(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Ph.D. Student is named winner of first Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Diversity Award at [url=(Santa Barbara, Calif.) –– Ph.D. Student is named winner of first Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE
) Diversity Award at University of California, Santa Barbara Tuesday. t=_blank]University of California, Santa Barbara Tuesday.
Second-year Ph.D. student Juliana Bernal Ostos was presented the award to recognize UCSB graduate students who have taken the initiative to promote and support diversity at any level of education in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
"In just two years at UCSB, Bernal Ostos has already made a marked impact toward promoting STEM diversity on campus, in the greater Santa Barbara community, and nationally, influencing students at other institutions," WiSE said in a statement announcing the award.
Bernal Ostos served as a mentor for the robotics team at Dos Pueblos High School, and helped lead the all-girls team in charge of the design and manufacturing of two of the robot's components. The team was undefeated in the Sacramento regional competition and won Best Quality Robot honors at the World Championships in Atlanta.
WiSE is a campus organization dedicated to promoting equal opportunity for women and girls in science and engineering, and to improving their scientific and career advancement.