Women in Science – Shalan St. Hill

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Shalan St. Hill

Undergraduate student: BSc Physics and Mathematics, UWI Cave Hill;
Former student of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

“I grew up with a love for science that got galvanized as I went through secondary school. That passion was the main reason for its pursuance in my post-secondary education. Science has and continues to transform lives and its impact is responsible for not only a better understanding of ourselves and environs but has created a virtually smaller world.

My hope is to continue participating in the continued development of science. I am currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics at the University of the West Indies which I believe will better position me to take advantage of the existing opportunities in the field of science and technology that still continues to unfold.

Following media reports, meetings and conferences worldwide, I found it intriguing the increasing demand for clean sources of energy as part of the effort to militate against Climate change and sea level rise. Though much have been said and published on Climate Change and its impact on small-island developing states like the Caribbean, the subject is one, which can still be considered, not at the forefront of the thinking and actions of the people of the Caribbean. Any rise in sea-level will have significant effects on the economies and living conditions in the region as our population, agricultural land and infrastructure tend to be concentrated in the coastal zone.

In an effort to be part of actions to make a difference in helping mitigate against and sensitize the region’s people of the adverse effects of climate change and sea-level rise, I want to become an Engineer in the areas of Environmental , Renewable Energy or Green Processing . It is said that an engineer has a collective responsibility to help improve the lives of people through solving problems that are important to society by applying scientific knowledge, mathematics and ingenuity.

I also see being a woman in Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) as a move towards achieving gender equality, which is one of the United Nations Millennium Goals.  I think that a higher education or advanced knowledge in the STEM field can help tap into my intellectual potential where it can allow me to become assets to Saint Lucia and the Caribbean by using my talents and skills to the benefit of humanity.

To all the girls and women I encourage you to join those women before us and the men who of course are some of the major pioneers in science, and immerse yourself in the ever evolving and dynamic STEM fields in an effort to building  a more sustainable, stable, and equitable world.

“Let us choose for ourselves our path in life, and let us try to strew that path with flowers.” — Emilie du Chatelet, mathematician, physicist, and author”