We are excited to announce that the second annual WCS lecture will take place on Thursday, February 25th at 4:00 pm in Bagley 154. This year’s speaker is Dr. Allison Campbell, Acting Associate Laboratory Director for Earth and Biological Sciences at PNNL and president-elect of the American Chemical Society. Her talk is entitled “Don’t be a passenger: Tips and advice for driving your career in science”; the abstract is below.
“A career in science can be both highly rewarding and highly challenging – often at the same time. Challenges include external factors such as both real and perceived biases, work life balance, stereotypes, and hostile work environments, and internal factors such as imposter syndrome, self-image, and self-confidence. Rewards include scientific discoveries, new innovations, advancement of scientific knowledge, mentoring, collaborating, and participation in something bigger than yourself. Navigating the challenges can be difficult and frustrating. Here, I discuss my personal experiences, lessons learned the hard way, observations, and general philosophy based upon my 25 year in science.”
The WCS lecture series goes beyond chemistry at UW to highlight inspirational women in STEM and their accomplishments and experiences. You can read about the inaugural WCS lecture, featuring Harvey Mudd President and Microsoft board member Dr. Maria Klawe, on our blog here.
WCS members will also have the opportunity to attend an informal Q&A session with Dr. Campbell before her lecture. Stay tuned to the WCS mailing list for more details!
Here is the meeting recap from last Friday:
- The Danz Lecture with Anita Sarkeesian will take place on January 21st in Bellevue. Sign up for the carpool here. Additionally, there will be a Q&A and a pre-lecture reception; contact Heidi (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information/to sign up.
- There will be a career talk featuring Arwyn Smalley from St. Martin’s University on February 2nd, and there will be donuts.
- Echo Lake Science Night, a great outreach opportunity, will be February 11th. Rae will send out more info this weekend. Additionally, stay tuned for information about Seattle Expanding Your Horizons.
- On February 25th we will host the second annual WCS lecture featuring Allison Campbell. Her lecture will be at 4 PM, and there will be various other opportunities to meet and chat with her.
- We’re hoping to set up an optional mentoring program for incoming first-year graduate students. If you have any suggestions, ideas, or you want to help write surveys, contact Emily Rabe (email@example.com), Katie Corp (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Nick Montoni (me) (email@example.com).
- Sometime in the nearish future, we’ll be holding a constitution revision/ratification meeting. Stay tuned!
Finally, here are some links to non-WCS events that sound really cool (I know I will be going to them, anyway):
If you have any questions, ideas, concerns, comments, or complaints, feel free to contact your favorite officer.
Thanks, and have a happy quarter!
Women in Chemical Sciences will be kicking off winter quarter with a member meeting this Friday, January 8th at 9:30 am in CHB 239. We’ll talk about several of the events and projects we have planned for this quarter, including the Danz lecture and on-campus Q&A with Anita Sarkeesian (don’t forget to buy your ticket and sign up for our carpool), a career talk by Prof. Arwyn Smalley from St. Martin’s University, and the second annual WCS lecture featuring Allison Campbell from PNNL (who is also the ACS president-elect). We’ve also got some fun outreach events coming up, and lots of ideas for more events and projects.
Let us know if you’re interested in helping us plan any of these events, or if you have any other ideas or suggestions. Hope to see you Friday!
Happy 3rd Birthday to WCS-UW! As usual, it was a blast, with pizza, singing, cake, and of course: coloring!
Pictures courtesy of Katie Corp.
Science Night was an exciting night filled with kids who really LOVE coloring. The beginning was a slow with not that many kids showing up, but suddenly the table swamped with kids! That was the shocking part, but we were all worked hard to ensure everything went well.
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Buenaflor.
Last Thursday, WCS put together a primer on LGBTQ+/Queer identities. It focused on terminology, experiences, and breaking down binaries. The workshop was geared towards those who don’t already have a good frame of reference for how to understand LGBTQ+/Queer-identifying folks.
Our lunch discussion series (Thursdays at noon in CHB 339) continues! Contact me (hdnelson at uw.edu) or Teresa (tmheard at uw.edu) if you’d like to join our email list or access the schedule, or if you have a topic suggestion.
This week, we talked about a recently published study (Handley, Brown, Moss-Racusin, Smith; PNAS 2015, 112, 13201-13206) investigating how people react to evidence of gender bias. The authors showed that men view studies demonstrating gender bias less favorably than women do, a finding which has important implications for anyone interested in combating bias in STEM fields.
Last week, WCS-UW and Free Radicals/PLU hosted a panel for undergraduates interested in applying to graduate school. Professors Rob Synovec (UW chemistry associate chair for graduate education) and Brandi Cossairt (member of the UW chemistry admissions committee) provided an administrative view of the application process while several graduate students shared their personal experiences. Thank you to all the of panel members and those who attended the event; it was a great way to start off the year!
If you missed it or would like to refresh your memory, here are a few key points:
- Be sure to check the individual websites of institutions that you are interested in – you’ll be able to find application deadlines and information that may be unique to the school
- When getting letters of recommendation, try to use faculty rather than TAs and bosses (the latter don’t carry too much weight)
- If you transferred schools while an undergraduate, get letters from previous and current institutions
- When looking for possible letter writers, you want to find that one person who can be your advocate and say something unique about you (doing undergraduate research can give you this)
- Undergraduate research isn’t imperative, but you should have an idea of whether you like research or not
- Your statement of purpose should express your interest relative to each institution – mention specific faculty, unique characteristics of program, etc.
- Tailor your cover letter to each school
- The most important part of your application will be your body of work as an undergraduate
- In your statement of purpose, think of how you’re going to get the busy reader to take notice of your application – distinguish yourself early and explain any red flags
- Be careful with templates, you want your statement to be original
- There is an advantage to getting your application in early
- Before you apply, it’s okay (and can help you) to contact professors at the institution to introduce yourself and express why you’re excited about attending that school
- If you would like to defer, be sure to check with each individual institution as they have different policies
Photos from the UW Bothell Inspire STEM Festival on October 10th, where we taught students about chromatography by making coffee filter art. All photos by Jeffrey Buenaflor.