The Association for Women in the Sciences (AWIS) fundraised the award money for the first AWIS STEM awards in 2018. In 2019 they have again raised money with a national Quiz Night. 

The awards are for women who are engaged in a STEM-related programme of study, at undergraduate degree or post graduate level. The award monies may be given as one award or split into two or three (maximum) awards at the discretion of the NHWTHK Specific Purpose Awards panel

When deciding this award,the panel gives weight to applicants studying in a STEM-related field of study, where women are currently under-represented, and to applicants whose social identity is under-represented in their field of study.


Previous Awardees

Jessica Turner was one of 3 recipients to receive a share of the $9,000 award monies raised by the Association of Women in the Sciences. 

Jessica Turner grew up in the Te Poi village under the Kaimai Ranges. The gift of a computer sparked her interest in technology and what has become a lifelong passion. Jessica completed a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences degree from The University of Waikato with First Class Honours. She is currently working towards a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science. In this research degree she is investigating the use of interaction sequences for modelling and testing of interactive systems.

Jessica Turner & Dr Ngaire Phillips (AWIS) at Waikato award ceremony July 2018

Kajaun Rhind-Reedy in Auckland, studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Imaging, and Kimberley Maxwell in Wellington, working for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Marine Biology, also received AWIS STEM awards in 2018.