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


Events and News

Our November CWC Lunch will be on Thursday, November 14th in Kolthoff 193 at noon. Our speaker will be Audrey Meyer, a Senior Process Engineer at Boston Scientific. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by 5pm on Tuesday, October 12th, and include any dietary restrictions. An abstract for the talk is below. We hope to see you there!

Audrey Meyer

Senior Process Engineer, Boston Scientific
"When I set off for grad school, I planned to work in the field of environmental chemistry. Once I heard about bioanalytical chemistry, though, I was pretty well hooked on the idea of applying analytical methods to complex biological problems. After grad school, I wanted to try something different and took a job as a plasma etch engineer in Portland, OR. While I enjoyed many aspects of my job and engineering, I found that I wanted to work on a wider variety of projects and also was really missing the biological applications where I had started. I moved back to Minnesota and am now working on new product development in the medical device field. I’m still an engineer, and I get to develop products and the analytical methods that we use to evaluate them. I'll share my experience working as an engineer with no engineering background and what I have found to be challenging and rewarding about working in industry."


Our October CWC Lunch will be on Thursday, October 17th in Kolthoff 193 at noon. Our speaker will be Jennifer Strehlau, a Senior Chemist at Medtronic. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP here by 5pm on Tuesday, October 15th, and include any dietary restrictions. An abstract for the talk is below. We hope to see you there!


Jennifer Strehlau
Senior Chemist, Medtronic
My path has been unpredictable, to say the least. After struggling through Intro to Biology, I quickly ran from biochemistry. I spent the next decade studying environmental analytical chemistry and enjoyed every minute of it. After that, I took a left turn instead of following the highway and now have a rewarding industry career in medical devices, applying analytical experience to a biochemistry/polymer field. Equally surprising, I trained to become a professor while I was in graduate school and now am working in industry. I aim to share with you my experiences during the unclear transition from graduate student to post-doc to career. I’ll highlight my struggles and fears when choosing between academia and industry, searching for that first job, and balancing personal relationships. I will relay helpful suggestions I’ve gathered from hiring managers, and I will also emphasize important considerations for taking your first job and transitioning on to your second. My key takeaways are to be open to new possibilities and take personal ownership in reaching your goals.

Our first CWC Lunch for the semester will be on Tuesday, September 17th in Kolthoff 193 at noon. The speaker will be Dr. Courtney Roberts, Assistant Professor in the chemistry department here at the University of Minnesota. Lunch will be provided. 

Below is the abstract for the talk:

"My journey into chemistry began with a flippant comment from an advisor in high school, “Why don’t you take chemistry in summer school and get it over with? You’ll never use it again.” Luckily, I don’t always listen to advice, and I also love proving people wrong. I am happy to share my journey from that advising meeting in high school to starting here at the U. The past history of my field of synthetic organic/organometallic chemistry is filled with reactions named after men and I can’t change it. But I can work to change the future. In no way do I want to diminish the contributions of these brilliant male scientists who have these beautiful reactions named after them, but as a female graduate student and postdoc sometimes I used to have trouble seeing how I can be part of this group. I’m happy to share how I overcame these doubts, how I ended up where I am today, and how I plan to help the next generation of women in STEM.”  


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.