April 2016
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Welcome to the first edition of "Wise Notes," a brand new news bulletin put together by WISE NL to communicate all the great things going on in the world of Women and Science and Engineering Newfoundland and Labrador, and in the WISE NL community!

Recent Events

  • Esther Amoako spoke to a large crowd on the challenges of being a woman in the field of science in Ghana as the kickoff of the WISE NL Statoil Speaker Series for 2016!
  • Jill Allison was the speaker for the February edition of the Speaker Series, and she addressed the issues that women face in their healthcare, at home and abroad.
  • WISE Undergraduate Society hosted a MUN Medical School tour on March 9th to all who were interested. WISE US also put forth an Easter Fundraiser to raise funds for women in developing countries to enter secondary education. In February, the WISE US team also hosted a study group at MUN in order to work together and share their knowledge and skills! For more information on what they have been up to, visit their Facebook Page!
  • Carly Bigelow and Myda Egrmajer represented WISE NL at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Open House on March 12, 2016.
  • Carly Bigelow and Monica Lee represented WISE NL at the Waterford Valley High Science Fair on March 16
Esther Amoako's talk "Challenges faced by women in the field of science – a perspective from Ghana" brought in a large crowd for the January edition of the WISE NL Speaker Series!

Upcoming Events

  • Applications are now open for the 2016 Summer Student Employment Program! For information on this great opportunity and for details on how to apply, check out the SSEP website!
  • WISE Graduate Student Society is hosting a resume and recruiting workshop for its members as a two part series. The first offering, on March 31, focused on the Do's and Dont's of Cover Letters and Resumes, followed by a Resume Writing Retreat on April 5. For more information, check out their Facebook page!
  • On April 6th, WISE Undergraduate Society will be hosting their second election to determine the new executive.
  • On April 22nd and 23rd, WISE NL will be judging and presenting awards at the Eastern Newfoundland Science Fair! Good Luck to all the participants!
  • The WISE Undergraduate Society will be participating in the first Global Leadership Conference, a multi society initiative to allow students to networking and further develop their leadership skills. The society is now collecting submissions for presentations and workshops for the event. It will take place June 25th and 26th in St. John’s.
  • The 2016 CCWESTT Conference will be held on May 3rd to 6th in Ottawa! Check out the website for more details and registration information. WISE NL will be presenting on the Mentorship Program at the conference, and we hope to see you there!

"Note-able" Moments

Several long-time WISE NL members attended the recent Research & Development Corporation (RDC) Ocean Industries Student Research Awards. Dr. Faye Murrin, Dean of Graduate Studies, Memorial Univ., Dr. Laura Halfyard, General Manager of Sunrise Fish Farms Inc. and Karen Muggeridge, K. Muggeridge Consulting and member of Board of RDC attended the event.  This was hosted on March 2, 2016 by: Dr. Gary Kachanoski, President, Memorial Univ.; The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of BTCRD and responsible for RDC; and Mr. Mark Ploughman, Acting CEO of RDC.  Murrin, Halfyard and Muggeridge networked with some of the 19 recipients and their supervisors.  One Ph.D. candidate and award recipient, Jennifer Murphy, spoke about the benefits of receiving the RDC award, and working with the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA) and mussel processors to enhance shell discard value.

SSEP Spotlight: Noubahar Hasnain

SSEP 2015 participant Noubahar Hasnain of Mount Pearl Senior High was recently awarded a prestigious Loran Scholarship. While participating in SSEP, Noubahar worked as a process Engineering Research Assistant with Dr. Kelly Hawboldt and plans to pursue Civil Engineering at Memorial University after graduation, a choice influenced by her participation in SSEP.
"From what I learned doing the WISE program, civil engineers have the opportunity to play a very big humanitarian role, which is what I'd like to do - maybe going overseas and helping build infrastructure in developing or underdeveloped countries, or countries that have been hit by natural disasters" - Noubahar Hasnain

SSEP Spotlight: Adrianna Warren

SSEP 2015 participant Adrianna Warren of Holy Heart High School was recognized with the Joyce Foundation Bursary, an award she describes as "life-changing". While participating in SSEP, Adrianna worked with Petroforma Laboratories as a laboratory assistant in microbiology and toxicology. Adrianna credits SSEP with giving her hands on experience in the industry. Arianna plans to pursue a biology degree and later attend optometry school.
"Working in an industry setting gave me a hands on experience to what having a scientific job is actually like. There was ALWAYS work to do or someone to help. I got to know (and love dearly) all of the different people that are needed for running a lab, and got to observe the ways that everybody works together to make it possible." - Adrianna Warren
WISE NL Mentorship Program Pilot - A Rewarding Learning Experience for Participants         
The WISE NL Mentorship Program Pilot was developed in 2015 with the support of NSERC PromoScience. The program began in September and concluded in December 2015, with 13 mentee and 13 mentor participants. The Mentorship Program is a rewarding opportunity to inspire students to pursue science or engineering careers, by pairing them with mentor female professionals who provide insightful information through sharing experiences, challenges and achievements. Mentees benefit from being connected to a network of professional women who can provide valuable advice on their education and career choices. Mentors also benefit by expanding their network and building upon their coaching skills.

WISE NL developed this program, based on professional mentoring models, to continue the support network beyond its existing programs and societies: the WISE Student Summer Employment Program (WISE SSEP), Undergraduate and Graduate Student Societies (WISE US and WISE GSS). This program engages WISE NL with the broader science and engineering community, and forms connections between students and professionals.

Mentees learned about the current job markets, how to search for new opportunities, how to build their resume and interview skills, and maintaining a work-life balance. The Mentors also learned about the challenges facing young students and graduates as they complete their degree program and enter the workforce. To conclude the pilot program, participants completed a survey and gathered for an hour prior to the annual WISE NL holiday social to informally share feedback about their experience. Feedback obtained from participants showed that 100% of mentees had a mentor that was a positive role model and 100% of mentors found the opportunity to mentor a young woman was a rewarding experience.

Keep an eye on our website for information on when and how to apply!

Noteworthy Links and Articles

  • International Day of Women and Girls In Science took place on February 11. For more information on this Day, click here.
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland business professor, Dr. Alyson Byrne, has been awarded a national grant to research gender and leadership. Check out the article in the MUN Gazette.
  • A male engineer shared his thoughts on the inequalities of men and women in science in this Letter to the Editor that was featured on Huffington Post.
  • WISE NL's own Holly Baker was inducted into the Science Atlantic Alumni Hall of Fame! To read more on this accomplishment, click here. Congratulations Holly!

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