What was the journey that brought you to Warwick?
My name is Udvashita, I am from Bangladesh and my major was in Microbiology. I was nominated as the key presenter at the 15th Young Scientist seminar which was held in Japan in 2018. I was awarded as a fellowship scholar by JASSO and was fortunate enough to conduct DNA Sequencing and identify unknown strains related to my M.Sc research in JOSEI Laboratory, Yamaguchi University, Japan. While my research at Virology Laboratory in icddr,b; my job responsibilities were to assist in the molecular tests and conduct tests in emergency conditions under the guidance of a professional.
Since my childhood, I have always looked up and being inspired by the journey of Women in Science, like the noble laureate Marie Curie. My sincere desire is to engross myself in the world of research. It is well known that the ratio of women scientists to men is insignificant, this scholarship seems really distinctive to me, that is designed to encourage the engagement of women in Science.
How has the scholarship, and your time so far at Warwick, boosted your career and your confidence as a researcher?
I am grateful to the University of Warwick and British Council STEM scholarship team for giving me the opportunity to step ahead in fulfilling my dream. The scholarship has boosted my confidence and my life in the Warwick has been so amazing. The opportunity to mix with diverse people and global excellence has accelerated my vision and love for research.
What is your research area, and how will it positively affect the lives of others/the planet?
Currently I am pursuing my second Master's programme in “Environmental Bioscience in a Changing Climate” at the University of Warwick. My current course employs knowledge, ideas and policies that can reduce the pressing issue of climate change and a create a sustainable world. I want to implement the policies and make a difference.
Can you describe any of the challenges or obstacles you may have faced so far in your career? Have you overcome them?
Human life is not a bed of roses, esspecially when you are from a developing country, and women's challenges are greater. The death of my father has been difficult, but fortunately my mother and sister have always been my strength and inspired me to continue my studies.
Do you have any advice, from your experiences, for girls and women who wish to pursue a career in science?
I would like to welcome them to the amazing world of science. Just believe in yourselves and live your dreams, no matter what the societal barriers are. This life is precious, and we can make a difference.
What do you think is the future of women in science?
My take home message for future generations of women in science is that we can make a difference, like lots of other inspiring women scientists, if we are focused. Let us add another feather to our wings and fly higher.
The British Council scholarships for women in STEM enable female scientists from to undertake postgraduate study at Warwick, with funding covering full tuition fees, travel costs, a monthly stipend, and other course-related costs. Applications are currently open for five scholarships available to female students from Brazil and Mexico. Click here for more information.Link opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window