Anne McLaren Award for Excellence
Kellogg College is delighted to offer the Anne McLaren Award for Excellence to a scientist or social scientist. Candidates will be preferred who identify with Anne McLaren’s commitment to the support of junior women scientists, those from disadvantaged backgrounds, developing countries, or who are prevented from realising early potential through circumstances beyond their control, and those whose career has been interrupted by parenting.
To be eligible you must be a current student at Kellogg College studying in the field of science or social science on either a full-time or part-time basis.
The value of the award is £500 and the recipient will be required to provide a lay summary of no more than 400 words detailing a summary of the research, presentation, and dissemination activity that the award supports.
The award for the 2016-17 academic year has now been made.
Anne McLaren, DBE, Hon DSc, FRS (1927-2007) was a leading figure in developmental biology, making a significant contribution to genetics. She was a strong supporter of the principles of public engagement, access and innovation – principles that are at the heart of Kellogg’s mission.
2017 Award Winner – Bushra Alahmadi
Bushra is a DPhil student in the Cyber Security Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) situated in the department of Computer Science. She has always been passionate about supporting and encouraging women in Computer Science, co-founding the first IT society for women in Saudi Arabia in 2003. In 2014, she joined the Oxford Women in Computer Science Society (OxWoCS) committee as a conference coordinator, organising the second annual Oxbridge Women in Computer Science Conference, a joint conference with the University of Cambridge. The conference aims to bring together junior and senior female computer scientists, encourage collaboration through formal and informal discussion, and provide young researchers the opportunity to present their research and get valuable feedback.
As OxWoCS’s president in 2015-2016, she managed society activities including industry talks, social events, and the mentorship scheme. She also helped manage the OxWoCS distinguished speaker seminars series, inviting globally-recognised female academics and industry leaders to present at the department. Bushra also helped establish an annual travel scholarship provided by OxWoCS and the department for students to attend the annual Grace Hopper Conference for women in computing. Her hard work and dedication, along with the commitment of other OxWoCS members led to OxWoCS receiving the MPLS divisional outreach award for team effort in 2017.
Bushra was awarded the prestigious Google Anita Borg Scholarship in 2016, and co-founded the initiative InspireHer. InspireHer, supported by Google, aims to increase girls’ interest and curiosity in Computer Science by introducing coding in a fun and interactive way. The initiative encourages mothers and daughters to work together on a fun coding project, providing resources and advice to parents on how to encourage and inspire their daughters to code. In addition to organising an InspireHer event in Oxford, Bushra helped organize two other events in Kenya and Sweden for girls from disadvantaged backgrounds and Syrian refugees. Inspiring girls to code is a mission close to her heart, and she hopes to organize more InspireHer events in the upcoming academic year.