Jasmin is bound for the USA

UCLan physics student Jasmin Evans
UCLan physics student Jasmin Evans

TEENAGER Jasmin Evans only started her physics degree course a few days ago - and is already gaining an international reputation.

For the University of Central Lancashire scholar is one of only five women from a national mentoring scheme attending the world’s largest gathering of women technologists.

The first year physics student is attending the Grace Hopper Celebration in Arizona this week, which celebrates women in computing, after she impressed the organisers of a summer mentoring scheme.

Jasmin ,19, took part in the four month 2014 Student to Stemette mentoring scheme earlier this year which girls over the age of 16 with women currently working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to receive guidance and build networks for their future careers. Run in conjunction with Deutsche Bank, Stemettes exists to get more women and young girls interested in STEM activities.

After blogging about her mentoring experience she impressed project organisers and was picked to be one of only five people to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the Grace Hopper Celebration.

The international event attracts over 2,000 women from around the world and features high profile speakers from a variety of industries.

Jasmin said: “I was really shocked to be picked and I can’t wait to make the most of the opportunity to meet other women working in STEM subjects, explore new technologies being developed and even possibly steer my own future career options.

“I am a big advocator of encouraging girls to get more involved in science and technology and the Student to Stemette and Grace Hopper Celebration schemes share this sentiment.”

Jasmin began her studies at UCLan as a foundation student last year and also volunteers at Kielder Observatory.