A networking event from Science World in collaboration with SCWIST for students to explore unusual STEAM careers with mentors.
About This Event
While the terms "women" and "girls" are used in our event, Girls and STEAM invites participants and mentors who identify as women, girls, trans, genderqueer, non-binary, two-spirit, and gender questioning.
In collaboration with the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST), Girls and STEAM Mentor Café: Unusual Careers will provide students in grades 10-12 with the opportunity to network with women who are making incredible contributions to the world of STEAM, connect with like-minded peers, and equip themselves with knowledge that will ease their transition from high school to higher education.
The event will begin with an introduction of our mentors, followed by three breakout rooms to give participants a chance to interact with different mentors.
• 11-11:10am: Introducing the mentors
• 11:10-11:25am: Networking breakout session #1
• 11:25-11:40am: Networking breakout session #2
• 11:40-11:55am: Networking breakout session #3
• 11:55am-12:00pm: Closing remarks
Ella Chan is a student at the University of British Columbia. Her passion for science was ignited through her younger brother's diagnosis with Nephrotic Syndrome, a potentially debilitating kidney disease. Finding the lack of long-treatment options for autoimmune conditions unacceptable, she majored in pharmacology and is now working towards a Medical Doctor (MD) degree.
Ella channels her interests in science communication and medicine into an educational YouTube Channel, Sci-Files, wrote "STEM-Files," a book that showcases female role models in STEAM careers, and recently founded Fission Learning, a program that aims to inspire the next generation of STEAM educators and innovators.
Emma Davy is a physical scientist and professor at Quest University. She received both her BSc and PhD degrees in chemistry from the University of Victoria before moving onto the Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation at the University of Ottawa to work as a postdoctoral fellow.
Emma currently teaches courses in general, organic, and inorganic chemistry, mentors students, and works as a scientific advisor for VoxCell Bioinnovation, an organization that creates biometric models in the area of tissue engineering and drug development.
Julie Grondin is a postdoctoral fellow and science communication instructor at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She received both her BSc and PhD degrees in biochemistry from Queen’s University before moving to Alberta for a postdoctoral fellowship at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
Julie’s current postdoctoral research at the Michael Smith Laboratories in UBC is focused on dietary enzymes that digest dietary carbohydrates in the gut. She is passionate about science education and has been a member of SCWIST since 2018.
Adrienne Shumlich works for Oceans Network Canada as a GIS specialist. She studied geography at an undergraduate level at the University of Calgary and has a Masters of Science in physical geography from the University of Delaware where she focused on GIS and remote sensing.
Adrienne is passionate about spatially analyzing data to explain patterns and trends in natural and human-made environments, and the impact that these aspects have on one another. Her research has covered Argentinian rock glaciers and the depletion of glaciers in Western Canada.
Vienna Lam is the forensic entomology laboratory manager at Simon Fraser University's (SFU) Centre for Forensic Research and a doctoral scholar at the SFU School of Criminology. She has a diverse background in criminology, archaeology, and forensic anthropology. Much of her work involves studying human body detection and decomposition in aquatic environments.
Vienna also teaches undergraduate students, hosts free science workshops for local youth and serves as a University Research Ethics Board member. More recently, she has been leading a project that examines how medicolegal investigations have been impacted by the COVID-19 global health crisis.
Please note that this list of mentors is subject to change.
• Closed captioning and Sign language translation will be available.
• We strive to make our events accessible and enjoyable for everyone. If you have an accommodation request not listed above, please let us know in your registration form or contact Madelyn Osborne at [email protected] or 604.443.7496.