Punta Arenas, Chile – June 26, 2020
To bring together and give academic and professional support to students in its Women in Science and Engineering scholarship program, GeoPark has created a dedicated online space for them within its internal communications channels.
The initiative will offer students support proposals such as training, talks and the opportunity to tap the experience of GeoPark professionals in different countries.
The site “adds value to our academic growth and development and allows us to interact with other professionals and future colleagues in the region,” said Jocelyn Vallejos, a civil engineering student from Punta Arenas, Chile. Micol Aguilera, a chemical engineering student from Cutral Co in Argentina’s Neuquen province, stressed the possibility of meeting other scholars and being part of a new community. “With this platform we are going to feel much closer despite the distance, and the most special thing is that they make us feel part of the company,” she said. For her part, Adriana Del Pilar Martinez Rincon, an electrical engineering student from Colombia’s Casanare department described the initiative as “a great opportunity to exchange knowledge with other students and interact with prestigious professionals.”
GeoPark has offered the Timothy O’Shaughnessy University Scholarship Program for Women in Science and Engineering since 2013. The program gives young women from the regions where GeoPark operates access to university education in science and engineering.
At present, the program has 13 students from Argentina, Chile and Colombia, who are at different stages of their university studies in courses such as chemical engineering, civil engineering, electronic engineering, biochemical engineering, electronic engineering, and electrical engineering.
Within the framework of its sustainability strategy, a GeoPark priority is to promote educational projects in the communities neighboring its operations, with the commitment to become the neighbor and partner of choice based on a sustainable relationship of learning and mutual benefit.