About us

The STEM Spotlight program was founded by Dr. Maggy Lord, an academic at the University of Queensland. The program specifically aims to ignite a spark in students from culturally and lingustically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) careers. We do this by providing an opportunity for students to explore STEM career options in a safe and engaging space through our STEM Spotlight Lab at UQ St Lucia campus. We also deliver a series of in and out of school mentorship programs and science workshops in schools. These programs are delivered by STEM professionals and ambassodors who share their personal STEM journeys to empower the participants, create a sense of belonging and ignite a spark.

STEM Spotlight Lab
  • Vision Statement Provide a safe and engaging space for students to explore STEM career options and ignite a spark to pursue STEM Career options.
  • Mission Statement Share real world stories to empower the current generation of primary and high school students to pursue STEM careers.

The STEM Spotlight Lab

The STEM Spotlight Lab offers an opportunity for students from year 8-9 to visit UQ, hear from STEM professionals and engage in hands-on STEM activities. The next event will be held on the 22nd Nov 2024. Expression of Interest to visit the labs are now open for eligible schools.

Click here to fill the expression of interest form to participate in this event

STEM Spotlight Lab

Dr Maggy Lord (Founder)

Dr Maggy Lord is an infectious disease researcher/senior lecturer at the University of QLD. Dr Lord completed her PhD in 2013 at Griffith University. She is a senior lecturer at UQ and leads a team of researchers to develop novel diagnostic tools for infectious diseases. She is co-founder of Disease Advisor Pty Ltd. Her passion for mentoring students dates back a decade ago. Maggy attributes her career success to the mentorship she received while she was in high school. She has conducted multiple high school/primary/kindy lectures in several schools around Brisbane as well as in Cairns while showcasing her work on vector-borne diseases to students. In 2018, she established She Shines Memorial Association which offers mentorship among other programs to school girls in Kenya. She Shines has to date impacted the lives of over 2000 girls. Through this STEM Spotlight program, she hopes to encourage as many students as possible to rise up to the challenge and choose STEM related careers.