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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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

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 If you are applying for a research conference, please have your advisor send his/her letter of support to