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SCWIST Quantum Leaps is a virtual career conference uniquely designed for girls from grade 8-12 interested in or curious to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). This conference gives girls a glimpse into what women in STEM fields do in their careers.
During these events, girls can meet professionals who have been successful in their STEM fields and meet other like-minded girls who have similar aspirations and interests. This event will help them know more about the STEM fields they are interested in and discover new STEM fields. Quantum Leaps also aims to aid students in the transition between high school and higher education.
This particular Quantum Leaps event will focus on women professionals working in careers related to urology, oncology, biochemistry and teaching. They also have expertise in science communication and facilitating learning. Did they have a fixed plan for what they would like to do five years after high school? How do they ease into changing their career focus? Did they know that they wanted to pursue these careers when they were in university? Girls will get the opportunity to interact with these women to get the answers they need at the event.
Julie is originally from small town in northern Ontario.She has a BScH and PhD in biochemistry from Queen’s University (Kingston, ON). She also did her postdoctoral fellowships at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (Lethbridge, AB) and the Michael Smith Laboratories at UBC (Vancouver, BC).
She is currently a high school science and math (French Immersion) teacher in Richmond, BC. She has volunteered with SCWIST (msInfinity) and the Greater Vancouver Regional Science Fair (GVRSF) since 2017. This year, she is Vice-Chair of the GVRSF.
Folks can find her on Twitter @jmlgrondin
Sandra is currently a Uro-oncology fellow at the University of British Columbia, based at Vancouver General Hospital. She did her medical school and undergrad (in immunology and microbiology) at UBC and Residency in Urology at Dalhousie University in Halifax.