference in the world of STEM.

  1. Provide a career overview detailing professional achievements (350 words max) – 25 points
  2. Provide examples of their leadership qualities and indicate how they have demonstrated these qualities throughout their career. (250 words max) – 25 points
  3. Please provide examples of how they/you have overcome challenges to achieve excellence and succeeded in a traditionally male dominated industry (250 words max) – 25 points
  4. Give any other reasons why you/they should be chosen as the 2023 STEM Woman of the Year. (250 words max) – 25 points

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Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year

We believe that diversity and inclusion are essential for driving innovation and progress in STEM fields. 

The Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of the Year award category recognises outstanding initiatives that are making a significant impact in creating a more diverse and inclusive STEM community. From promoting inclusive hiring practices to providing mentorship and support for underrepresented groups in STEM fields, these initiatives are breaking down barriers and creating opportunities for everyone to thrive.

This award celebrates the individuals and organisations that are leading the charge in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM.

  • The initiative should demonstrate a clear commitment to diversity and inclusion in STEM, including outreach to underrepresented communities and creating an inclusive workplace culture. (350 words max) – 35 points
  • The initiative should showcase a measurable impact on improving diversity and inclusion within the organisation and the broader STEM community. (350 words max) – 30 points
  • The initiative should demonstrate a sustainable approach, including a clear plan for continued progress towards greater diversity and inclusion in the future. (350 words max) – 35 points

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