5th Issue

September 2022


5th Issue

This edition of MAGNIFY marks the special milestone of celebrating 1 year. We speak to Madel Tutor from The University of Melbourne who shares with us how she is tackling drug resistance in Malaria with her PhD research. The amalgamation of Science and Art is highlighted in arts corner. We have two Big Sister STEM stories in this special edition where we explore Agricultural Scientist, Dr Dorin Gupta of University of Melbourne and Technology STEM superstar, Neelima Kadiyala.

Raisa Aurora and Praahthana Karthikeyan are exemplary volunteers who are celebrated in this special issue. Swapna Deshmukh also shares her inspirational story as part of the International to Local segment. We also take you on a journey to learn about Vietnamese culture, which is very much an important culture that has contributed to the multicultural mixing pot of Australia! You can also learn the secrets behind bringing balance to your life, by focussing on the things that really matter from Dr Chloe Lim! We also share some professional tips to ace your next interview! You can find all this and more in the 5th issue of MAGNIFY


It’s our One Year Anniversary!

On one hand, it feels like I’ve been doing this for a lifetime, while on the other, I wonder, “where did the months go?”. It’s been a year of excitement, highs and lows, long work days and sleepless nights, but I wouldn’t trade it for any other.

I founded STEM Sisters in 2017 as I started my PhD journey. As I submitted my thesis for examination last year, I fully committed myself to STEM Sisters to work on some of the cracks in the leaky pipeline for WOC in STEM, which is the lack of role models, mentors and peer networks and MAGNIFY, the digital magazine was started to address this gap.

I invite you to feast your eyes and mind on the amazing articles we have for you in this issue. May this

issue inform, empower and inspire you to live your best.

We love it when you write in and tell us how much you appreciate the work we are doing to put women of colour in STEM first; bring the love and make sure that the representations of us push beyond stereotypes to showcase our contribution.

From the very bottom of my heart, I thank you for being a dedicated reader. This first year would not have been possible without you. I am also incredibly grateful to the MAGNIFY CONTRIBUTORS, who work tirelessly to bring you this publication. I’m genuinely excited about the future of MAGNIFY, and I believe the best is yet to come.


Dr Ruwangi Fernando

STEM Sisters – Founder and Director

MAGNIFY – Editor-in-Chief

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