Women in STEM Support Hits Record High


A record 25 scholarships have been awarded to women studying Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at 13 universities across Australia.

The Defence Women in STEM Undergraduate scholarships played a significant role in building the talent pipeline. Seventeen previous scholarship recipients have completed their degree programs, with seven continuing on to Defence STEM Cadetship programs and a further four women now employed by Defence.

This year’s scholarship program also honours the late Leisa Condie, who made outstanding contributions to cryptology and the high performance computing program in Defence and the Australian Signals Directorate.

The Leisa Condie Defence Women in STEM Undergraduate Scholarship was awarded to Edith Cowan University student Hannah Rice, whose studies align with Leisa’s work area.

The scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrated academic excellence and who displayed positive attributes such as community leadership and extra-curricular engagement.

View all 25 STEM Award Recipients listed below.

The recipients were:

Recipient of Leisa Condie Scholarship:
Hannah RiceEdith Cowan UniversityBachelor of Science (Cyber Security)
All other Scholarship recipients:
Natasha MoyUniversity of AdelaideBachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science
Holly WilsonRoyal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)Bachelor of Space Science
Rosanna XuUniversity of New South Wales (UNSW)Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronic)/Bachelor of Advanced Science
Paige SedgwickUNSWBachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Arts
Ruby MattingleyMonash UniversityBachelor of Applied Data Science Advanced (Hons)
Melanie WardFlinders UniversityBachelor of Science (Computer Science)/Bachelor of Archaeology
Georgia OdlinUniversity of SydneyBachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor of Science
Bushra KhanCharles Sturt UniversityBachelor of Information Technology
Caroline AnderssonFlinders UniversityBachelor of Science (Hons)
Catherine ChengUNSWBachelor of Advanced Science (Hons)/Engineering (Hons)
Caitlin BuchanLa Trobe UniversityBachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Science
Alexandra StephensonUniversity of AdelaideBachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced)/Diploma in Arts
Jessie LumUNSWBachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Science
Kylie ChapmanUniversity of Southern Queensland (USQ)Bachelor of Science
Jessica StaffordUniversity of South AustraliaBachelor of Mathematics (Industrial and Applied Mathematics)
Dana EdwardsUniversity of MelbourneBachelor of Science
Olivia GrisctiUniversity of AdelaideBachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Mathematical and Computer Science
Kate MorrisonUniversity of MelbourneBachelor of Science
Halle Taylor-PritchardGriffith UniversityBachelor of Engineering (Hons)/Bachelor of Information Technology
Selina PhillisCharles Sturt UniversityBachelor of Geospatial Science
Jacqueline GreggMonash UniversityBachelor of Engineering (Hons)
Gazel HarabatiRMITBachelor of Engineering (Mechanical Engineering)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)
Philippa McMurtrieUniversity of AdelaideBachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science
Michelle Therese WilsonUniversity of AdelaideBachelor of Engineering (Hons) (Mechanical)/Bachelor of Science (Biotechnology)


The scholarships are a key initiative under the ‘More, Together – Defence Science and Technology Strategy 2030′. The program is aimed at encouraging high-performing women to continue their studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields and boost representation and job opportunities in the workforce.