Female undergraduate claims international Google scholarship

scholarship-imgA York student has been chosen as one of the 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial scholars for the next academic year.

The third year Electronics undergraduate, Viviam Reyes, will travel to Zurich in early July to attend a three day retreat at the headquarters of Google, in the run up to the prestigious scheme.

Reyes said: “Many people stereotype saying that science relates to men and humanities and arts relate to women. This type of stereotyping can lower women’s aspirations for science and engineering careers, it is a major cultural problem and it is something we need to argue against and change.

“Women are exceptional integrators, team builders, have the ability to multitask, and yet they have been traditionally underrepresented in the field of technology. Women certainly play an essential role in this field and I am extremely grateful to be one of the 2014 Google Anita Borg Memorial scholars.”

She added:  “I encourage every woman in the field to never underestimate themselves and to always believe in their potential.”

Scholars receive €7,000 for the entire year and are awarded on the strength of their academic background, passion for increasing the involvement of women in computer science, and demonstrated leadership.

Launched in 2004, The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship honours the work of Dr. Anita Borg and supports women in technology.

Google hopes to encourage women to excel in computing and technology and become active role models and leaders in the field.