Adedayo A., 28 – FUNDED

Adedayo A. earned her bachelor’s degree in Surveying and Geoinformatics from Bells University of Technology — and while there, she was actively involved in the Nigerian Institution of Surveying and Geoinformatics Students (NISGSs) as the general secretary, organizing tutorials for students. Now, this Paliwal Club of 100 STEAM Scholar is currently pursuing her master’s and Ph.D. studies in the College of Civil and Construction Engineering at Oregon State University! Her research interests are Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Ionospheric and Tropospheric delay, geodesy, and environmental monitoring (read on for a bit more about what this means!).

What is your professional dream?

Looking ahead, my professional dream is to be a Professor and a Researcher, thereby leveraging my interdisciplinary expertise to contribute meaningfully to the fields of geospatial technology, environmental monitoring, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). I aspire to be at the forefront of innovative solutions that address real-world challenges and advance our understanding of the Earth’s dynamic processes.

What does being in the Paliwal Club of 100 mean to you? 

It’s an immense honor and source of pride for me. It signifies not only recognition for my academic achievements and contributions, but also a sense of belonging to a community that values excellence and innovation in the field of geospatial technology and environmental monitoring.

The Paliwal Club of 100 serves as a platform that connects individuals who share a passion for advancing scientific knowledge and making meaningful contributions to society. As a member, I am inspired by the opportunity to engage with like-minded peers, mentors, and professionals who are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in STEAM fields.

Moreover, being part of this exclusive club represents a responsibility to uphold the values of excellence, integrity, and collaboration. It motivates me to continue striving for academic and research excellence, contributing to the advancement of geospatial technology, and inspiring future generations to pursue careers in STEM.

The recognition from the Paliwal Club of 100 is a validation of my commitment to making a positive impact in my chosen field. It provides not only a sense of accomplishment but also the encouragement to aim higher and dream bigger. I am grateful for the support and acknowledgment that being a member of this prestigious club brings, and I am excited about the opportunities it opens for further growth, collaboration, and success in my academic and professional journey.

Women are underrepresented in the S.T.E.A.M. (science, tech, arts or math) fields and music industry. How can we change this? 

Addressing the underrepresentation of women in STEAM fields and the music industry is a complex challenge that necessitates a comprehensive and inclusive approach. One fundamental strategy involves promoting early exposure for girls to STEAM and music through educational initiatives and extracurricular activities. Providing access to positive female role models and mentorship programs can inspire the next generation and reinforce the notion that these fields are accessible to everyone.

Ensuring equal opportunities is crucial in dismantling barriers. Educational institutions and workplaces should cultivate inclusive cultures that value diversity. Establishing scholarship programs and grants dedicated to supporting women in STEAM and the music industry can help create a more level playing field for aspiring professionals.

Industry support is also pivotal. Collaboration between educational institutions and industry leaders can facilitate entry and success for women in these fields. Advocating for inclusive policies, such as unbiased recruitment practices and flexible work arrangements, is essential for fostering diverse and equitable workplaces.

Community engagement plays a vital role. Supporting grassroots initiatives that empower women in STEAM and music, along with involving parents in encouraging their daughters’ interests, contributes to a supportive ecosystem. Encouraging parental involvement and dismantling stereotypes can help break down societal barriers.

Media representation is a powerful tool. Encouraging positive portrayals of women in STEAM and the music industry, as well as showcasing success stories through various media channels, can challenge stereotypes and inspire future generations.

By collectively embracing these strategies, we can work towards fostering greater equity and representation for women in STEAM fields and the music industry.

What are some of the challenges you have faced along the way?

Throughout my educational and professional journey, I have encountered various challenges that have contributed to my growth and resilience. One notable challenge has been the gender imbalance in the field of geospatial technology and environmental monitoring. As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated discipline, I have sometimes faced stereotypes and biases. For instance, during my undergraduate studies, there were instances where I felt the need to prove my capabilities more than my male counterparts, overcoming preconceived notions about gender roles in the field. Another challenge has been adapting to a new educational system and cultural environment.

Pursuing my graduate studies at Oregon State University in the United States presented both academic and cultural adjustments. Navigating a different academic structure, teaching methods, and societal norms required resilience and adaptability. However, overcoming these challenges has enriched my perspective and strengthened my ability to thrive in diverse settings.

Balancing academic commitments and extracurricular responsibilities has been an ongoing challenge. While actively participating in student organizations and leadership roles, such as being the secretary for American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) Oregon State University chapter and being the membership Director for Society of Manufacturing Engineers at Oregon State University, time management became crucial. Juggling coursework, research, and organizational duties demanded effective organizational and prioritization skills. Overall, each challenge has presented an opportunity for personal and professional development.

Overcoming gender biases, adapting to new environments, managing time effectively, and addressing financial constraints have collectively shaped my resilience and determination to succeed in my chosen field.

How will this grant from the 1,000 Dreams Fund help you reach your goals?

It will play a pivotal role in empowering me to achieve my academic and professional aspirations. As a dedicated student and researcher in the fields of geospatial technology, environmental monitoring, and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), the financial support provided by this grant will significantly alleviate the challenges I face.

Primarily, the grant will be instrumental in covering the costs associated with my participation in the ION-ITM conference at Hyatt Regency Long Beach, Long Beach, California.

Attendance at this conference is crucial for enhancing my professional skills, expanding my network, and staying abreast of the latest developments in my field. The exposure gained from such conferences is invaluable, and the grant will ensure that I can fully engage in this opportunity without financial constraints.

Overall, this grant represents more than just financial assistance; it symbolizes a vote of confidence in my potential and a recognition of the importance of fostering diversity and inclusion in STEAM fields. With the support of the 1,000 Dreams Fund, I am confident that this will enhance my professional skills and continue progressing toward my goals with determination and excellence.