Summer Faculty Lunch Series

This summer WIC is hosting three lunches with faculty members outside of MIT’s Department of Chemistry. These lunches serve as an open forum to get to know faculty members better, hear about their journey, and discuss any topics of interest to the group.

May: Linda Griffith (MIT), School of Engineering Professor of Teaching Innovation, Biological Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering


June: Mala Radhakrishnan (Wellesley College), Whitehead Associate Professor of Critical Thought; Associate Professor of Chemistry


July: Karen Atkinson (Bunker Hill Community College), Professor of Chemistry

Girls Day at the MIT Museum

Extracting chlorophyll from spinach leaves — hands-on demonstration run by WIC at last year’s Girls Day.

The MIT Museum will be holding its annual Girls Day on March 4th! This year’s theme is math. Last year WIC ran a booth where students could extract the chlorophyll from spinach leaves and observe how it fluoresces (red!) under UV light. It’s very exciting to see a photo from our demo used to promote this year’s event!

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Graduate Women @ MIT Spring Empowerment Conference

gw@mit is putting on the annual spring empowerment conference. This year’s theme is “Be Bold. Be Heard.” and events include a keynote by Vicki Kennedy and several workshops to improve your communication and writing. Register for events here.

Special thanks to the WIC members who were also involved in planning this year’s conference!

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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