Defying All Odds

June 11, 2015
A young girl studies in a classroom

Morrine Omolo is committed to mentoring young girls, especially those interested in science, technology, engineering, and math education (STEM) fields.

With a new prestigious award from the Schlumberger Foundation, Omolo will have added support on her path. A graduate student in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Omolo has been awarded a Faculty for the Future Fellowship—the first-ever U of M recipient. She'll receive up to $50,000 per year for five years as she pursues her doctorate degree.

Prior recipients have gone on to become some of the most influential female scientist role models and motivational speakers around the world.

Grant recipients are selected as much for their leadership capabilities as for their scientific talents. Ultimately they are expected to return to their home countries to continue their academic careers, to further their research, to teach, and to become inspiring role models for other young women, especially in the STEM fields.

A native of Kikuyu County, Kenya, Omolo says that she hopes the recognition will motivate girls from Africa to work hard and face the future with the hope that they too can become engineers, scientists, doctors, and professors if given the opportunity.

"I am humbled to be joining a family of brilliant women who … have defied every odd to venture into STEM fields," says Omolo.