FORMER Tamworth woman Karlie Noon has been named a finalist in the ACT Young Australian of the Year Awards.
Ms Noon currently lives in Canberra where she’s studying studying a Masters degree in Astronomy and Astrophysics.
Ms Noon is one of four finalists and she will find out if she is named the ACT Young Australian of the Year on Monday.
Regardless of the announcement, Ms Noon’s star continues to rise and she hoped it would help open the door to STEM for women.
“I want to push the idea that anybody can achieve a career in STEM, everyone has the right to equal opportunities, including young women, including young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people,” she said.
“Including refugees, immigrants and people who are living on the poverty line have just as much right to the opportunities.”
She said the support of her family, particularly her grandmother, gave her the confidence to pursue her career in science.
I am ridiculously humbled to announce that I am a ACT Young #AusoftheYear 2019 finalist. Working for the past 7 years, engaging Indigenous communities in STEM & the Australian public on diversity in STEM is being recognized. I am so honoured to represent such an important cause.— Karlie Alinta Noon (@karlienoon) 23 October 2018