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STEM role model recognition

21 March 2016

Sindia Sosdian, lecturer in marine biogeochemistry in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences since 2014, has been shortlisted as 1 of 4 finalists for the Pioneer Award as part of the first annual Womenspire Awards held by Chwarae Teg. The Womenspire Awards celebrate the achievements of women in Wales from all backgrounds who are doing extraordinary things in all parts of their everyday lives.

Sindia grew up surfing on the sandy beaches along the New Jersey coastline and this hobby initially sparked her interest in marine science.  Tackling an undergraduate degree in chemistry broadened her interest to climate sciences.  Her Physics Professor was a great role model and mentor and after supervising her undergraduate thesis recommended that she consider a PhD in oceanography.  Sindia’s current research focuses on the use of novel and traditional geochemical techniques in coral skeletons to understand the impact of land use on the biogeochemistry and health of coral reef systems and examine their adaptability in face of modern-day environmental stresses.

During both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, Sindia realized how critically important role models can be in  inspiring the next generation of STEM researchers, particularly girls, who continue to be underrepresented in the STEM subjects.  Sindia says ‘I was coached, mentored and inspired by female scientists and lecturers who juggled career and family.  Moving forward I think this is of paramount importance when inspiring the next generation in the classroom and beyond to forge ahead and develop successful careers in STEM and envision pathways of their own.’

Since 1992, the charity Chwarae Teg has been working to ensure women in Wales achieve and prosper. The ‘Pioneer’ category recognizes women who are working in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) and providing a strong role models and pioneering STEM as a study or career path. Winners of the Womenspire Awards will be revealed at a ceremony on Thursday 14 April 2016 at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff organized by Chwarae Teg.  Tickets for the event can be purchased through their website

Sindia has also been nominated for the Cardiff University Enriching Student Life Awards 2016.

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