To mark 2019 International Women’s Day (#BalanceforBetter), NCWQ is profiling an impressive women each day in and around the 8th March. These featured young women are past NCWQ Bursary Recipients, and have demonstrated incredible leadership, success, community service, intelligence and commitment to their personal and professional passions. In today’s feature, past bursary recipient Supre Paleyanda Ponnappa shares her thoughts.

To learn more about the bursary program, keep an eye on our website in the coming month. 

What were the benefits to you in being a 2018 NCWQ bursary recipient?

Women return to work bursary award 2018 helped to know and connect many women who faced similar problems and been stood for themselves. It’s a great arena to know “you are not alone”. The bursary amount was used to buy consumables and other bills related to my work.

What are your goals for this year?

I am trying to keep it simple his year. Completion of my Doctoral Degree from QUT with a good number of publications and definitely a job to translate my research on early cancer detection using biosensors to real lives to benefit the community.

What is your personal mantra or self-talk that you use to keep yourself on track in pursuing your aspirations?

I keep telling this to myself. I have three B’s; Beautiful, Bold and Brainy. The only person who can do this is “you”.

Who have been your most significant woman role models?

Honestly, I am thrilled by many women and it keeps changing, every time I read about powerful women in business or politics.

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