This year it was such a joy to see so many posted stories of celebration events held for the new Amelia Earhart Fellows. Then I had the joy of finally having such an event here in Canberra for two fab young women and discover why everyone is so excited about these women.
WHAT IS THE AMELIA EARHART FELLOWSHIP?
Let me quote the official description:
"Established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart, the Amelia Earhart Fellowship is awarded annually to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences and aerospace-related engineering. The Fellowship of US$10,000, awarded to 35 Fellows around the globe each year, may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields."
The full details of the Fellowship, it's history and the recipients, can be found on the Zonta International website.
WHOM DID WE MEET IN CANBERRA?
At a lovely dinner, the two Canberra based clubs came together and met two new recipients who had come to Canberra to continue their studies.
Now, when I was in my twenties, I was thinking about the next chocolate bar and how to pay the electricity bill. So I find Amelia Earhart Fellows fascinating! They are working on issues and topics I never imagined existed! And this stuff is about aeronautics and outer space and physics and billions of light years - it is mind stretching to say the least.
Let me introduce two ladies who are involved in some rather astonishing studies!
|Priyanka Dhopade, from Canada|
|Keeping these things predictably in the air is useful. Look at this! Physics, construction materials, engineering - wow! (click to embiggen)|
|Sheila Tobing, from Indonesia|
|Let the speculation begin! Why do you think this would this be of interest to the defence force? (click to embiggen)|
ZONTA INTERNATIONAL PRESENTATION
For those who, like myself, had not seen this before, the Fellows receive a certificate and a pair of AE "wings" from Zonta International. In addition to speaking about their work, Priyanka and Sheila were presented with their with these by our District 24 Governor, Dr. Kerrie Bigsworth
|"Thank you for your work ladies ....|
|...... and please keep doing it!"|
and this is their little Amelia Earhart Fellowship 'wings' pin
There are 1,368 Fellows in total, so can you imagine the combined intelligence, efforts, outputs, outcomes, contributions supporting the growth of aeronautical engineering, space sciences, engineering? Also consider the addition of dynamic women entering male dominated fields, being role models and mentors for other young women and stepping up into influential careers.
So what you think? Do you think it can be possible that the world is a better place because of the efforts of these 1,368 women?
So how about your Club?
- Are you working with your local University to encourage AE Fellow applications?
- Perhaps, like us, AE Fellows have come to your local University to continue their studies?
- Has your club donated to the AE Fellowship fund with the Zonta International Foundation?
So rather than look for another chocolate bar I'm off to read To Space and Back.
UPDATE: 27 MARCH
In a happy coincidence, a fellow club member posted the following story regarding Amelia Earhart. This was the speech given, at this ceremony, by Dr. Susan Riding - a member of my club, a member of the ZI AE Selection panel and herself a twice award AE Fellow. Check out this link to read the speech and learn the story of Amelia.
|Mrs Riding tells the tale|
When we get to Orlando in 2014, perhaps we could go out to the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral?