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

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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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 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!

2014-2015: WIC Lunch Series with the Female Faculty

In the summer of 2014 we started the WIC Lunch Series with the Female Faculty. The goal of this series is to provide an opportunity, in a more informal setting, for community building between WIC members and the female faculty in the Department of Chemistry. These lunches have spanned an entire year, and in addition to the female faculty, we were able to invite the chemistry lecturers and MLK visiting professor. Looking back, it was a unique opportunity for us to hear many different perspectives on topics ranging from mentorship, finding balance, gender issues, applying to faculty positions, and transitioning from graduate student to post doc to faculty. So much great advice was shared by the inspiring women in our department! We look forward to planning future events that bring students and faculty together.

Professor Cathy Drennan
— Go for the thing you’re interested and passionate about. Just go for it.Drennan_lunchProfessor Liz Nolan
— On transitioning from a post doc to managing a lab as a faculty member: You learn not to make the same mistake twice.
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Professor Mei Hong
— On choosing a research focus: Follow your heart as much as your mind.Hong_lunchProfessor Alice Ting
— You have all these resources and you’re only limited by your creativity. It’s exciting and scary. 
— Having scientific conversations are extremely important for idea development.
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Dr. Beth Vogel Taylor
— In teaching, it’s useful to have had bench experience. You use it for stories and context.Beth_lunchProfessor Gabriela Schlau-Cohen
— On advising: You don’t need a style. The most important thing is having communication and being able to adapt.Schlau-Cohen_lunch

Professor Susan Solomon
— On formulating research questions: I don’t do work that is derivative of others. I’m often trying to consciously think outside the box.
— On time management: Women are really good at being helpful. Always ask yourself if this would be asked of a guy. Never say yes to something on the telephone. Manage your calendar in the privacy of your own mind.
— Strategies for combatting implicit bias: Have a sense of humor. You don’t want to get mad and create barriers for someone to be more thoughtful about these things.Solomon_lunchProfessor Sylvia Ceyer
— Skills are needed to address bias. If these things take you by surprise, you’re not going to react in the best way. More training and thinking ahead of time about what the best strategies are will help you to react in a constructive way.Ceyer_lunch

Dr. Patti Christie
— If you’re given an opportunity, you take it.Patti_lunchProfessor JoAnne Stubbe
— On the strength of MIT: I’ve been able to do things here that I couldn’t do anywhere else.
— All of you can find something that excites you.Stubbe_lunch

Professor Malika Jeffries-EL
— I knew I was a chemist early in. I was that girl melting her crayons to find out what happens.
— It’s a sprint and not a marathon. Take a detour, even if it slows down your research. Pick up some other things along the way.
— On being a professor: This is the best job ever.Jeffries_lunch

Lunch Series: Lunch with Liz Nolan

It’s time for the next lunch in the WIC lunch series with the female faculty in Chemistry! Each lunch will feature one professor, where it will be an open forum to get to know her better, hear about her journey, and discuss any topics of interest to the group. We do not have many opportunities to interact with the female faculty in an informal setting, so we hope you will all enjoy and take part in the lunch series!

This lunch will be with Liz Nolan on Tuesday, August 5th from 12:30-1:30pm in the Moore Room. Lunch will be provided, so if you would like to attend please RSVP by 5pm on August 1st to wrhess@mit.edu. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in your RSVP. Come with questions and topics you would like to talk about!

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Lunch Series: Lunch with Cathy Drennan

Introducing… a new WIC Lunch Series!

We are excited to announce and invite you to a new WIC lunch series with the female faculty in Chemistry! Each lunch will feature one professor, where it will be an open forum to get to know her better, hear about her journey, and discuss any topics of interest to the group. We do not have many opportunities to interact with the female faculty in an informal setting, so we hope you will all enjoy and take part in the lunch series!

Our first lunch will be with Cathy Drennan on Wednesday, June 11th from 12:30-1:30 pm in the Moore Room (6-321). Lunch will be provided, so if you would like to attend please RSVP by 5pm this Friday to wrhess@mit.edu. If you have any dietary restrictions, please let us know in your RSVP.

Come with questions and topics you would like to talk about!

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