Events

Sea Smart: Inspiring Girls to Learn About the Ocean

For the young girl* in your life interested in the ocean, there’s only one week left of Sea Smart’s Girls Only Marine Biologist in Training (MBIT) online camp. *Marine Biologist […]

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Black Women and the Necessity of Role Models in STEM

By Kassandra Burd It is not enough to say that we aren’t seeing enough women in STEM. When we dig a little deeper, we’re not only witnessing gender-based discrimination, but […]

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Advancing Women in STEM: United Nations NGO Commission on Status of Women

By Anja Lanz and Cheryl Kristiansen Honourary SCWIST member, Anja Lanz, a design engineer with a degree in Engineering Physics from UBC, has been actively involved in advancing women in […]

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Women as Builders: The Need for More Women in Architecture

By Kassandra Burd When we think of a builder or an architect, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of us envision a strong, rugged man pounding away at […]

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Gender Bias in Academic Conferences

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Gender Bias in Academic Conferences By Kassandra Burd With men still dominating STEM fields, it is not surprising to hear that the majority of presenters and speakers at academic conferences […]

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SCWIST Advances Gender Equality As Part Of National Call To Action

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Advancing Gender Equality Advancing gender equality in Canada will require collective action on four priorities identified by the Gender Equality Network Canada (GENC). Three SCWIST representatives – Christin Wiedemann, Fariba […]

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Women’s Role in The Race to a COVID-19 Vaccine

Written by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent In the midst of a health pandemic, it is difficult to hold on to hope. The influx of negative news […]

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The Necessity of Women in Climate Change & Environmentalism

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent Thankfully, there are many women who are making their way to the forefront as climate change activists. Specifically, numerous Canadian women […]

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Are Women “Made” To Create Robots?

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent With remarkable advancements in technology and robotics in past decades, there is no doubt that technology is the future. Whether it’s […]

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Quantum Leaps: How STEM and Feminism are Catalysts for the Future

Maia Poon, Chair, 2020 Quantum Leaps Burnaby STEM Conference for Girls Hello, SCWIST! My name is Maia Poon. I am the Chair of the 2020 Quantum Leaps Burnaby STEM Conference […]

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STEM Career Portrayal in Children’s Media

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent Browsing through the aisles of my favourite bookstore, I come across a Sale stand for a plethora of children’s books. Immersing […]

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SCWIST Board & Staff 2018–2019

Kelly Marciniw, CPHR, BBA, MBA |President Kelly Marciniw has served on the SCWIST board since 2016. As of 2018, Kelly is the SCWIST Board President. Her first two years were […]

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WISDOM is Power at the University of Manitoba

By Abigail Plantinga Byle Wisdom in Science: Development, Outreach (WISDOM) promotes and supports women in science and technology at the University of Manitoba. WISDOM worksto increase gender diversity, particularly in […]

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Limitations of the Gender Equality Paradox

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent It’s completely sensible to think that if only we lived in a more gender-equal nation, there would be more women working […]

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Lessons & Transformation: On Returning to Work

I felt like a lone fish swimming upstream, as it seemed all other cars were headed in the opposite direction. This particular weekday started similar to most: I dropped off […]

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From the bench to the museum: Yukiko Stranger-Galey

by Marine Da Silva, Ph.D., Business Development Associate, Mitacs Looking for ideas for career transitions from the bench? Here’s one from Yukiko Stranger-Galey, who has a background in Biochemistry and […]

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Your academia experience is an asset in industry!

Edna Matta-Camacho PhD, Research Associate, Carleton University Recently, I had a unique opportunity and experience of transitioning from academia to industry. It was unexpectedly a positive and enriching change! An […]

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The Invisibility of Women of Colour in STEM

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent Nowadays we see a lot of talk concerning the lack of of women in STEM fields: it is an unfortunate reality […]

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Researching the global thermometer: Martine Lizotte’s excursion to the Arctic

CLIMATE CHANGE. It’s a phrase that’s become quite well-known, but teams are still researching to understand the specifics of how it will impact communities. Martine Lizotte from Université Laval is […]

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SCWIST: Expanding Horizons since 1981, reflections on our 30th year anniversary (2014)

0:11 (Mary Vickers) There was a definite feeling that women really didn’t belong in the academic workplace, much less in the scientific workplace 0:22 (Dr. Abby Schwarz) Women were not […]

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Opportunities For All Who Dare: Kameela Razack

By R.J. Nelson, Toronto Science, Tech, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields of study and employment offer ever-increasing career opportunities. However, there exist several disparities along gender lines between the percentage […]

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Wendy Fang: SCWIST Ms. Infinity Education Scholarship Science Fair Winner

Hello! My name is Wendy and I am a grade 10 student from the Greater Vancouver Region of British Columbia. I’ve recently come back from an unforgettable week at the […]

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Where are all of the female winners of Nobel prizes?

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent In 2018, Donna Strickland was awarded the Nobel Prize for her outstanding contribution to the field of physics involving the discovery […]

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One To Look Out For: Catherine Burns’ Innovative Contributions to the Advancement of Systems Design Engineering

by Kassandra Burd, M.Sc. Cognitive Neuropsychology, University of Kent Dr. Catherine Burns is a professor of Systems Design Engineering and Executive Director of the Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology at […]

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