Leicester astronomer encourages young women to study science

Posted by mjs76 at Mar 19, 2010 03:35 PM |
Dr Rhaana Starling from our Department of Physics and Astronomy gave a talk to Year 9 students this week about ‘SETting an example’.

An audience of 94 girls from schools in Leicester and Nottingham listened to Dr Starling’s presentation at Snibston Discovery Park which was intended to inspire the girls to pursue education in science, engineering and technology (SET) subjects – and subsequent careers in SET.

Dr Starling is a Research Associate in the X-Ray and Observational Astronomy Group and so was able to discuss astronomy as a career while also explaining the science behind gamma-ray bursts. She has now been asked to give a similar talk to year 10 and 11 students in one of the visiting schools.

The event was organised by the LeicestHer Day Trust in conjunction with the Stem Girls website.

It has been a good week for ‘women in SET stories’, what with Professor Helen Atkinson being named as a Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the UK Resource Centre for Women in SET. Although, to be fair, as it is currently National Science and Engineering Week, the timing of these two events may not be entirely coincidental.