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Do your research. PLEASE don't just pick the obvious famous female scientists such as Marie Curie or Rosalind Franklin without first taking time to look more widely, as there are many, many women who have worked and still work in STEM that have fascinating and important stories to tell.

Try using your school library and local library to start with; the British Library and Wellcome Library in central London also offer excellent resources. Of course the internet is an excellent way to do research. You may have internet access at home; if not, then perhaps you have access at school your teachers can advise. Many local libraries also offer free internet access just ask a member of staff for help.

The essay should cover the main aspects of the woman's life and career (i.e. choose one woman associated with science, technology, engineering or mathematics (she can be dead or alive) and write a short essay about her, considering her story, the career path she took, her discoveries, and make the link with how her work impacts on our everyday lives). However, you should feel free to be creative in how this information is presented and interpreted. Try to write the essay in a lively and interesting way, as if you were writing it for a magazine or newspaper. Make every effort to be accurate. Write in a clear and direct style.

Copying text written by others is known as plagiarism - a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work. This is NOT acceptable. Make notes as you go and then write the essay in your own words.

Don't forget to spell-check your work in your word processor.

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