Welcome to the UBC Women in Science Home Page!

The UBC Women in Science Club was founded to provide support for female undergraduates in Science fields. Our club has 3 pillars: Mentorship, Building Community, and Connecting People. Our club offers many events throughout the school year, including networking events with alumni, professional development workshops, and social events. We also offer an ongoing mentorship program. We envision that mentorship and networking relationships between professional women in various science fields and current undergraduate students will help those students through common challenges that arise for women pursuing careers in science.

Please explore our website for up-to-date information about our events and mentorship program. For professional development opportunities and other relevant information, check out our Facebook page at facebook.com/ubcwomeninscience.

Email us at ubcwis@gmail.com or use the “Contact Us” form to be added to our mailing list.

 

SPONSORS

A huge thank you to our generous sponsors who help make many of our events possible!

Bronze Sponsors:

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Stay Connected

CLUB OFFICE 

AMS Nest, Room 4303

Office Hours: By Appointment. Please contact us by e-mail. 

E-MAIL 

ubcwis@gmail.com

Note: For detailed inquiries on the mentorship program, please contact ubcwismentorship@gmail.com 

 FACEBOOK  

Click Here: UBC Women in Science

Have any questions, concerns, or suggestions? We’d love to hear them. Also, let us know if you’d like to be added to our e-mailing list so we can keep you updated.

Events

SEPTEMBER

Clubs Week

September 19 – 20, 11AM – 3PMval
Main floor of the AMS Nest, across from Uppercase

Come visit our booth to learn more about UBC Women in Science, hear about our events, and sign up for a membership! Memberships are $5 if you like our Facebook page, $6 otherwise. The executive team looks forward to meeting you!

OCTOBER

Meet-a-Mentor

DesiChek (19)October 3rd, 6PM – 9PM
Abdul Ladha Science Student Centre

Come join us at our 2017-2018 kickoff event for the chance to meet like-minded students, connect with a mentor, and enjoy dinner and dessert. This event is mandatory for all members who wish to participate in this year’s mentorship program.

This event is 2$, and includes dinner.

 

NOVEMBER

Professional Development Workshop


November 14th, 6 PM – 9 PM
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A workshop style event where we will go over some of the “soft skills” necessary in a profession, such as interview skills, resume writing, and professional image on social media.

We also have FREE PROFESSIONAL HEADSHOTS that you can use to boost your LinkedIn profile or for an awesome profile picture. Dinner will be provided. All genders welcome.

JANUARY

Career Panel Night


February

Irving K. Barber Library, Room 157
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Come to Career Panel Night for a chance to hear from professionals about potential careers in your field. This a great chance to network and consider new areas of interest. Refreshments will be served.

Last year we had several panelists including Dr. Marcia Graves and Dr. Kathryn Zeiler, PhDs and BIOL340 instructors, a Masters student in Evolutionary Biology, a Masters in Pathology, a UBC Dentistry student, and a PhD in Genetics.

 

FEBRUARY

Research Lab Tours

February 27th, 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM

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Get a chance to tour a research laboratory and learn about some of the research happening at UBC!

Last year we gave students the opportunity to visit various labs in the Centre for Brain Health, Computer Science Building, and the Life Science Center, including:

The Haas Lab (Neuroscience)

The Doudet Lab (Parkinsons)

The Cote Lab (HIV & Retroviral Therapy)

The Computer Vision Lab (Human Pose Estimation, Scene Parsing, etc.)

The SPIN Lab (Human Perception)

The Hammond Lab

Previous students have been able to secure a research position after attending WiS’ lab tours!

MARCH

 

International Women’s Day Banquet

March 8th, 6:30 PM – 9 PM

In collaboration with UBC’s Young Women in Business Club, WiS is a participant in UBC’s annual IWD banquet- the largest student-run International Women’s Day event in Vancouver. Come out to TELUS Gardens to celebrate women, hear from some high-profile keynote speakers, participate in a silent auction, speak to professionals during a panel discussion, and much more at this semi-formal event. Tickets are $17 for WiS members, $20 for other UBC students, or $30 for the general public. See the 2018 event page HERE for more information or click HERE to purchase a ticket.

Annual General Meeting [Executive Elections] & Year-End Celebration

March 13th, 6 PM – 8 PM

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Come listen to candidates for the executive positions of VP Administration and VP Mentorship!

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This is also your chance to become more involved with WiS as an executive member. We will be hosting our Year-End celebration featuring food, drinks, and cake!

If you are interested in applying to become one of these executive positions, please click the “Get Involved” tab.

Mentor Check-In


March 15th, 6 PM – 9 PM
Meet the Team

This event is exclusive to mentors and mentees paired at our October Meet-a-Mentor event this academic year. Mentors and Mentees will have a chance to check-in, provide anonymous feedback, and network with other mentors and mentees. Light refreshments will be provided!

Meet the Team

2018 – 2019

Ashini Dissanayake
President 

AshiniPicAshini is a third year Biochemistry student who is passionate about empowering women and excited to be a part of the UBC Women in Science executive team for a second year. She enjoys research and has spent many summers in the lab working in a variety of fields (neuroscience, spinal cord injury, immunology/pathology). She also volunteers with harm reduction initiatives at community health centres in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and works as a Lifeguard/Swim Instructor for the City of Richmond. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, hiking, skiing, swimming, and hopes to someday travel the world!

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Mannkiran Pandher
Treasurer

meMannkiran is a third-year student at UBC. She is interested in studying cell biology, biochemistry and microbiology. She is coming back for a second term as an executive member of WiS. She is excited to work this year’s team to provide new and returning members with an amazing experience with WiS. Outside of academics, she enjoys painting, volunteering in her community, scrapbooking, and gardening.

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Petra Catsi
Vice President Mentorship

PetraPicPetra is a 4th year biology student at UBC with a passion for science and women’s empowerment. After spending a year on the WiS events subcommittee, she is very excited to continue working with the club as a member of the executive team for the 2018-19 school year. She hopes to have a positive impact on the UBC science community through her involvement in the mentorship program. In her free time, she enjoys travelling, trying new food, painting, and hiking!

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Marley Leacock 
Vice President Administration

MarleyPicMarley is a third year UBC student who is majoring in Astronomy.  After participating in the Meet a Mentor event hosted by the UBC Women in Science club last year, as well as a networking event hosted by SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology), Marley realized how passionate she was in regards to women helping women achieve their academic goals. This lead her to pursue an executive position with  UBC Women in Science. This is her first year on the executive team, and she is very excited to be involved in the clubs activities this coming year. In her free time, Marley enjoys reading and going on long bike rides.

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Jeanette Johnson
Vice President Internal

JeanettePicJeanette is in her 3rd year at UBC, majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Immunology. She has a passion for advocacy for women in her field, and is very excited to be starting her 3rd years on the UBC WiS executive team. Jeanette has spend the past 12 months working for Cisco/OpenDNS as a co-op student where she has learned a lot about network security and how to code to industry standards. In her spare time she loves to draw cartoons, attend concerts, and watch baking competition shows.

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Madina Faqirzada
Vice President External

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Lauren Eggenberger
Vice President Events

LaurenPicLauren Eggenberger is a third year student in Honors Biology. This is also her third year with the UBC Women in Science Club and her second year as the vice-president of events. Lauren became involved in Women in Science as she is passionate about supporting her fellow female students in science. She hopes to increase female participation in research as she volunteered in a diabetic research lab this past year and found it very rewarding. Born and raised in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, she has a love for exploring the outdoors. She is also a member and an executive of the UBC Cycling Team. Besides biking, Lauren loves to travel, and eat tacos.

Thank you to last year’s executives:

 2017 – 2018

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President: Chanpreet Mangat

Vice President Mentorship: Michelle Huynh

Vice President External: Madina Faqirzada

Vice President Events: Lauren Eggenberger

Treasurer: Mannkiran Pandher

Vice President Administration: Ashini Dissanayake

Vice President Internal: Jeanette Johnson

Mentorship

OVERVIEW

The UBC Women in Science Mentoring Program is available to all Science female undergraduate students in all years of study in all departments. It provides a chance for students to connect with industry professionals who can provide advice and guidance in many areas. Throughout the academic year, students and mentors will have the opportunity to attend networking events, meet other like-minded students, and establish invaluable connections throughout their time in UBC Science and beyond.

Members of the UBC Women in Science Club have the opportunity to apply and be matched with a female Science academic, industry, or healthcare professional. These relationships will last through the academic year (September to March) and include commitments and responsibilities on the part of the mentor and mentee, including availability by phone and email, and willingness to meet three times over the course of the academic year.

We do our best to make matches based on preference(s) indicated in the application forms of both the mentor and student mentees. Matches are not always made based on program of study or interest, although we strive to find common area of interest.  See our pages below for more information!

WiS will also be hosting events around campus throughout the year that any female science undergraduate student can attend. Check out the events page featured on our site for details. You can also email us at ubcwis@gmail.com to stay connected, ubcwismentorship@gmail.com regarding any mentorship questions, or like our Facebook page!

Please note: If you are a female Computer Science student, please refer to your Department’s Tri-Mentoring Program here.

 

Mentors

UBC WiS Mentors 2018-2019

Coming Soon!

Why become a mentor?

Your participation in this mentoring program will allow you to connect with and impact the next generation of women leaders in the field of science. Your role in this partnership will give you insight into current Science programs of study and the ideas that are inspiring today’s youth. Involvement in this program can also provide:

  • opportunities to share lessons learned, future goals
  • inspiration by enthusiastic future science leaders
  • increased understanding of the mentoring process and the role of being a mentor
  • increased understanding of the current UBC curriculum and the issues faces today’s female students

What is expected of you?

  • Meet with your mentee(s) at least two times over the course of the academic semester (September- December and January-April)
  • Attend two WIS events including mandatory attendance at the Meet-A-Mentor Event in September
  • Develop relationship objectives with your student mentee(s)
  • Be available by phone or email to your mentee(s)
  • Complete progress and exit surveys to keep the WIS team updated on your satisfaction with the program

How do I become a mentor?

Information on the 2018-2019 mentor application process coming soon.

What if I cannot commit to full -time mentorship, but still want to be involved?

We love your enthusiasm! Other mentoring opportunities that require a smaller time commitment are available for those unable to participate in the full WIS Mentoring Program. This includes presenting a talk at our lunch-time speaker series and our annual Women in Science and Engineering networking event. If you would like to stay updated on WIS events and possible mentoring opportunities, please contact us at ubcwis@gmail.com to receive our newsletter and event invitations! Our events section is also a great resource for details on upcoming events.

Mentor Resources

There will be several mentor training and professional development workshops coordinated by our club in conjunction with the UBC Mentorship Community of Practice. Please refer to our events section for current information.

Mentor and Mentee Handbook 2018-2019

Any other questions?

All questions pertaining to our membership program should be directed to ubcwismentorship@gmail.com.

Students

Students have the opportunity to apply to be matched with a female Science industry professional or simply participate in the numerous events WIS will host throughout the year. To enter into a relationship, students must become members of the UBC Women In Science Club at a charge of $5. Students who are not part of the mentorship program can attend our events and develop various other skills through club involvement, such as event planning and content writing for our newsletter. Membership is not required to attend the open events WIS will host on campus.

Why  join the UBC Women In Science Mentoring Program?

  • Establish a support network within the professional community that can be noted on your resume
  • Explore career options and how your degree can be molded to fit your career aspirations.
  • Learn how to create and meet career-related goals and how to build professional relationships.
  • Learn about the mentoring process and expectations, roles, and responsibilities of being a mentee

What’s expected of you?

  • Meet with your mentor at least three times over the course of the academic year (September- April)
  • Attend two WIS events, including mandatory attendance at the Kickoff Event in September
  • Be available by phone or email to your mentor
  • Complete entrance, progress, and exit surveys to keep the WIS team updated on your satisfaction with the program
  • Agree to and abide by the Mentoring Agreement and Code of Conduct, which you sign when you enter a Mentor- Mentee Relationship

Mentee Resources

Mentee Application Form 2018-2019 – Coming Soon!

Mentor and Mentee Handbook 2018-2019