Dr. Monica Pandey, an alumnus of the School of Engineering Science and Technology (SEST), University of Hyderabad (UoH) has bagged the AWSAR award for her story “My Curious Cousins”. Dr. Monica received the award from the Hon’ble Minister of Science & Technology Shri Jitendra Singh among many dignitaries on National Science Day at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi. She was working under the supervision of Prof. MG Krishna and Dr. Pradip Paik in 2022.

Dr. Monica says, “Besides getting the award, the entire process and the ceremony has been an experience in itself. I could meet many scholars and learned personnel with so much of experience and knowledge who are working to popularise science. It was also a motivation to work more towards popularising Science”.

Dr. Monica feels that most of the researchers are on various fellowships and are working on various projects, yet many fail to reach the public or explain their work in simple words. Hence, it is necessary that the researchers write about their work in simple language so that the common people are aware of what’s happening in the research laboratories.