Yesterday, October 14th, Women in Chemical Engineering and the Clean Energy Institute hosted a nanotechnology fair with various experiments to inspire young girls to pursue a career in STEM. Over 250 kids attended the event, a huge turnout! All the kids had so much fun, and the parents were pleased with the enthusiasm of the scientists manning the experiment stations. Huge shout out to our Outreach Coordinator, Gabby Tosado, for making this event such a fantastic success!
On May 26th, WChE and AIChe hosted an event to celebrate our seniors last few weeks in the department. Thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated with us! The "Transfer of Knowledge" panel from our seniors gave us great advice for surviving our next years in Chem E. It is sad to see the seniors go, but we all know they are on to do great things! Check out the gallery below to see some of the pictures from the event
On April 4th, 2017, WChE members traveled to Medina Elementary School's Science Fair to teach kids how materials on the nanoscale can be different from materials on the bulk scale. Students learned these concepts hands-on by making colorful thin films from clear nail polish. Thank you to Medina Elementary School for organizing this fun event and to the WChE members who volunteered!
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our first annual 5e+13 Atom Fun Run on Saturday, May 6! We had a great time racing around campus, even if the Seattle sunshine didn't show up as soon as we would have liked. Congrats to the Chem E grad students who won a cookie party for showing up with the greatest number of participants, and earning the fastest average time in completing the race!
In celebration of IEEE Photonics Society‘s International “Introduce a Girl to Photonics” Week, the Clean Energy Institute (CEI), along with Women in Chemical Engineering (WChE) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), hosted a photonics fair with various booth of photonics experiments for students. This event took place on October 1st, 1-4pm in HUB 340.
This event is organized by Nicholas Montoni (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sarah Vorpahl (email@example.com), and the Graduate School.
You can register for this event (limited to 150 attendees) and RSVP to the Facebook event.
We, in partnership with the Graduate School, are excited to announce a collaborative summit taking place on Saturday, October 8th, 2016; 8:30 AM ~ 5 PM titled "Strengthening STEM through Diversity." The event aims to bring together students, staff, and faculty in STEM-related fields in order to address the needs, challenges, and successes of underrepresented or minoritized members of these fields. The events of the day will include plenary talks, a panel of student leaders in STEM diversity RSOs, and a workshop with the goal of designing an action plan for future support of diversity in STEM.
The event aims to bring together students, staff, and faculty in STEM-related fields in order to address the needs, challenges, and successes of people in these fields who are underrepresented or minoritized due to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, or disability. The goals of the event are as follows.
1. To identify the challenges to diversifying STEM and the needs of underrepresented students and determine actionable solutions.
2. To build community for, generate networking opportunities among, and spotlight the value of diverse and underrepresented students in STEM.
3. To determine best practices for the recruitment, mentorship, and graduation of underrepresented students; identify the means to implement them; and identify ways to distribute this information to those who will benefit from it.
On July 20, 2016, WChE hosted its first-ever Mid-Summer BBQ! We had a classic cookout and gathered to eat, socialize, and participate in a fun team-building activity. Aside from having fun and drinking beer, our goal was to spread the word about our CheMentoring Circles (CMC). For more info on CMC, visit CheMentoring Circles.
We had an attendance of 51 people who checked in, and approximately 35 of them participated in the CMC activity. Everyone was split into groups of 4-5 people; the goal was to create a pyramid of 10 cups using a rubber band with 5 strings tied to it and without touching the cups with their hands. This was a fun little ice-breaker that led to more conversations and socializing!
Thank you to our members who volunteered, and to all the officers who came together to make this event happen! And special thanks to Elizabeth Nance and Jim Pfaendtner for bringing their pulled pork from home to share with everyone!
On May 27, 2016, we gathered to celebrate the Class of 2016 with good food, beer, cake, and a toast. We had 128 attendees; 41 of them were graduating seniors, and we also had juniors, sophomores, graduate students, and faculty attend. Thank you all for coming, especially to all our wonderful volunteers who helped with set up, pouring and serving champagne, bringing the food, ordering supplies, and cleaning afterwards!
Photo gallery from our Facebook page:
On Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 AM in Loew Hall we will be participating in the Mentoring the Transitionevent hosted by Women in Science & Engineering (WiSE). This event is for incoming pre-engineering women and their parents/guardians to learn more about engineering majors at UW, and a few of our officers will be presenting on what is Chemical Engineering. We look forward to sharing our awesome major with the incoming Class of 2020!
On April 22-23 (Friday and Saturday), in collaboration with the AIChE chapter at UW, we held a Power of Polymers exhibit outside Benson Hall. A lot of kids, parents, and educators came out to learn from the College of Engineering departments at UW, and we had a lot of fun explaining polymers to them! Our exhibits included sodium polyacrylate, sodium alginate and calcium chloride.
Thank you to all WChE and AIChE members who volunteered at this event!