Marian Bailey was one of three Flinders University students to claim all of the Diamond Jubilee Bursaries in last year’s Australian Federation of Graduate Women scholarships.
Now in the last few weeks of her Masters in Archaeology (researching the impacts of hominin behaviour and climate on the mobility of fauna in the middle Pleistocene), the bursary awarded $2,000 for Marian to use towards study or living expenses.
Flinders students also claimed four out of the six Graduate Women SA Centenary Bursaries awarded last year in the scholarships. With applications for this year closing recently, the university is hoping to congratulate a new round of worthy recipients soon.
External scholarships and bursaries provide wonderful recognition for students and welcome financial support. Many opportunities for STEM students are promoted through the university’s STEM Women Branching Out FLO site. Encouragement from academic staff also plays a role in students’ scholarship success, helping to create awareness and encourage applications – and often assisting with reference letters.