Beauty and Brains: The Women of STEM at Miss Universe

by Modis on January 26, 2015

Last night’s Miss Universe pageant featured several women with education and professional experience in the STEM field. While the presence of women in STEM has grown over the past few years, many still feel that women remain a minority. As more visible role models such as Miss Universe contestants declare their aspirations in science, tech, engineering, mathematics and other traditionally male-dominated industries, more and more opportunities open up for women.

At Modis, we’re no stranger to brilliant pageant women – Modis colleague and Miss Nebraska Amanda Reinert, recently competed in Mrs. America. Today, we’re shining the spotlight on some of the STEM role models in the Miss Universe pageant:

Miss Belgium

Miss Belgium Anissa Boldin Engineering Student

Anissa Blondin is a fourth-year business and engineering student at a university on the outskirts of Brussels.

Miss Kazakhstan

Miss Kazakhstan Aiday Issayeva Doctor

Studying medicine since childhood, Aiday Issayeva graduated from Kazakh National Medical University. She now works as a doctor.

Miss Lebanon

Miss Lebanon Saly Greige Engineering
A strong believer in ambition, determination and knowledge, Saly Greige graduated with a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering two years ago.

Miss Philippines

Miss Philippines Mary Jean Lastimosa Computer Engineering

With the help of scholarships, Mary Jean Lastimosa successfully completed courses in Computer Engineering.

Miss Russia

Miss Russia Yulia Alipova Engineering

The daughter of an engineer, Yulia Alipova dreamed of a high quality education as a little girl. She graduated from the Moscow Power Engineering Institute in 2013 with two degrees.

The Future of Women in STEM

As the face of STEM role models continues to change, programs like Hackbright Academy, the Women’s Coding Collective and The National Center for Women & Information Technology’s (NCWIT) Pacesetters Program are bringing more opportunities for women in tech than ever before.

Subsequently, the tech talent pool is changing and Modis is prepared to be a partner for businesses looking to add greater overall talent to their workforce as well as help women find IT careers with exceptional employers. Contact us today.

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Jearic December 20, 2015 at 4:52 pm

That is an excellent point! According to a few seuidts, role models and mentors do make a difference. I’m hoping to write more about this. One assessment called the athena factor looked at women in science/engineering/technology and did find that women who have sponsors were less likely to consider leaving the field than those without sponsors.

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