Dresden, Germany | ZEISS Group
The twelfth ZEISS Women Award was presented in Dresden on 14 October. This prize honors outstanding female graduands in the digital and IT sectors.
The award open for applications across Germany and allows successful young female computer scientists to be publicly recognized and encourages more women to pursue a career in the IT industry. The award winners are high-achieving young female computer scientists who engage with social issues alongside their studies and have personalities that make them ideal role.
First place went to Meike Nauta. A doctoral student at the University of Twente, the Netherlands and at the Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Medicine's University Hospital in Essen, Germany. She visited schools on a voluntary basis as an "ambassador for women in STEM professions" among other things. The runner-up is Lisa Ihde. She is completing a master's degree in IT Systems Engineering at the Digital Engineering Faculty of the University of Potsdam and the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, where she also works as an Equal Opportunities Officer. Third place went to Thuy Linh Jenny Phan from Chemnitz. She studies Business Informatics at the University of Applied Sciences Dresden on the master's program, volunteers as a welcome tutor for student services in Dresden and represents the student community on various boards there. A special prize was also awarded to Kristin Freudenberg, who is studying for a master's degree in IT from Zittau Görlitz University of Applied Sciences. The mother of two children under four impressed the judges with her exceptional determination.