Catherine Royans

Ms Catherine Royans

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Student

School of Education

Faculty of Arts


Catherine is driving change to encourage more girls to choose a career in STEM through her work, research and public speaking.

After more than a decade of frustration as a high school teacher watching girls drop out of science and maths (STEM) subjects, she commenced her PhD at the University of Adelaide to find out why.

Catherine's fascination with science started in early childhood with investigations of caterpillars and the robustness of their respiratory system. This led to her to completing a degree in Genetics and Zoology, with Honours in Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Adelaide.

She is also the Program Coordinator for SWIFT (Strong Women in Future Technologies) where she works to equip girls with the tools for a career in STEM and helps teachers promote careers for girls in technology.

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    2019 Nguyen, N. N., Dutschke, A. K., Hayford, J. A., Oko, J., & White, C. A. (2019). Theories and practice for 21st century learning and teaching in higher education, TAFE and secondary education. Poster session presented at the meeting of HERGA 2019. Adelaide.

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