Dr Egyir’s bio
Dr. Mrs. Selina Naana Egyir is an Associate Fellow of The Higher (the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education). She is currently a lecturer at the University of Education Winneba and a reviewer for the Proceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers-Water Management (UK).
Dr. Mrs. Egyir holds a PhD from Heriot-Watt University in the UK, and two MSc degrees from Kristianstad and Mälardalen universities in Sweden. She has also served as a Research Assistant, for a year, at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid, Spain, where she researched on the dormancy, germination and toxin production in Cyanobacteria and its impact on perennial blooms in lakes and reservoirs in conjunction with the European Water Framework Directive.
In all, she has been awarded more than $185,000 in scholarships to pursue her advanced degrees. She had her undergraduate education at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), earning a BSc in Natural Resources Management in 2008 and subsequently serving as a Teaching Assistant for a year. She also serves as a mentor in Ghana. She’s mentored with Hold a Hand, a Ghanaian NGO that facilitates school-based mentoring programme for young persons in public schools and Moremi initiative Womentoring sessions where she mentors young females in STEM.
Dr. Mrs. Egyir began her research career in 2007 working under the supervision of Professor Mrs. Esi Awuah and Mr. Kobbina Awuah on a UNICEF/EU funded project with students from Cornell University (New York) on testing the quality of the source of drinking water in some selected communities in the Northern Region of Ghana after which she volunteered with community engagement on the sensitization of guinea worm infection which was predominant in the Northern Region of Ghana.
In late 2007, she worked with Dr. Benjamin Campion of KNUST on the use of GIS for watershed management using Digital Elevation Models in Aboabo, Kumasi. In early 2008, she was part of a voluntary sensitization program called Earth watch on KNUST campus local station where she helped sensitize students on sustainable living, the environment and importance of Ghana’s natural resources. In late 2008, she worked on collaborative research between KNUST and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University sponsored by USAID /CRSP on “Characterization of pond effluents and biological and physiological assessment of receiving waters in Ghana” and “Aquaculture information sources for small-scale fish farmers: the case of Ghana”.
During her PhD, from May 2013-June 2014, Selina has run interactive workshops using physical models to engage primary and secondary school students on community resilience and the role that individuals can play in protecting themselves and their neighbours from flooding in UK communities.
Why did you get into STEM?
It has always been my belief that in a world that humans are eager to explore and exploit, ecologists, scientists and engineers of all sorts will be needed to sound the necessary caution and direct man to a more sustainable future, thus my interest in STEM.
What do you consider your greatest achievements?
Impacting the lives of young women I come into contact with.
What challenges have you faced as a woman in STEM and how did you overcome them?
Being overlooked and my capabilities being questioned because of my gender, age and marital status (was single at most time of my career development).
What is your advice to budding women in STEM?
Don’t let others tell you you can’t do it because you are a woman. Girls should never be afraid to be smart in STEM. Let’s break the stereotypes and be role models in STEM. The disappointments we see today are not setbacks. They are our ladders to get to the top. We are women, we are curious, we are agents of change and we are the world.
Be a humble woman, as well as a woman of substance; have a positive influence; be a woman of meaning; use your voice; live up to your morals and values (always remain aware of them). And last but not the least, do what excites and motivates you. Don’t settle because you have to, settle because you want to.