The Chemistry WISE team provides a networking resource for women graduate students and post-docs in the department, with the goal of increasing the recruitment and retention of women, and improving the climate for all chemists.

WISE, 2018

Ice Cream Social 2019

Making of liquid N2 ice cream to start the new school year!

   Wise Owl General WISE cup





To learn more about WISE, support us and get involved, please email to wisechem@umn.edu.
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Events and News

A Virtual Lunch/Networking Event for Graduate and Postdoctoral Women in the College of Science and Engineering will be held with Marie Manner of 3M (PhD in CS&E) for Graduate and Postdoctoral Women on Friday, April 17th from 12:15-1:15 PM. A flyer for the event is below.

Please check your email or contact wisechem@umn.edu for the Zoom link.

Bring your own lunch!

Marie Manner Ph.D., is a Data Scientist at 3M in the Personal Safety Division. Her group, Connected Safety, makes products at the intersection of the Industrial Internet of Things and personal protective equipment. Her
research and development work does not sound very fun, but it is - some of her main tasks are analysing app data, performing competitive analysis, and making snazzy, patentable proofs of concept for digital safety tools. Marie earned her B.S. in mathematics from St. Catherine University, working in software quality assurance after graduation. After spending a year in industry, she left for graduate studies at the University of Minnesota. There she earned her M.S., teaching and working on the side, and then her Ph.D in computer science in 2018.

Her thesis work focused on child-robot interactions, trying to differentiate typically and atypically developing toddlers to help diagnose autism earlier in young children. She uses the skills cultivated in her graduate studies to help her current team make smarter, more personalized tools for 3M’s customers in the safety space. Marie will discuss her somewhat unconventional career path and some lessons learned from graduate school.

CANCELLED Cool Chemistry: April 18, 2020

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 virus, Cool Chemistry 2020 is cancelled. While we are saddened to not offer this experience this year, we hope you will keep us in mind in Spring 2021 and sign up then!

Please contact us at wisechem@umn.edu for further information.


Our March CWC Lunch is currently postponed until further notice. Our speaker will be Hannah Bearinger, a Clinical Research Consultant at BRIGHT Research Partners.  An abstract for the talk is below. We hope to see you there!


Hannah Bearinger

Clinical Research Consultant, BRIGHT Research Partners

"My scientific journey started in undergrad where I pursued a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry with a Biology minor. Next up was a PhD in Materials Science where my research focused on understanding immune responses to various surface chemistries of polymers, the perfect combination of my interests from undergrad. When it came time to find a job after grad school, I had no idea what I wanted to do next. In a form of serendipity, I met the right people at the right time and found a great fit at the University of Minnesota. I completed a fellowship in Medical Device Innovation that opened a world of possibilities for me in the Medical Device Industry of the Twin Cities. My current position in Clinical Research is very different than anything else I have done before, but I know many of the skills I learned in graduate school have helped me to make this yet another seamless transition. In my talk, I plan to discuss what I have learned from each of my many transitions in hopes that it may simplify your scientific journey."


Funding for WISE events has been provided by grants received from the UMN Department of Chemistry, UMN Office of Equity and Diversity Women's Center and Beckman Coulter Foundation.