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 and News

Visit the new Women's Center website at womenscenter.umn.edu and learn more about our upcoming events, educational and leadership development offerings, and about gender equity resources on campus!

The CSE Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative in CSE Student Services, Prof. Lee Penn (Chemistry department) and the Associate Dean's office invite you to a luncheon workshop specifically for CSE graduate students on the topic of microaggressions on March 15th (Friday). In this workshop, you’ll learn more about what microaggressions are and are not, and how to react to them. These skills can be put to use in all types of relationships, in and out of the classroom. A key goal of the College is to create and maintain a respectful and professional climate in which all can feel welcome. Lunch will be provided.


Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at z.umn.edu/microRSVP.

In order to better meet your needs and questions, we also ask that attendees complete an anonymous pre-survey. This will take less than 5 minutes to complete and will help tailor the content of workshop. You can take the anonymous survey at z.umn.edu/microPre.


Date: March 15th (Friday)
Time: 1230-1400
Location: Bruininks Hall 432

Our March CWC Lunch event will feature Dr. Cora Leibig, founder and CEO of Chromatic 3D Materials. Food will be provided by Potbelly Sandwiches. Please RSVP here by Mar 11th, 10 am.

A Journey In Chemistry: From Corporate R&D to Startup Founder

Abstract: Cora Leibig, PhD, earned degrees in Chemical Engineering in 1993 and 1997 from MIT and UC Santa Barbara.  In her 20 year career, she has held roles in basic research, applied research, R&D management, and business management, and her career has taken her around the world.  She founded Chromatic 3D Materials, a 3D printing startup, in 2016 and it has since progressed through Series A and NSF Phase II SBIR financing.  A career in chemistry has presented opportunities that she would not have imagined or sought during graduate school.  Cora will share her story about her career and family decision points and their consequences (intended or otherwise).  In addition, she will discuss the technology behind Chromatic 3D Materials and the decision to start a company. 

Date: March 12th (Tuesday)
Time: 1200-1300
Location: Kolthoff 193


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.