9th Issue

September 2023


As we introduce the 9th issue of MAGNIFY, our journey continues to celebrate and amplify the voices of empowered women of colour in STEM. This issue marks another step in our ongoing mission to spotlight the remarkable accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals.

We are thrilled to share the stories and achievements of women who have been contributing to their fields in profound ways:

Spotlight on STEM Sisters Volunteer – Join us in recognizing the dedicated efforts of Christine Tolotchkov, one of our remarkable volunteers who embodies the spirit of STEM Sisters.

Ambassador Spotlight – We shine a light on Sowmiya Selvakumaraswamy, an Ambassador who has been a driving force behind our mission to empower women of colour in STEM.

Cultural Intelligence on Cuba – Explore the cultural intricacies of Cuba in our journey to understand the diverse perspectives that enrich our STEM community.

Big Sisters STEM Story – Academic Excellence – Dive into the academic journey of Paris Nassirnia, a trailblazing woman of colour in STEM, as she shares her experiences and accomplishments.

International to Local Success Story – Discover the inspiring journey of Divyangana Sharma, a story that exemplifies the transformative power of an international student.

Big Sisters STEM Story – Industry Impact – Meet Shelly Agarwal, a woman of colour who has made significant strides in the STEM industry, breaking barriers and inspiring others along the way.

STEM Mothers – Dr. Suzanne Martin offers her unique perspective on balancing the demands of a STEM career with the joys of motherhood.

My STEM PhD – Manika Saha shares her experiences and insights from her journey pursuing a STEM Ph.D., offering valuable advice to aspiring researchers.

STEM Arts Corner – Explore the intersection of science and art, where creativity meets technology and gives rise to breathtaking expressions.

Women of Colour Entrepreneur – Dr Anushi Kulasiri’s entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ventures are showcased, offering inspiration to those aspiring to make their mark.

This issue is a testament to the dedication, brilliance, and determination of women of colour in STEM. It is both a celebration of their achievements and a reminder of the work that remains in dismantling systemic barriers and biases.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our contributors, readers, and supporters who have been instrumental in our journey. Together, let us persist in amplifying the voices of the underrepresented, challenging existing norms, and creating a more diverse and inclusive future within 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