Brigitte Gilles Prize 2014© Martin Lux
RWTH Aachen has awarded two projects with the Brigitte Gilles Prize. School students from the Junior Ingenieur Akademie at Inda-Gymnasium in Aachen-Kornelimünster and the organizers of an equal opportunities project in the RWTH-AStA received their prizes during an award ceremony.
The prize is named after Brigitte Gilles, who served as professor of psychology at RWTH Aachen from 1980 to 1994. Already at the start of her career, Brigitte Gilles invested in gender equality at the university. In 1991, Professor Brigitte Gilles was chosen as the first RWTH Aachen Representative for Women.
By awarding the prize, RWTH promotes the percentage of women in technical and natural science courses of study and the number of female researchers. It also generally contributes to the improvement of women's teaching and working conditions at the University.
The Brigitte Gilles Prize is awarded in two categories. A school project from the Aachen region and an internal university project are awarded. Selection criteria include innovation, sustainability, and its relation to RWTH Aachen. The prize for each category is endowed with 2,500 Euros.© Martin Lux
The Junior Ingenieur Akademie
The goal of the Junior Ingenieur Akademie at Inda-Gymnasium in Aachen-Kornelimünster is school students' early contact with work done by engineers. Diverse projects get participants interested in topics like mechanical engineering, robotics, computer science, and metrology. The school administration fills half of the available spots with girls. The first female graduates of the Junior Ingenieur Akademie have already proven its success: all of the girl chose to study a STEM subject. Teacher Klaus Buschhüter, and the principal, Arthur Bierganz, also celebrated along with the girls as they accepted the award.
Student Equal Opportunities Project
A poster campaign against sexism, homophobia, and discrimination was organized by Frederik Hake, Katrin Prost, and Julia Ebertshäuser. The AStA project illustrated the problems that students, above all female students, experience at RWTH. The initiators wanted to not only raise awareness for gender equality but also aspects of diversity.