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.


I am thrilled to welcome you to the 9th issue of MAGNIFY, our digital sanctuary dedicated to honouring the triumphs and contributions of women of colour in STEM fields.

This recognition reaffirms the profound impact we can make when we elevate the voices and experiences of women of colour in STEM. It underscores the potency of storytelling and the vital role of representation in challenging societal norms and biases.

Within these pages, we continue our odyssey of empowerment and inspiration through the remarkable stories of formidable women. We present interviews with trailblazing entrepreneurs, pioneering researchers, and dedicated advocates who propel transformation within their respective domains.

The 9th issue of MAGNIFY stands as a testament to the resilience, brilliance, and unwavering determination of women of colour in STEM.

It is a jubilation of their accomplishments while simultaneously serving as a poignant reminder of the substantial journey that remains, replete with dismantling systemic barriers and biases.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our cherished contributors, avid readers, and staunch supporters. Without your steadfast encouragement, the continued prosperity of MAGNIFY would remain a distant dream.

As we immerse ourselves in the narratives enclosed herein, let us remember the gravity of this responsibility it bestows upon us. Together, let us persist in amplifying the voices of the underrepresented, challenging the existing norms, and carving a pathway towards an ever more diverse and inclusive future within STEM.

Dr Ruwangi Fernando

STEM Sisters – Founder and Director

MAGNIFY – Editor-in-Chief

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