International Day of Women and Girls in Science Profile: Eunice Yuwono
In honour of International Day of Women and Girls in Science on Thursday 11 February 2021, we've profiled a student from our School of Mathematical Sciences.
The International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated annually on 11 February, is implemented by UNESCO and UN Women in collaboration with organisations and civil society partners working to promote women and girls in science. This day is an opportunity to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for women and girls. We hope that these stories from women in our faculty will inspire younger women and showcase some of the amazing initiatives in ECMS.
Eunice Yuwono's Story
My name is Eunice Blessica Yuwono and I am currently in my final year of the Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide. I chose to study mathematics for my bachelor’s degree as I was captivated by the endless possibilities of mathematics - specifically solving real world problems. I also wanted to pursue my passion. I plan to continue with a Higher Degree by Research in mathematics at the University of Adelaide as I know that research makes a real impact to the wider community. A concrete example of this is my recently completed Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship (ASRS) in modelling heat flow around Adelaide using data-driven dynamics. Through this research, I have been able to help the community through insights of the steps needed to have a more comfortable temperature in Adelaide.
I chose to study at the University of Adelaide as it is a member of the Group of Eight and because of its reputation as one of the best universities in Australia. Another reason I chose the University of Adelaide is because my father did his MBA here. Knowing his pleasant experience and the tremendous support of world-class lecturers prompted me to want to experience what he had while studying at the university. In addition, I also received the Academic Excellence scholarship throughout my bachelor’s degree.
Through the endless opportunities and support from the lecturers in my school, I have felt the conscious effort of the faculty to empower women and girls in science and technology. One of the highlights of my bachelors would be participating in the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute (AMSI) Summer Research Scholarship. An opportunity I had access to as a student studying at the University of Adelaide.
The chance to be exposed to research while attending the conference was very valuable to me as I had not experienced anything similar while back home in Indonesia. Seeing the significant number of exceptional women in that conference made me realise how much support I have here as a woman in science and technology, which is unfortunately not as common in Asian culture yet.
The lecturers in the faculty have supported me a lot and also inspired me to consistently develop myself. Because of this, I know that it is possible for me to reach my full potential as a woman in science and technology.
Help us celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science this year by tweeting a selfie of yourself at work on Thursday 11 February with the completed sentence, "Today I am..." Ensure you use the hashtags #ECMSUofA #WomenInScienceDay #February11 and tag @ecms_uofa and @WomenScienceDay.