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

A Micro-Aggression Workshop, led by Lee Penn and Stef Jarvi, hosted by WISE, will be held on Monday, February 11th from 4-5:30 pm in Bruininks Hall room 412. This event is open to ALL chemistry department students, faculty, and staff. Snacks will be provided. 


Micro-Aggressions are statements or actions that are indirect, subtle and sometimes unintentional means of discrimination against marginalized groups. This workshop will discuss different forms of microaggressions, how we can be aware of them, and how to combat them in the future. This workshop will be more scenario based, so those who attended this workshop last year are invited to return.


Please RSVP using the following link by the end of the day Friday, February 8th: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScl6mzz0dkjd4XARlKeZrMFRKC7Ze5s...

Our first CWC Lunch event for the year will feature Dr. Laura Babcock, Director of the Minnesota Technical Assistance Programme (MnTAP), a programme that provides engineering assistance to facilities across the state. Food will be provided by Kowloon Restaurant.  Please RSVP here by Jan 15th, 10 am.


Dr. Babcock's academic training is in inorganic chemistry and she worked in the chemical industry for many years  developing catalysts, new materials and biobased plastics. All these experiences have culminated in her role now in MnTAP working on striking the right balance of technology and operations to deliver the target outcome. 

Title: On Becoming a Catalyst
Abstract: Throughout my career I have come back to the concept of catalysis as a description of the work I do. The substrates and scale change, but the work - making things happen - stays the same. 

Date: January 16th (Wednesday)
Time: 1200-1300
Location: Kolthoff 193

Cool Chem 2019 will be on Saturday April 13th, 2019 from 10am-2pm.  It is for 7th and 8th grade girls. It will be in Smith Hall and the cost in $10 (with scholarships available). For more information and registration check out the cool chem webpage here.


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.