Dr. Uwurukundo Awarded “Female Rising Star” at the Women In Science Awards

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Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion (Left) and Dr. Marie Sagesse Uwurukundo, a Lecturer and Learning Design Expert at Kepler (Right)

Kigali, 9 February 2024 – Dr. Marie Sagesse Uwurukundo, a Lecturer and Learning Design Expert at Kepler, was honored with the “Female Rising Star Award” for her outstanding work in engaging, inspiring and promoting women and girls in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at the prestigious Women in Science Awards, which took place in Kigali, Rwanda, on Friday, 9 February 2024.

The ceremony, a collaborative effort by the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST) and the Rwanda Association of Women in Science and Engineering (RAWISE), convened scientists across various domains, especially girls and women, to propel equality in science, technology, and innovation, aligning with the 2030 agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Dr. Uwurukundo, recognized in the “Rising Star” category, stood among other laureates celebrated for their leadership, research, and potential in science. Her achievement not only shines a light on her remarkable expertise in mathematical  education and research but also underscores the critical role women play in pushing the boundaries of knowledge and new pathways to innovation.

“This award is a recognition of innovation brought in creating physical and tangible solutions for societal problems, but also a motivation to continue, alongside my fellow women and girl scientists, in breaking barriers and light up the path for generations to come, “ she reflected.

Dr. Valentine Uwamariya, Rwanda’s Minister of Gender and Family Promotion, who officiated the event reiterated the government’s commitment to narrowing the gender gap in education and supporting women and girls in science, underlining the national strategy for achieving sustainable development through inclusivity in science and technology.

The awards ceremony was held in line with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, celebrated this year on February 11, under the theme, “Women in Science Leadership: A New Era for Sustainability.