Please RSVP by Sept 25th if you would like to attend.
Dr. Michelle LaRue is a research ecologist at the University of Minnesota, where she focuses on learning about effects of changing environments on penguins and seals in the Antarctic, and on mountain lions in the U.S. As a woman in science - and especially in remote field locations - Michelle has learned about resilience, determination, and collaboration as necessities in academia. Michelle will talk about her research experiences and the importance of connections for research and career advancement.
For all their excellent work done in 2016/2017, WISE members Annie Luke and Amy Ott have been recognised by the department at the start of the semester. Congratulations to both :)
Annie Luke, 3rd year student in Prof. Bill Tolman's group, has been awarded the the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award (Organic).
Amy Ott, 3rd year student in Prof. Joseph Topczewski's group, has received the Wayland Noland Fellowship award.
For more information about these awards, please refer to the department's website.
Title: "Journey of a blind computational chemist"
our first CWC lunch featuring Dr. Mona Minkara, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Prof. Ilja Siepmann's group has seen us attracting our largest group of attendees ever. Almost 25 - 30 people were present to learn and be inspired from Mona. Lunch was provided from DP Dough.
Our annual ice-cream social to welcome our incoming first-year graduate students was held successfully. There's nothing better than some sweet treat to end the first week of school, right ladies? :)
WISE TA, Sadie Otte, has been awarded the 2017-18 Sharon L. Doherty Award from the University of Minnesota’s Women’s Center to honour her outstanding volunteer service concerning women’s issues on campus or in the broader community.
Congratulations Sadie! Thank you for your leadership.
For more information on the award, please refer to the write-up on the departmental website.
WISE member and photographer, Xin Yi See, was one of three recipients honored with the 2015-16 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. She is currently a 3rd-year graduate student working with Professor Ian Tonks. Congratulations Xin Yi!
For more details, see the Chemistry Department website: http://chem.umn.edu/news/department-honors-student-award-and-fellowship-recipients
Join Intel Corporation representatives for an information session regarding the many opportunities for graduate students at Intel. Bring your resume and discuss the exciting opportunities for graduates with degrees in CE, EE, Comp Sci ChemE, Chemistry, Mechanical Eng, Materials Science, BioChemistry, Physics, Optics and more.
The event will be held on Wednesday, September 21st in Smith 117/119 from 12-1:30 pm. Food will be provided from Potbelly Sandwich Shop. The session will be led by Megan Goodson, who you may remember from WISE events with Intel last year. Please RSVP by 10 am on September 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WISE hosted its annual Ice Cream Social to welcome new 1st year graduate students and kick-off the start of the new school semester. New and current members were able to meet and socialize over free ice cream! Thanks to eveyone who participated!
WISE will be hosting Dr. Valerie Young as a guest seminar speaker at the University of Minnesota, open to both women and men in the Chemistry Department! Ms. Young is a leading expert on the impostor syndrome, and she has received much recognition for her work in this field. Her seminar is titled, "How to Feel as Bright and Capable as They Think You Are," and will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided.
RSVP to at email@example.com by noon Friday, Feb. 3. Space is limited and registrations will be granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Copies of her award-winning book, "The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It," are currently available to borrow or for purchase. Learn more about Ms. Young by visiting her website:
The WISE planning committee includes Letitia Yao, Sadie Otte, Lindsay Johnson, Hanna Macaranas, Courtney Elwell and Xin Yi See.
Courtney Elwell is serving as a WISE representative on the Chemistry Community Events Committee to help plan the upcoming Chemistry Catalyst Social Event! Come join Graduate Students, Post-Doctorates, Faculty, Staff, and Visiting Researchers at Minnehaha Falls to kick-off the new school year.
For more details, see the Chemistry Department website: http://chem.umn.edu/event/chemistry-catalyst-2016
WISE has received additional funding for the upcoming academic year! We have been awarded a grant by the Women's Center at UMN to advance scientific education and networking. WISE will be recognized and presented with a certificate at the 2016 Celebrating University Woman Awards program, held on October 16, 2016. The grant was written by WISE members Hanna Macaranas, Sadie Otte, and Letitia Yao.
WISE has received funding for the upcoming academic year! We have been awarded a grant by the Beckman Coulter Foundation to advance scientific education and networking, allowing for the continuation and improvement of our current programs while also providing the means to develop new events. The grant was written by WISE members Hanna Macaranas, Sadie Otte, and Letitia Yao.
WISE member, Sarah Wegwerth, received the 2016 John Bowers Excellence in Teaching Assistance Award in the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) for her outstanding work as the head organic teaching assistant. In honor of her exceptional teaching, Sarah received a commemorative sculpture and a $1,000 financial award. She will be honored next week at the CSE awards reception, held on Friday, May 13.
Sarah has been head organic TA since 2014 and her commitment to excellence in teaching was also recognized in 2012-13, when she received the Outstanding Teaching Assistant award. She is currently a fifth-year graduate student working with Professor Christopher Douglas.
Former WISE TA, Sarah Gruba, successfully defended her PhD thesis entitled, "Exploration of Platelet and Mast Cell Communication: A Study of Membrane Lipids, Asthma, and Inflammation" on April 21, 2016. We are happy to announce that she has recently accepted a position at Boston Scientific. We wish her all the best as she takes the next steps in her professional career!
WISE TA Sadie Otte has received a 2015-2016 Honorable Mention for the Timothy J. Salo Leadership Award from the Council of Graduate Students. Since 1996 COGS has presented an annual student Leadership Award recognizing the recipient's leadership and service on behalf of their fellow graduate students, the University and broader communities. Sadie was honored at a recognition ceremony held on Thursday, April 21, in the Presidents Room at the Coffman Memorial Union.
Sadie Otte was selected as the WISE TA for the 2015-2016 academic year. Sadie is a graduate student in Prof. Chris Douglas' research group. Congratulations, Sadie!