WISEST:  Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science & Technology is a unit of the University of Alberta that has dedicated over 30 years to empowering women in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

WISEST Notice Board: September 2016


New Mentorship Program:  Accepting Applications until Sept 12!

WISER (Women in Science Engineering and Research) and UA-WiSE (University of Alberta - Women in Science and Engineering) are launching a new mentorship program that will support men and women in various stages of their STEM careers. 

The program starts in September and continues until April. There will be three catered evening events throughout the year. At the September 29, 2016 launch event, the trios will be introduced. A professional development event will be held on February 2, 2017. At the closing event, April 27, 2017, certificates will be handed out for the successful completion of the mentorship program. All events will be held in the evening. After each event, there will be a short online survey that will take no more than 5 minutes to complete.

Each mentorship trio will meet every two months for at least 2 hours. Meetings can be face to face or via Skype. Trio matching will be done by WISER and UA-WiSE based on future goals and areas of expertise. It focuses on developing different professional skills such as professional conduct, negotiation skills, work-life balance, and more.

Mentors are asked to complete the following questionnaire before September 12, 2016 to join WISER/UA-WiSE mentorship program.

Program Benefits for Mentors:

  • Networking with other mentors at the three program events

  • Connecting with the new generation of professionals from the University of Alberta

  • Extending your network  with early career professionals

  • Improving your communication and leadership skills

  • Giving back to the STEM community

  • Mentorship hours count towards Professional Developments Credit (PDC) for APEGA & APCA members (Up to 20 PDC)

  • Available childcare for the three events to aid in work-life balance

For more information about the WISER\UA-WiSE Mentorship Program, please click here or contact: uawise.wiser@gmail.com


THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Celebration of Research 2016.  It was an amazing day, with 63 students from both the WISEST Summer Research Program and the Alberta Innovates - Health Solutions (HYRS) Heritage Youth Research Summer Program shared their 6 week summer laboratory experiences.  If you missed the event, check out our program here.

If you are a upcoming grade 11 STUDENT who would like to participate next year, application packages will become available by February 2017.  Watch the website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the most current information.  

Also, any RESEARCHER who may want to participate next year, please contact us at wisest@ualberta.ca we would be happy to include you in our contact list.  

THANK YOU again to all our SPONSORS and SUPPORTERS who made this summer program a huge success.  We rely on your ongoing financial support to continue this program.  If you are interested in supporting a summer student next year, please contact Fervone Goings, WISEST Coordinator, 780-492-1842 anytime.

10th Anniversary WISEST Golf Tournament and Silent Auction sponsored by Enbridge.

On July 27, a beautiful sunny day, 130 golfers and supporters of WISEST met at the Millwoods Golf Course for a exciting day of golf in support of WISEST.  Teams competed for "best dressed" and "longest drive wearing hockey gloves" among other crazy challenges. Through sponsorship, the sale of mulligans, a bake sale and popular silent auction items, and despite the torrential downpour at the end of the day, we raised over $16,000.  These funds will go directly to support programming that encourages diversity in our academic programs and a more inclusive and dynamic workforce for our industry partners in the STEM fields.  

Thank you all for your ongoing support.  If you are interested in being involved in next year's event email wisest@ualberta.ca. 



We are pleased to announce that Dr. Anne Condon will be our KEYNOTE speaker this fall.  Dr Condon is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and previous NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for BC & Yukon.  We are so excited to have her come on Friday Dec 2, 2016.  More details will be posted as well as this year's workshop seminars in the coming weeks.  

UA-WISE 3rd Annual Black Tie Affair

This event will be held on Friday, January 20, 2017.


Attention Grade 6 girls! Get ready for CHOICES 2017, which will be held February 21 & 22, 2017.  Area schools will receive registration packages later this fall.  This conference fills up fast, so let your grade 6 teachers know to be watching for the application packages.

Call for Volunteers!

ASWN, a long time supporter of WISEST and STEM Outreach in the province of Alberta, is looking for dynamic individuals to help plan a important fundraising event occurring on Oct 15, 2016.  If you are interested in volunteering, or supporting through sponsorship or other in-kind means, please contact ANNA at info@awsn.org.  This is in conjunction with AWSN launching WinSTEM Week, Oct 11-15, 2016 in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day (http://findingada.com/).  WinSTEM Week will be an opportunity for women and groups to plan an event to recognize the accomplishments of women in STEM.

Call for Proposals!

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) Canada is pleased to announce the 1st Canadian Reduced Gravity Experiment Design Challenge (CAN-RGX)!

About the competition

CAN-RGX is a competition for Canadian post-secondary students to design and test a small scientific experiment on board the National Research Council (NRC) Falcon-20, which has been modified for reduced gravity experiments in association with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). Student teams will be challenged to design experiments for research in fields ranging from life science to fluid mechanics. These experiments will be integrated and flown on board NRC’s Falcon-20, which produces short periods of microgravity by performing parabolic maneuvers. Any student team at a post-secondary academic institution can submit a proposal for their experiment, after which, 4 teams will be selected to fully design, build and fly their experiments. One or two members of each team will be selected as a Mission Specialist to fly on board the aircraft and run the experiments. This is a unique opportunity for students to conduct research in an environment that is unparalleled here on Earth.

How to apply

  • September 30 2016, 11:59 p.m. – Submit your Letter of Intent to canrgx@seds.ca with the following information:

    • Team information – names, emails, majors, proof of enrollment.

    • Endorsement Letter from at least one faculty advisor at your institution.

    • Brief summary of the proposed experiment (500 words or less).

    • A CAD $50 security deposit which will be returned upon submission of your team proposal.

  • November 30 2016, 11:59 p.m. – Submit your Proposal.

  • December 15 2016 – Teams will be notified of their selection and feedback will be provided by judges.

For more details visit:  https://seds.ca/projects/canrgx/

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