Fall WIC Professional Development Grant- Apply by November 15th!

Applications due November 15th, 2017

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.

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School of Science SPOT awards recognize invaluable contributions of Chemistry Education Office staff

Congratulations to Jennifer Weisman and Grace Kimball in the Chemistry Education Department who received SPOT awards from the School of Science for their contributions to WIC events and support and advocacy for WIC’s members.

Spot Awards are intended to acknowledge and demonstrate appreciation and recognition for the exceptional contributions of individuals and teams, large or small.

Grace: “The Scientist for a Day Camp would not have been the success it was this year without her help which has impacted both Women in Chemistry and the broader community who benefited from this outreach event.”
Jennifer: “In particular, Women in Chemistry would like to highlight how supportive and helpful she has been for our student group and members.”

 

MIT Women in Chemistry hosts second annual Scientist for a Day camp

Middle school girls from the Cambridge area spend an afternoon on campus, participating in hands-on scientific experiments.

See coverage and photos from our second annual Scientist for a Day camp for middle school girls from MIT News and the Department of Chemistry.

Nicole decants carbon dioxide into a bottle, which was later exposed to light to demonstrate how carbon dioxide retains heat in a small-scale version of the greenhouse effect.

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!

More information at the MIT Museum website: https://mitmuseum.mit.edu/program/girls-day

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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