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

Sadie award

2015-2017 WISE TA, Sadie Otte, with her son Ash, receives her Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership Award

   Wise Owl General WISE cup





To learn more about WISE, support us and get involved, please email to wisechem@umn.edu.
If you want to send an email to the chemtechwomen email listserv, please email to chem-techwomen@lists.umn.edu.


Upcoming events

Apr 13th (Friday) / 12.15 - 1.05 pm / Walter 101
Please RSVP by clicking here before Apr 10th (Tuesday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.

Holly Boehne is the senior vice president and Chief Technology Officer of the Anderson Corporation. In this role, she has responsibility for enterprise Strategic Sourcing, Engineering, Lean Sigma, CapEx deployment, enterprise Quality Systems, as well as Research, Development & Innovation.

Apr 6th (Friday) / 12 - 1 pm / Walter 101
Lunch will be provided from Qdoba. Please RSVP by clicking here before Apr 4th (Wednesday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.

How to be successful in grad school
Graduate school can be one of the most rewarding times in your career, but also the most trying at times. Learning to cope with the ups and downs of research requires both resilience and perseverance and it can be difficult to maintain one's self confidence. In this talk, Prof. Christine Thomas will provide her personal account of her own graduate school experience and share her perspective on coping with challenges including the Imposter Syndrome, work-life balance and gender bias.

Mar 13th (Tuesday) / 12 - 1 pm / K 193
Lunch will be provided from Mesa Pizza. Please RSVP by clicking here before Mar 12th (Monday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.

The Perks (and Flaws) of Tunnel Vision
Megan received her Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine, pursuing research on organometallic
lanthanide and actinide chemistry in the group of Bill Evans. She is currently a postdoc in the Tolman group, working as part of the Center for Sustainable Polymers. She is preparing to start a faculty position at the University of Southern California in the fall. From the age of 16, Megan knew that she wanted to be a chemistry professor and has had tunnel vision ever since. She will discuss how this tunnel vision was useful to prepare for her dream career path early, but made her less open-minded to other career options in chemistry.


Cool Chem has been postponed!

Date: May 5th (Saturday)  NEW DATE
Come join us for our annual Cool Chemistry event - a day of hands-on science for 7th and 8th grade girls. This fun-filled day will include three workshops, explosive demonstrations, liquid nitrogen ice cream break and more! Click here for more details.



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.