7th Issue

March 2023


7th Issue

This 7th issue of MAGNIFY marks the end of a special year for both our publication and STEM Sisters. We are excited to share with you some amazing stories of inspiring women of colour in STEM fields who are breaking barriers and achieving success.

In this issue, we feature an interview with Syeda Umama Mehreen, who shares her experiences and research in Materials Engineering at the University of Queensland. We also highlight the science of Botanical dyeing in our arts corner, showcasing the intersection of STEM and creativity.

We also celebrate the contributions of our exemplary volunteers Shejuti Shabnam and Jenny Nguyen. Furthermore, we feature the inspirational story of Mrunmayi Patil as part of our International to Local segment.

In this issue, we also take you on a journey to learn about Sri Lankan culture and its contributions to the multicultural mixing pot of Australia. You can also learn the secrets behind bringing balance to your life by focusing on the things that really matter, in an article by Brenda Denbesten.

We hope you enjoy reading this issue of MAGNIFY and feel inspired by the incredible stories of women of colour in STEM fields. Join us in celebrating their achievements and supporting diversity and inclusion in STEM.


As we celebrate the 10th issue of MAGNIFY, I reflect on the incredible journey that has brought us to this milestone. What started as a vision to amplify the voices of women of colour in STEM has grown into a vibrant, empowering community.

Over the past editions, we’ve shared the stories of inspiring women who’ve shattered barriers, challenged stereotypes, and made their mark in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We’ve explored the intersection of culture, diversity, and STEM, shedding light on the unique experiences and contributions of women from diverse backgrounds.

In this special issue, we continue our mission to empower and inspire. We feature interviews with remarkable women who’ve excelled in academia, industry, and entrepreneurship. We delve into the wonders of nature and its profound connection to STEM, uncovering the hidden phenomena that shape our world. We celebrate the strength and resilience of STEM mothers who balance their careers with the joys of motherhood.

As we reach this milestone, I express my deepest gratitude to our contributors, readers, and supporters. Your unwavering commitment has been the driving force behind MAGNIFY’s success.

.Together, we’ve created a platform that showcases achievements and fosters a sense of belonging and connectedness.

Our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and empowerment remains unwavering as we look ahead. We’ll continue to amplify the voices of women of colour in STEM, challenge stereotypes, and inspire the next generation of STEM leaders.

Thank you for being a part of this incredible journey. Here’s to the next ten issues and beyond!

Dr Ruwangi Fernando

STEM Sisters – Founder and Director

MAGNIFY – Editor-in-Chief

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