Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Zonta International awards 30 Amelia Earhart Fellowships to women in aerospace sciences and engineering

Zonta International awards 30 Amelia Earhart Fellowships to women in aerospace sciences and engineering

Zonta International recently awarded 30 women from 15 countries with the prestigious Amelia Earhart Fellowship for the 2019-2020 academic year. Chosen from 175 applicants worldwide, these 30 women exhibited the most promise in advancing research in the field of aerospace.

Women make up only 25 percent of the workforce in the aerospace industry. To encourage them to expand their horizons by exploring occupations and holding positions beyond those traditionally held by females, Zonta International annually awards the Amelia Earhart Fellowship to women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace-applied sciences or aerospace-applied engineering.

2019 Amelia Earhart Fellows:

Martina Baggio, Italy, University of Stuttgart
Giulia Becatti, Italy, University of Pisa
Eva Borakiewicz, Poland and Madagascar, ENS Cachan-University Paris, Saclay
Elodie Bouzekri, France, University Toulouse 3 Paul Sabatier
Kathrine Bretl, USA, University of Colorado Boulder
Flavia Causa, Italy, University of Naples Federico II
Rishita Das, India, Texas A&M University
Jill Davis, USA, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Ingrid El Helou, Lebanon, University of Cambridge
Ariane Exle, Germany, Institute of Space Systems-University of Stuttgart
Emily Jensen, USA, University of California, Santa Barbara
Erica Jenson, USA, University of Colorado Boulder
Jahnavi Kantharaju, India, Ecole Polytechnique/ONERA
Carolin Kissner, Germany, Technische Universität Berlin
Katherine Kokmanian, Canada, Princeton University
Sireetorn Kuharat, Thailand, University of Salford
Komal Kumari, India, Texas A&M University
Virginia Notaro, Italy, Sapienza University of Rome
Sarah O'Meara, USA, University of California, Davis
Paula do Vale Pereira, Brazil, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Hannah Rana, U.K., University of Oxford
Shikha Redhal, India, University of Maryland, College Park
Marine Ruffenach, France, University of Toulouse-ISAE-SUPAERO
Hannah Sargeant, U.K., The Open University
Karin Schlottke, Germany, University of Stuttgart
Aarohi Shah, India, Georgia Institute of Technology
Blaga Todorova, Bulgaria, University of Glasgow
Dea Wangsawijaya, Indonesia, The University of Melbourne
Natalie Wolfenbarger, USA, The University of Texas at Austin
Lu Zhao, China, PR, The University of Kansas
Zonta honors these women as part of the legacy of Amelia Earhart, an American aviation pioneer and member of Zonta International.

"I am very proud that Zonta International took the amazing leap of faith in 1938 to initiate a fellowship for women in graduate studies in aerospace sciences. The caliber of the applicants each year has validated that leap of faith to promote women to become leaders in aerospace sciences and engineering," said Holly Anderson, former Fellow and chairman of the Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowship Committee.

Since 1938, Zonta has awarded 1,603 Amelia Earhart Fellowships, totaling more than US$10.3 million, to 1,174 women from 73 countries. Throughout its history, Zonta has awarded more than 3,000 fellowships, scholarships and awards through donations made to the Zonta International Foundation.

More information about the Fellowship, as well as the 2020 application, can be found at Applications must be received by 15 November.

Zonta International ( is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. On 8 November, Zonta will celebrate its 100th anniversary. In 1919, a small group of founders in Buffalo, New York, had a vision to help all women realize greater equality. Today, more than 29,000 members in 63 countries work together to make gender equality a worldwide reality for women and girls. Since 1923, Zonta International has provided more than US$41.2 million to empower women and girls and expand their access to education, health care, economic opportunities and safe living conditions.

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