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 2018

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.
If you want to send an email to the chemtechwomen email listserv, please email to chem-techwomen@lists.umn.edu.


Upcoming events

Chemistry WISE CWC lunch

Speaker: Prof. Ambika Bhagi-Damodaran

Date : Sept 12th (Wednesday)
Time : 12.00 - 1.00 pm
Location : K 193

Food will be provided from Himalaya Restaurant. Please RSVP here before Sept 11th (Tuesday), 10 am and include any dietary preferences.

Sept 7th (Friday) / 2.30 - 3.30 pm / K193

welcome back to a new school year! As per tradition, we are having a lq N2 ice cream social to end the first week of school on a sweet sweet note :) Do come to know more about WISE and welcome the year 1s into our department.


Aug 28th (Tuesday) / 3 pm / K193
Please RSVP before Aug 27th (Monday), 11 am.

Elena Koltun is a Medicinal Chemist and a team leader with over 17 years of experience in the field of biotechnology, having worked previously for Exelixis and more recently, Numerate and Revolution Medicines. She has extensive experience in drug discovery and preclinical development across multiple therapeutic areas: oncology, metabolic syndrome, and inflammation, taking the programs from early Lead Generation and through IND enabling stage, including Lead Chemistry role for SHP2 program at Revolution Medicines.  Elena is a contributor to the delivery of five clinical candidates and the co-inventor of Cotellic® (Cobimetinib), MEK inhibitor developed by Exelixis and marketed since 2015 by Genentech.


Regular WISE members Kajari Bera (Frontiera), Beth Dewing (Mahanthappa) and Anna Luke (Tolman/Frontiera) won the highly competitive Beaker and Bunsen honour award during the 17th annual Graduate Student Research Symposium held on Friday, June 1, 2018. For their award, they have each earned a UMN mug and a travel award.

Honourable mentions were also awarded to Stephanie Mitchell (Carlson) and Debmalaya Ray (Gagliardi). While Debmalaya Ray is not a regular WISE member, he did gamely volunteered to give a practice talk to the WISE group!

Congratulations to all winners and thank you for practicing with WISE! Click here for more information.


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.