Churchill Fellowship for Robogal

Congratulations to Marita Cheng, final year Mechatronics and Computer Science student at the Melbourne School of Engineering and founder of Robogals, who has won a Churchill Fellowship.

Marita was one of 107 Australians to be awarded a 2011 Churchill Fellowship, which provides recipients with funds to travel overseas to further expertise in their given field. Marita has been awarded the Nancy Fairfax Churchill Fellowship to study strategies used to most effectively engage female schoolgirls in science, engineering and technology and will travel to the USA, Jamaica, India, Germany and the UK, where she will visit organizations such as: FIRST, the Anita Borg Institute for Women in Technology, the Roberta Initiative and the Halls of Learning.

Marita will use the knowledge she gains from this trip to advance Robogals, the student-run organization she founded in 2008, dedicated to increasing female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational activities aimed at girls in primary and secondary school.

Paul Tys, Chief Executive Officer of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, says that this year’s Churchill Fellows, like their predecessors are dedicated, inspiring Australians who will make a difference to our country over the coming decades.

Marita is very excited to be receiving a Churchill Fellowship, which will enable her to further pursue her passion for robotics, entrepreneurship, and the promotion of women in engineering.

Stay tuned to the Melbourne Engineer for details about a new Robogals Science Competition, the Robogals Parents and Daughters Science Challenge 2011, to be released later this month.

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