8th Issue

June 2023


Welcome to the 8th issue of MAGNIFY, where we continue to celebrate and amplify the voices of empowered women of colour in STEM. It has been a remarkable year for our publication and STEM Sisters, and we are thrilled to bring you another inspiring collection of stories and achievements.

In this edition, we are privileged to feature an exclusive interview with Javiera Paz Olivares Rojas, a true trailblazer in Conservation Biology at Monash University. Javiera’s remarkable journey, experiences, and groundbreaking research offer a captivating glimpse into the dynamic and ever-evolving world of STEM.

The art corner takes a vibrant turn as we delve into the intricate blend of science and aesthetics as unravel the secrets behind AI-powered art and its transformative impact on the art world. Join us as we celebrate the limitless possibilities of AI arts and witness the breathtaking visual expressions brought to life through the marriage of technology and artistic ingenuity.

Prepare to be inspired by our Big Sister STEM stories as we delve into academia and industry to showcase the remarkable journeys of two exceptional women. Meet Dr Priya Rani, an esteemed scholar and researcher with a PhD and Senior Member of the IEEE, whose groundbreaking nanotechnology work drives transformative advancements in STEM. And shine a spotlight on Dr Dilli Ching, a STEM communication superstar who effortlessly bridges the gap between academia and industry, making science accessible and captivating for all. Their stories exemplify the spirit of STEM Sisters, inspiring aspiring scientists and promoting diversity and inclusion in STEM.

We proudly recognize the invaluable contributions of our exceptional volunteers, Amna Batool and Florencia Stella, who embody the spirit of STEM Sisters through their dedication and support.

As we explore the International to Local segment, we bring you the uplifting story of Junie Baptiste Poitevien, whose journey exemplifies the transformative power of Technology. Join us in celebrating her accomplishments and the impact she has made.

Embark on a cultural journey as we delve into the rich heritage of Newzealand culture, exploring its influence and contributions to the multicultural tapestry of Australia. Gain a deeper understanding of the diverse perspectives that enrich our STEM community.

Payal Tiwari shares her wisdom on finding balance in life, focusing on what truly matters. Discover her insights and practical tips for achieving harmony amidst the demands of a STEM career.

Finally, we invite you to immerse yourself in the entrepreneurial world of women of colour in STEM. Meet Sugandha Bhargava Chapman, a visionary entrepreneur who shares her inspiring story and the innovative ventures she has pioneered.

We hope this issue of MAGNIFY fills you with inspiration, admiration, and a renewed commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in STEM. Join us as we continue to magnify the achievements of women of colour and empower the next generation of STEM leaders.

Stay tuned for the release of each article, and together, let’s celebrate the incredible contributions of women of colour in STEM. Together, we can create a more inclusive and equitable future.


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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