Australia-based Pinay wins Unesco award for quantum physics research

Dr. Jacquiline Romero, a former science scholar and University of the Philippines alumna, bagged the prestigious L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science fellowship for her exceptional research in quantum physics.

Dr. Jacquiline Romero

Dr. Jacquiline Romero

Romero was a merit scholar of the Department of Science and Technology-Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI) for her bachelor’s degree in physics.

Now a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, Romero was chosen for her work on quantum alphabets where she unraveled key information in quantum science. With still so much to explore in the field, her work is anticipated to make a huge contribution to its further development and utilization.

Romero rose to prominence in 2015 for her breakthrough experiments and researches in quantum physics. She was part of a research team at the University of Glasgow that discovered a method to slow down light particles in free space.

Not resting on her laurels, she dug deeper into quantum physics and brought us closer to understanding the theory of entanglement. This fascinating theory explains that particles share information regardless of distance.

A scientist and a mother of three kids, she proves that the two roles can go together. For Romero, winning the L’Oreal Unesco For Women in Science Australian Fellowship gives her the opportunity to “bring this story that mothers can also succeed in science.”

She joins four other women researchers from Australia and New Zealand who are awarded a $25,000 fellowship to help further their research.

“This award will help me accelerate my research. By exploring high dimensional quantum physics, I believe that I will be able to unlock a new physics of information that is currently unknown to us,” she said.

The Fellowship is part of the For Women in Science program which L’Oréal and Unesco started in 1998 to highlight and encourage women’s participation in science.

SEI director Josette Biyo lauded Romero’s feat and urged current DOST scholars to follow in her footsteps.

“Quantum physics may still be an enigma to most but its influence is not isolated from the knowledge and technology-driven world we have today. Thanks to the efforts of scientists like Dr. Jacquiline Romero, we may soon utilize the untapped potential of the quantum world,” she said.

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