Queensland Women in STEM Prize

Showcasing inspiring women working in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM), whose practice benefits Queenslanders.

What's important

  • Applications are now closed. 
  • Various cash prizes are available to support professional development opportunities.

About 2022 Queensland Women in STEM Prize

The 2022 Queensland Women in STEM Prize recognises the valuable contribution of Queensland women working in STEM careers and aims to inspire women and girls to start and thrive in STEM careers for the benefit of the whole community.

Queensland's female experts in STEM fields are international leaders and at the forefront of many breakthroughs and discoveries. They are working to make a difference to the wellbeing of individuals and communities locally, nationally and internationally.

The competition identifies female STEM professionals who are making a positive contribution to their individual field and engaging with a broader community. 

Professional development awards were announced:

  • Judges' Award presented to Katrina Wruck from QUT, 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.
  • The Breaking Barriers Award presented to Jennifer Leigh Campbell from Griffith University, a proud Aboriginal woman, environmental engineer, researcher and lecturer who 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.
  • 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. 


Applications are now closed.  

The Queensland Women in STEM Prize is open to any person who identifies as a woman and is working in a STEM field, including as a professional, scientist, researcher or student from any company, institute, government, university, not-for-profit or educational institution.

Students or anyone who has been in a STEM profession for less than 12 years are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be an Australian citizen or a permanent Australian resident, and must reside and undertake STEM activities/research in Queensland at the time of the award.

This prize is presented by Queensland Museum Network and the Queensland Government.

Increasing the awareness, understanding and participation in science in Queensland is one of the key priorities of the Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist's Engaging Queenslanders in Science strategy and the Office for Women and Violence Prevention Queensland Women's Strategy.

Watch the 2022 compilation video to:

  • hear from some extraordinary Queensland women working in STEM
  • learn the benefits of STEM careers including advice for girls and women.