Lisa Rheinberger

MEET LISA

EOS, Electro Optic Systems, Defence and Space Technology Company
  • 2021 inaugural recipient of EOS Scholarships for future excellence in STEM
  • Awarded scholarship funding of $4,000
  • Studying a double Bachelor of Arts and Science (majoring in Ancient History and Chemistry) at Macquarie University

What’s your favourite branch of your subject?

Foundations of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences 1.

What are your goals within STEM?

My goal in STEM is to better understand where we came from and why are we here, through looking at both the history of Earth and surrounding planets.

How is EOS’ scholarship going to help you achieve your goals?

EOS’ scholarship will help me to achieve my goal as the scholarship will allow me to connect with professionals in similar disciplines who can provide help and guidance.

How do you plan on using your scholarship funds?

I plan to use the scholarship funds to visit EOS and connect with industry professionals.

What led you to where you are today?

I got to where I am today because of the support from my family and amazing teachers.

Who do you admire and why?

I admire the women in STEM who have showed young girls that they can become scientists. I look up to physicist Lise Meitner, astronomer Jocelyn Bell Burnell and mathematician and engineer Mary Jackson. Each of these women fought for their careers in STEM and proved that women too could make significant contributions to their respective fields.

How important is STEM education?

STEM education is very important as it not only teaches people about how the world around us works but also teaches critical thinking skills that can be used across a wide variety of professions.

What would be your advice for the next generation of women in STEM?

Work hard and ask questions. Most people will love to teach you if you show an interest. Science takes a lot of practice and work to be good, but the effort is all worth it in the end.

How do you think that companies like EOS can really inspire young women like yourself to successfully pursue and achieve their STEM careers?

Companies such as EOS can inspire young women to pursue careers in STEM by providing support and events in which they can meet industry professionals and by fostering a workplace in which everyone is treated equally.

We often hear people talk about having a “successful career in STEM”. What does this phrase mean to you?

A ‘successful career in STEM’ means a career in which you make a positive contribution to your field whether it be to help in answering one of the big scientific questions such as “Where did we come from and why are we here?” or getting humanity to another planet or saving the environment.

Where do you hope to see yourself in 10 years’ time?

In 10 years’ time I hope to be working in the emerging space archaeology industry as it combines my passion for STEM with my love of history. I also hope to have completed or be working to complete a PhD.

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