UAWIC Team Welcome & Fall Meetings

We are happy to announce Karen Hoy will be joining the 2018/2019 UAWIC Executive Team as our Media Relations Officer. We also are glad to welcome General Members Michelle Ha, Hansol Park, Kleinberg Fernandes, Sarah Milliken and Tania Gautman to the team!

If you are interested in learning what WIC is all about, we encourage you to attend one of our biweekly meetings! The meetings for fall semester will take place on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm in CCIS 3-003 starting this week on Wednesday September 19th.


Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry

We would like to announce that we have decided to modify our student group name. We will refer to the group as Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry moving forward.

We believe this change reflects our goals and better encompasses the ideals of UAWIC and its members.

We will be updating our constitution to reflect this change and we encourage our members to attend our Fall Open House on Thursday October 11 to learn more about our student group initiative.

We can still be reached by email at and via our Twitter @UofAWIC 


Position Vacancy – Media Relations Officer

It is bittersweet to say goodbye to our Media Relations Officer, Dr. Regina Sinelnikov. She was an integral part of the team which co-founded UAlberta WIC and a key player in planning a successful LOGIC 2018 retreat. Her passion for science saw her play a leadership role in other groups, such as Let’s Talk Science and UAlberta Nano. Her dedication to science outreach is contagious and her enthusiastic mentorship is inspirational. She is an incredible woman in chemistry!

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Are you interested in becoming more involved with UAlberta WIC? The position of Media Relations Officer is currently vacant for the 2018/2019 term. Please read the short description below:

The Media Relations Officer shall be responsible for the group’s advertisement. This includes updating and maintaining the WIC social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook, website, etc.) and creating event announcements (email, posters, etc.) to promote club activities

If you are interested, please send an email to with a short blurb describing why you would be great for the position!

Crochet Workshop – Make Your Own Glassware

Join us for a fun evening of crocheting and camaraderie with fellow members of the Women in Chemistry Group. No prior knowledge is necessary, as we will have an instructor present to teach all the beginners! Registration fee includes workshop kit, an instructor, and some light snacks.

Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 5:30 – 7 pm
Location: Chemistry Lounge (E4-43)
Registration Fee: $15

Click here to Register

UAlberta Faculty Panel Discussion


The UAlberta Women in Chemistry invites you to a Panel Discussion with our very own Department of Chemistry faculty. Please join us on Wednesday, Mar 14 in E4-43 at 9:30 am for a frank discussion on life in academia. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served.

Our panel discussion will be composed of:

UAlberta Staff Panel Discussion


The UAlberta Women in Chemistry invites you to a Panel Discussion with our very own Department of Chemistry staff. Please join us on Tuesday, Jan 30 in E4-43 at 10 am for a frank discussion on different career pathways in chemistry. Complimentary cookies and coffee will be served.

Our panel discussion will be composed of:

Anna Jordan, B.Sc. “The American University in Cairo”, Cairo, Egypt
M.Sc. (Physical Chemistry) “Washington State University”, Pullman, Washington, U.S.A.
Ph.D. (Inorganic Chemistry) “University of Alberta”, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Physical Chemistry Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Alberta till mid 2017
Volunteer Graduate Thesis Editor for Students whose Native Language is not English.

Michele Richards, received her B.A. in Chemistry at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1996, her M.Sc. in 1998 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Prof. Samuel H. Gellman, and, after a period in industry, her Ph.D. in 2012 with Prof. Todd L. Lowary at the University of Alberta. Michele is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the Alberta Glycomics Centre working with Prof. Christopher W. Cairo and Prof. John S. Klassen; her research focuses on molecular dynamics simulations of glycolipids, glycoproteins, and glycosyl hydrolase enzymes.

Leah Veinot, grew up in Vancouver, B.C. where she graduated from UBC with her B.Sc. in Chemistry in 1994. In 1997, after completing a Masters degree in Atmospheric Chemistry, from York University, she started working as an application specialist for Brinkmann Instruments Ltd. in Mississauga, Ontario (now part of Metrohm). About a year later she realized her dream of becoming an instructor when she received a teaching position at Seneca College in Toronto. When her family moved to Chicago, Illinois, USA shortly thereafter she again worked in industry, this time as an application scientist with Mettler-Toledo Bohdan. Over the past 15 years she has worked in academics and raised 3 children. She has worked as an instructor at UofA (lab), Grant MacEwan (lab), and NAIT (lab and lecture) and for the past 3 years she has worked in administration, as the ATUMS program coordinator.

Meet and Greet: Dr. Tabitha Wood (UWinnipeg)

The UAlberta WIC group invites you to join us for a meet and greet session in the chemistry lounge (E4-43) with Dr. Tabitha Wood on Monday, Nov 27 at 10:00am… just in time for your morning coffee! In this informal discussion, you will get the chance to talk to Dr. Wood about her experiences in science. Everyone is welcome to participate in the discussion while enjoying complimentary cookies and coffee.



Welcome to our new site!

Women in Chemistry at the University of Alberta is a new initiative which aims to celebrate and showcase leading women in science, while addressing the lack of diversity and the challenges female researchers face in and outside of academia. Through a series of meet and greets and professional development workshops, we hope to create a platform for fruitful discussions and positive role models. We invite you to join our group and the discussion.