Mariana Campos is the winner of the scholarship program “Meninas na Ciência powered by Barbie”


Mariana Campos is the big winner of the “Meninas na Ciência powered by Barbie" (Girls in Science powered by Barbie) program. The student will now enjoy a 3,000€ scholarship to continue her training in the Undergraduate Programme in Cell and Molecular Biology at the NOVA School of Science and Technology.

The program, which results from the partnership between Elvira Fortunato and Barbie, created within the scope of the “Dream Gap Project”, aims to combat inequality and positively influence the women of tomorrow.

The project presentation pitch took place at Caparica Campus, with Mariana Campos' “Electromagnetic Induction” project standing out for its creativity and feasibility. Among the 10 finalists, the successful winner and now a student at the NOVA School of Science and Technology captivated the panel of judges of excellence composed by Elvira Fortunato, professor and researcher at FCT NOVA, Sara Marçal, Manager Market Developer at Mattel and Rosália Vargas, President of Ciência Viva.

The “Meninas na Ciência powered by Barbie” program was aimed at all female students attending the 12th year of schooling in Portugal. To participate, the students had to develop an innovation and creativity project that would support them answer the question “How could you change the world through science?”.