Call For Applications! Due May 1st

We are now accepting applications for the Women in Chemistry Professional Development Grant! This grant provides funding for women graduate students and post-docs in the Department of Chemistry to attend leadership and research conferences. The goals of this program are to increase attendance and participation of women at research conferences and to increase accessibility of leadership conferences to women in the Chemistry Department. You can read more about past recipients.

We are accepting applications for research and leadership conferences between May 1st and August 31st.

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WIC volunteers help make Science on Saturday a success!

WIC co-president Michelle at Science on Saturday: Chemistry

Thanks to all the volunteers from WIC and the chemistry department who helped with the main presentation as well as demonstration tables at the Chemistry Science on Saturday. An estimated 1,000 people showed up despite the cold weather!

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Call for applications!

We are now accepting applications for the Women in Chemistry Professional Development Grant! This grant provides funding for women graduate students and post-docs in the Department of Chemistry to attend leadership and research conferences. The goals of this program are to increase attendance and participation of women at research conferences and to increase accessibility of leadership conferences to women in the Chemistry Department. You can read more about past recipients at http://wic.scripts.mit.edu/wic/travel-grant/travel-grant-recipients/.

We are accepting applications for research and leadership conferences between January 1st and June 30th. Leadership conferences could be a typical leadership/professional development conference, as well as any conference that would help you become a leader in your chosen field/career (fields like science education, science writing, etc. hold conferences).

Application Deadline: January 10th, 2017 (for conferences between January 1st and June 30th)

Email completed application materials (doc, docx, or pdf format) to wictravelgrant@mit.edu. If you are applying for a research conference, please have your advisor send his/her letter of support to wictravelgrant@mit.edu.

WIC Lunch with Professors Buchwald and Van Voorhis (Associate Department Heads)

We are excited to announce the next WIC lunch with Professors Steve Buchwald and Troy Van Voorhis! They are the Associate Department Heads and are on the new Quality of Life Committee. Join us for this opportunity to get to know Professors Buchwald and Van Voorhis, talk about the current state and future of the department, and discuss any other topics of interest to the group.

The lunch will be on Tuesday, November 10th at noon in the Moore Room (6-321). Sign up here by noon on Wednesday 11/4: http://signup.mit.edu/lunch_buchwald_vanvoorhis

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Upcoming WIC Outreach Event – Girls Day at the MIT Museum!

WIC will be participating in Girls Day at the MIT Museum on November 7th, 2015! The theme this year is It’s Not Magic, It’s Science! and features groups from chemistry and materials science. We will have two WIC members giving short talks about their path in science and a group of us running fun, interactive activities based on fluorescence, protein folding and denaturation, and magnetism. ClubChem and Dr. Patti Christie will also be participating. This fun event is geared towards ages 10+, so help us spread the word and engage more girls in STEM!

Check out the website for full details and the event schedule:
http://web.mit.edu/museum/programs/calendar/Girls-Day.html

Stay tuned for other opportunities to participate in WIC Outreach events: service opportunity at Rosie’s Place in Boston and the new WIC Chemistry Day Camp for local area girls!

Apple Picking Retreat 2015!

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We made our annual trek to Shelburne Farm on October 4th! Despite a rainy week leading up to our trip, it turned into a beautiful day to be outdoors. Many apple varieties were ripe for picking, so we had a lot to choose from. And of course, after apple picking, we had to get our fill of cider donuts (yum!). Spending time with new and old friends was a great way to kick off the fall season!

WIC Alumnae Lunch: Professor Shana Sturla and Dr. Dana Buske

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We were delighted to welcome Professor Shana Sturla and Dr. Dana Buske back to MIT campus to have lunch with members of Women in Chemistry! Shana is an Associate Professor at the ETH in Zurich and Dana is an environmental consultant at Tech Environmental in Boston. It was interesting to hear about their different career paths – what their job is like, what motivated their choices, and how they prepared and progressed to each stage in their career. Dana and Shana were both instrumental in starting Women in Chemistry when they were graduate students at MIT, so it was especially exciting for us to meet and spend time with them!