ANU engineering PhD student Francesca Maclean has been awarded the 2017 Young ACT Woman of the Year for her work to promote gender equity in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) at the University.
The award was announced as part of celebrations for International Women's Day, and was one of three ACT Women's Awards presented by the ACT Minister for Women, Yvette Berry MLA.
Francesca and fellow student Emily Campbell founded a student-run volunteer organisation called Fifty50, which aims to develop an equitable and inclusive study and work environment, particularly for women.
Francesca was surprised and delighted to have received the award.
"It was a really big surprise. It's great to know that the wider community value the work we're doing to promote gender equity with Fifty50, and fostering a more inclusive STEM culture generally," she said.
Francesca has played a vital role in leading the group to run mentoring programs, workshops and public events, as well as mentoring many undergraduate female students herself.
The ACT Women's Awards recognise the achievements of women who have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of women and girls in the Canberra community.