An $8000 scholarship aimed at encouraging women to complete engineering degrees has been awarded to University of Queensland Student Rachel Jukes.
The Thiess/Queensland Resources Council (QRC) Scholarship for second-year female engineering students was presented recently at Brisbane City Hall at an event that brought together female engineering undergraduates rom universities throughout Queensland.
“All of the candidates for the scholarship displayed early leadership qualities and we were impressed by the high calibre of the students,” Thiess’ Chief Operating Officer for Australian Mining Simone Wetzlar said.
The scholarship was introduced last year as a way to show recognition and support for women engineers both financially and through continued vacation work experience. Each of the women interviewed for the scholarship said they had applied because they felt a company that offered such a proactive opportunity would provide a supportive work environment.
“This is just one example of Thiess’ continued focus on attracting and retaining women as part of our business,” Wetzlar said.
QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the scholarship was a powerful demonstration by Thiess of its commitment to increasing the proportion of women in the resources sector.
“Through the Thiess/QRC and other QRC scholarships, we are proud to help such high-quality students at the start of their careers in the resources sector,” Roche said.
“The scholarship is part of QRC’s Women in Resources Action Plan, which aims to increase the proportion of women working in the minerals and energy sectors,” he said.
Rachel, who is in the second year of her chemical engineering degree said she was ecstatic when told she had been selected.
“I was so pleased because I never thought I would be given something like this,” she said.
“Over the next 12 months, I am looking forward to vacation work with Thiess.
“I’m also looking forward to taking up some of the professional development and ambassadorial opportunities I receive through the QRC scholarship student ambassador program.”