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18 March 2021 News Release

Young Indigenous women in Year 9 from Western Australia, Western Sydney, Newcastle and the NSW Central Coast are invited to explore opportunities for careers in science through the Young Indigenous Women’s STEM Academy, run by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO.

The Academy provides students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) study and career pathways, with personalised support and resources throughout high school, university and on to graduate employment.

Participants receive mentoring by a dedicated CSIRO Academic Coordinator and access to an online community of peers, Indigenous STEM leaders, and academic advisors.

Students also take part in activities such as STEM camps, work experience, and STEM extension activities throughout their time in the Academy.

Academy Program Manager, Cassandra Diamond said she was excited to open applications.

"We know that young women, and particularly young women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, have a lot to offer STEM fields," Ms Diamond said.

"They have their own unique cultural perspectives and knowledges to bring to their studies, and in the future, to industry.

"Our participants also benefit from accessing leading CSIRO educational programs including the computational thinking competition Bebras and the Creativity in Research, Engineering, Science and Technology program.

"Our graduates will be well-placed to succeed in their studies and to enter university directly from school – and we're excited to see what they will achieve in STEM beyond that point!"

CSIRO delivers the 10-year initiative to increase the participation of young Indigenous women in STEM in partnership with CareerTrackers and the National Indigenous Australian Agency.

Applications are now open for the Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy 2021. Eligibility criteria applies. Applications close Monday 9 April.

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Inaugural Young Indigenous Women's STEM Academy camp participants 2020.

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