A University of Wolverhampton student has been shortlisted for a national Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) award.
Adeola Gbakinro, 21, from London has been nominated for a ‘WISE One to Watch Award 2017’ in the national WISE Awards 2017 taking place in London next month.
WISE enables and energises people in business, industry and education to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Adeola is a third year Biomedical Science student in the Faculty of Science & Engineering. She is the President of the Biomedical Science Society which has partnered with the Institute of Biomedical Science and organises career related conferences as well as revision workshops for students.
She won the University’s Enterprise and Employability Gold Award earlier this year – an award that focuses on students gaining skills and qualities to maximise their chances of employability after graduation.
She said: “I was interested in science when I was at primary school and I continued with this into secondary school. During a gap year before University, I worked in the NHS and realised that there was a gap within the science and technology sector between men and women.
"I started a community project called UpliftTNG, offering young people from disadvantaged backgrounds a series of conferences and workshops designed to get them thinking about the opportunities that are open to them and inspire them to think about careers in all kinds of sectors.
I’m really excited to have been nominated for this award – it’s a real achievement after all of my hard work over the past few years and I hope to be celebrating a win at the awards ceremony next month.”
Adeola is also a Girlguiding Advocate and Brownie Leader where she volunteers on a weekly basis with girls aged 7 - 10, helping them develop their creativity skills and build new friendships. Her dedication in helping her local community earned her a place as a finalist for the Volunteer of the Year Award 2017 at the University.
With the aim of encouraging more girls to explore careers within STEM, Adeola is training to become a STEM Ambassador within the West Midlands.
Evelyn Forsyth-Barnett, WISE Awards & Promotions Officer, said: “The ‘WISE One to Watch’ award identifies young women, aged 21 and under, who are trailblazing and will light a fire under the next generation.
“The competition for this category has been extremely fierce and we have ten fantastic finalists, the winner will be chosen at the WISE Awards, via audience participation.”
The WISE Awards 2017 will take place on Thursday 9 November in London.
Good luck Adeola!