Guyanese Wainella Isaacs Awarded prestigious fellowship for Women in STEM
Wainella Isaacs, a PhD student in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida, has been awarded a highly competitive Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship for Women in STEM. The fellowship covers a stipend, tuition and fees, medical insurance, and research and conference travel. She was one of 38 new awardees out of more than 500 applications received for the 2019-2020 academic year. Fellowships are awarded based on the applicant’s academic ability, leadership qualities, and engagement in STEM outreach activities in under-served communities in their home countries.
Wainella is completing her doctorate in Environmental Engineering under the supervision of Professor Maya Trotz. She holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering Science – Concentration Environmental Engineering from USF, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry and Environmental and Natural Resources Management with a minor in Economics from the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine. She graduated at UWI as the first Dual Valedictorian for the Faculties of the Science and Technology, and Food and Agriculture.
Wainella’s research interests are at the nexus of sustainability, resilience planning, and gender mainstreaming of water and energy infrastructure development. As part of her graduate training she has co-written grant applications (including technical reports – gender analysis; environmental and social impact assessment) for the Green Climate Fund on behalf of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and the Barbados Water Authority.