Tanya Shreedhar in the final of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards
Dr Tanya Shreedhar, a postdoctoral researcher in Mahesh Marina’s Networked Systems Group, was among the 2023 finalists for L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards.
Tanya’s research interests lie broadly in the area of networks and systems. She received her PhD from IIIT-Delhi, India and her bachelor’s degree in engineering with a gold medal from Panjab University, India. She is active in student and women mentorship programs in several technical venues and has been awarded research fellowship grants from TCS, NSF, ACM SIGCOMM, and IEEE INFOCOM during her PhD.
It was my honour to be one of 12 shortlistees out of 180+ applicants for the prestigious L’Oréal UNESCO Women in Science UK and Ireland Rising Talent Award. I was the only finalist from computer science and amongst the two representing Scotland. It was my privilege to interact with my fellow finalists from different STEM fields and be celebrated at the Royal Society and the House of Commons in London. Programs such as these shine a well-deserved light on excellent research spearheaded by women in male-dominated STEM fields and can act as crucial motivators for more women to pursue research. I am incredibly thankful to L’Oréal UNESCO for providing me with such a fantastic opportunity.
For women in science
Women scientists are leading ground-breaking research across the world, but despite their remarkable discoveries women still only represent 1/3 of researchers globally, and their work rarely gains the recognition it deserves.
The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science partnership was founded in 1998 with the simple belief that the world needs science and science needs women. Through its various editions around the world, the programme aims to help empower more women scientists to achieve scientific excellence and participate equally in solving the great challenges facing humanity.
UK and Ireland Rising Talents Awards
The post-doctoral period is a challenging time for women scientists as they work to establish themselves and forge paths towards a permanent research career. The UK and Ireland Rising Talents Programme is the national chapter of For Women in Science and is designed to provide flexible and practical financial support, alongside tools and support, for early career women scientists to pursue their research.
Five grants will be awarded to outstanding women postdoctoral scientists in the fields of Physical Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Computing, Life Science, and Sustainable Development. These fully flexible Fellowships are each worth £15,000 and are tenable at any UK or Irish university or research institute to support a 12-month period of research.