The Women of Color STEM Conference has named UT’s Jasmine Worlds the 2017 recipient of the Student Leadership Award from the Career Communication Group.
Worlds, a senior in mechanical engineering, was honored for her work in engineering and her commitment to volunteer outside the classroom. She received the award October 7 at the group’s conference in Detroit, Michigan.
“UT provides many opportunities for its students to lead,” said Worlds. “Having the opportunity to create or influence change is important, and UT has provided a space where it is possible to do so.”
A native of Arlington, Tennessee, Worlds participated in the 2013 Tennessee Louis Stokes Alliance in Minority Participation summer bridge program and was later appointed the academic excellence chair for the National Society of Black Engineers chapter at UT.
With NSBE, Worlds was able to implement study halls and several academic incentives, and was instrumental in providing chapter members with scholarship information and encouragement to compete in regional/national competitions. She also helped coordinate the group’s “Mini-Seek” event, which brings 100 elementary students on UT’s campus for a day each year
Worlds has served as a precollege counselor during several summer camps, in the Office of Engineering Diversity programs, and as a student chair for the WomEngineers Leadership Council.
In that role, she worked with faculty, staff, alumni, and senior-level industry representatives to plan the first annual WomEngineers First-Year Welcome Dinner and a one-day conference for nearly 400 attendees.
“I’ve surrounded myself with others who are just as goal-driven and hard working as I am, and those relationships have shaped me into a motivated, career-driven individual,” said Worlds. “I am extremely passionate about the diversity and inclusion efforts within the college, and receiving this award confirms that I have been able to make an impactful difference.”
Her time at UT has opened up several opportunities for her, including a co-op experience with Fiat Chrysler, a study abroad experience in London, and time spent working with PepsiCo/Frito Lay in Dallas. She plans to return to PepsiCo/Frito Lay as a project engineer after graduating in May.