Feb 18, 2021People & Industry

Judging commences for Brighter-sponsored STEM scholarship

Natural gas is a known STEM field offering an incredible number of career pathways. What’s STEM? It’s an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Discussion around STEM has become particularly prominent in recent years as the workforce becomes increasingly technologised, and the Australian Government has called it “crucially important for our current and future productivity”.  

Further study of STEM subjects is aimportant pathway to many prominent positions within the natural gas sectorfrom chemical engineers and technologists to researchers and software designers, it’s a highly versatile industry. 

As such, gas is a natural fit for STEM-focused shindigaround the country, and they don’t come much bigger than the annual Science meets Parliament event. Organised by Science & Technology Australia (STA), it is one of the country’s leading conferences for STEM professionals, bringing together a host of industry talent and government officials to debate the future of Australian STEM. 

The 2021 event, which will be held virtually from 2 March to 1 April, will include the award of eight STEM-focused scholarships across four separate categories, which include Indigenous, STEM Pride, Regional, and Technology awards.  

These four scholarships recognise exceptional STEM practitioners in various fields. The Indigenous scholarship is open to people of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander heritage; the STEM Pride scholarship recognises the contribution of people from the LGBTQI+ community; the regional award is for STEM workers who work in rural or regional parts of Australia more than 150km from a major city; and the technology sponsorship recognises IT and engineering professionals. 

The judging period for the scholarship applications will run from today through to 23 February.

Brighter is proud to be a sponsor of the Regional and Technology scholarships this year. The Australian natural gas sector has grown into an essential industry largely through the combined efforts of rural and remote communities and engineering expertise. 

For more information about Science meets Parliament, visit the website here.