University of Western Australia: Scholarships help students mine new opportunities

They might have very different backgrounds but Jemima Reid and Takudzwa (Kevin) Steamer share a common goal, to have a successful career in mining and be positive mentors for others.

The University of Western Australia science students are a step closer to their dream after being named AusIMM scholarship winners for 2022, funded by the AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) Education Endowment Fund.

Jemima and Takudza will receive financial support, professional development and career-building networking opportunities during their studies to help them carve a successful career in the mining industry.

Bachelor of Science (Mining Engineering Science) student Jemima from Mullewa says she was inspired to study mining during the first year of her degree, when she volunteered for the careers showcase Get Into Resources as a guide.

“When I spoke to engineers from within the industry, I realised that mining offered me an opportunity to work abroad and in rural communities and it also appealed to my passion for problem solving, innovation and leadership, as well as working practically,” Jemima said.

Her dream has been further fuelled by vacation work for Barminco and Western Areas and by time spent working for the Australian Centre for Geomechanics as a research assistant in geotechnology.

Currently President of the AusIMM UWA Student Chapter and a project leader for UWA Young Engineers, Jemima is also passionate about community engagement and says she hopes to inspire more young people, especially young women, to take up a career in mining.

Having been born in Zimbabwe, attending primary school in England and finishing his secondary education in Western Australia, Takudzwa, who lives in Victoria Park, says he has come to understand that the key to any successful project is diversity and understanding others’ perspectives.

The Bachelor of Science/Masters of Professional Engineering student sits on the executive committee for UWA’s Young Engineers and committee for the AusIMM UWA Student Chapter and has been a Teach For Australia ambassador, Engineers Without Borders outreach presenter and Ignite mentor.

“I was drawn to the resources industry because of my passion for problem solving and my love of teamwork and found out later that my great grandfather has worked in an asbestos mine in Zimbabwe for many years,” Takudza said.

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