Do You Know A Woman In STEM Who Should Be Recognised As A COVID Hero?
Submit your nominations to help WISE celebrate their work and legacy.
Since the start of the COVID pandemic, women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) have helped improve our lives, communities and economy for the better.
We want to learn, share and celebrate the stories of unsung COVID heroes – to shine a light on women in STEM whose actions and brilliance have helped many through this unprecedented time.
Download WISE’s Awards pack
As part of the nomination process you will be asked a set of questions specific to each category, please prepare your answers prior to starting the nomination process
WISE Tech Award
This award will go to an exceptional woman who developed a new technological or digital solution to solve a societal, medical (not vaccine related) or technological challenge caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The individual will have identified a problem that needed to be solved, then acted to deliver a successful response.
What problem or challenge did the technological or digital solution address?
WISE New Educator Award
This award will recognise a woman who developed an innovative approach to education or training, working at any level or in any sphere, to overcome a challenge created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The award is not limited to professional educators and will focus on impact.
What has the nominee done to continue to deliver STEM education/training during the Covid pandemic?
WISE Data Solution Award
This category aims to recognise an exceptional woman who created a novel data driven or analytical solution to a problem caused by the pandemic. We encourage women from all sectors to apply. Judges will be looking for innovative solutions likely to inspire other girls or women to follow their example.
What problem did the solution solve?
WISE D&I Award
This award will recognise an individual, group or organisation that found innovative ways of ensuring that Diversity and Inclusion targets were met during the pandemic. The judges will assess support and training established by the solution. They will also examine evidence of targets met and impact on women within the relevant group or organisation.
What has the nominee done to encourage their organisation to remain focused on D&I initiatives and objectives? Who has the nominee targeted and why?
WISE Community Champion Award
This award seeks to recognise a woman who developed a STEM solution to support community members during the pandemic. The work will have been done either as part of their employment or within a voluntary capacity. WISE is looking for new faces and potential STEM role models to champion STEM solutions developed for the public good. The winner will be held up as an example of ways in which women have contributed to STEM developments with a view to inspiring girls and women to work in the sectors.
Tell us about the solution developed, and how the idea was generated?
WISE Responsive Hero Award
This award will recognise and celebrate a STEM hero whose paid or voluntary work during the pandemic was exceptional. This person’s response will have been over and above their traditional voluntary or paid duties.
Describe the work done, and how the nominee’s STEM expertise enabled this?
How to nominate your COVID hero (submit your nomination by 31st December)
Step 1: Complete the online nomination form
Step 2: The Nominee will receive a digital certificate confirming they have been nominated for an award
Step 3: Shout about your nomination and the difference that’s been made by your hero on social media; check out the media toolkit if you need some inspiration
Step 4: Keep an eye out for award updates; award winners will be notified at the end of January 2022
Step 5: Award winners will be invited to an exclusive VIP drinks reception for finalists, sponsors and prominent members of the WISE network in Central London in March 2022
Note: You don’t have to be a WISE member to take part. Our awards are open to everyone and we encourage multiple nominations.