Wing Ki (Catherine) Wong
Catherine is a DPhil student in Structural Bioinformatics, at the Department of Statistics. She was an events coordinator before being elected as the President of OxFEST. A believer in gender equality in STEM, she aims to upskill and build a community to raise the profile of women in the field.
Jess is a second year Materials Science student at The Queen’s College. She shares OxFEST’s dedication to bringing value and opportunity to all. As a materials scientist, she enjoys seeing how various distinct elements fit together to make the whole thing work, which is exactly what she sees happening in OxFEST all the time. There is something amazing about bringing a diverse range of people together to discuss all topics STEM related, as well as helping the committee in the smooth running of all the many different events.
Sophie is a second year Engineering student at Somerville College. From her own personal experience, she understands the importance that communities for marginalised groups have, both as a support network and to facilitate discussion, and is glad that she can contribute in giving back to Oxford.
VP of Events
Rhiannon is a third year Mathematics student, at Oriel College. She was the Fundraising and Events Officer for Schools Plus, an Oxford based charity providing tuition for students in disadvantaged schools, and is the founder and president of the Oriel College Feminist society. In this role she aims to run events with our sponsors to allow women to gain confidence in networking and to gain valuable skills which will help them in their future careers. She will also run social events and events with academics with the aim of creating a strong community of female scientists at Oxford.
Tatiana is a a second year Biologist at Balliol College. She believes is giving females the support and opportunities that they need in order for them to achieve successful careers in STEM subjects. She also hope to raise awareness of the gender divide in STEM subjects, in order to mitigate this problem. She is also the treasurer of Oxford Biology Society.
Hannah is a second year Mathematician at New College who is passionate about increasing opportunities and support for women in STEM subjects. She knows from personal experience how demoralising and upsetting it is to be one of the only girls in an academic scenario and how you have to fight to get your voice heard, and she loves that OxFEST brings together such a wide range of people in such a collaborative and supportive atmosphere. Hannah hopes that OxFEST and similar societies will continue to grow to the point that there is no longer a need for them because social change will render them redundant.
Yuanyuan is a second year physics student at Somerville college. She believe that female needs supports throughout their career and is glad that she can help with that. She was previously on the organising committee of 2018 women in physics conference. Currently she is the media officer and web admin of oxford physics society.
Co-VP of Conference
Nicole is a third year Engineering student at St Hugh’s College. She believes that while access and gender equality in STEM subjects is improving, there should be a bigger network in place once students have reached Oxford. Through her previous role as Mentoring VP, she has seen the benefits of providing female students with mentors and a greater network. She hopes to continue this work and reach more people through the annual conference.
Co-VP of Conference
Kirsty is currently studying towards a DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry at St Annes College. Her research focuses on utilising green chemistry principles to develop alternative energy systems. She is looking forward to working with the conference team to provide an opportunity for female scientists to meet, learn from and be inspired by each other. In her spare time Kirsty enjoys volunteering with Girl Guiding, experimenting with vegetarian cooking and winning at scrabble.
Priyadarshini is a second year Biochemistry student at Brasenose College. She believes in encouraging and supporting women throughout their career in STEM. She also believes that a key aspect of encouraging women to take up STEM subjects is to simplify complex technical information to make is more accessible. She hopes to help organise a conference that bridges the gap between well established, successful women in STEM and younger women pursuing a career in STEM. In her spare time she enjoys doodling (read procrastinating) and playing music.
Lucy is a third year DPhil student studying Organic Chemistry in the Synthesis for Biology and Medicine CDT, at Wadham College. In her role as conference coordinator, she is looking forward to putting together an event which both supports and promotes the amazing women in science.
Nesrine is a DPhil candidate in Medical Sciences and the MCR international representative at St Anne’s College, she is also an associate at the Science Innovation Union (SIU). She strongly believes that STEMM and innovation should be accessible, connect people and play a crucial role in sustainability, education, employment of disabled persons, equality and define the future of organizations. A focal point of her activism, at the intersection of medical sciences and diplomacy, intends to foster dialogue between young scientists, charities and governmental institutions. She is involved in developing networks and events to encourage discussions and initiatives related to women in leadership and their roles in societal changes, in setting transformative agendas and initiating new international ecosystems.
VP of Mentoring
I’m Jess, I’m a third year Biochemist at Pembroke. I believe that male-dominated science environments can be toxic places for women and prevent talented women from reaching their full potential. By providing mentoring support and organising inspiring talks from female role models, OxFEST can truly help make science a more gender-equal environment which benefits everyone! I can’t wait to get started and hopefully help make this the best year yet for OxFEST.
Chia-Man is a DPhil student in Robotics and Machine Learning, at the Department of Engineering and Computer Science. Having been in a great mentoring relationship herself, she believes in the lifelong benefits of mentoring. As a mentoring coordinator, she strives to provide a platform for a support network of inspiring mentors and mentees.
Hala is a DPhil candidate in AIMS (Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems) at the Department of Engineering Science. Prior to that, she worked as a research engineer in Autonomous Driving. Her academic and professional experience made her particularly aware of the disparity and alarming statistics for females in STEM. She believes that mentoring has an essential role to play in supporting gender equality by providing specific guidance and coaching to encourage more women to enter and commit to STEM careers.
Louie is a 3rd year Biomedical Science student who is passionate about communication and outreach in science. She is looking forward to spreading OxFEST’s message of equality and inclusivity in STEM with the Oxford community.
Suzan Asya Yavuz
Suzan is a second year Psychologist at Somerville College. She is an avid feminist and strongly believes that female scientists should be supported in pursuing their goals and ambitions. She is the current social media officer for her college and has managed the social media of Ashford Place, a local community centre. She has also been the marketing manager for Somerville colleges ‘Arts Week’ as well as a student run production of Macbeth, but perhaps her greatest achievement is that she was once Tumblr famous.