SWIGS | Society for Women in Graduate Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego

Society for Women in Graduate Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at UC San Diego

Our mission is to foster a community for inspiring the pursuit of gender equality in STEM.

Upcoming Events

Coffee Meet-Up

When: Wed, Oct 31 from 10-11am Where: Mandeville Coffee Cart Topic: Coffee meet-up with spooky themed snacks.

November Monthly Meeting

When: Wed, November 7 from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: Figure making workshop

December Monthly Meeting

When: Wed, December 5 from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: TBD - come early at 12:30pm for pre-meeting socializing and first dibs on snacks!

History

Professor Stacey Brydges approached graduate stduents Alissa Sasayama and Jane Henderson during their first year in the Kubiak group with her ideas for starting a women’s group in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. The ladies ran with the idea and created SWIGS in spring of 2011. Alissa continued to develop SWIGS as President for the following four years. In 2012, Melissa Helm joined the Kubiak group as a first-year graduate student and quickly became involved with SWIGS. Melissa served as vice president from 2013-2015, before becoming president for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Thanks in large part to the women who have come before us, SWIGS has grown over the last 7 years to reach 35 members and a total of 109 mailing list subscribers. In the last year alone, SWIGS hosted 51 events averaging 12 attendees with discussion topics such as “Negotiation Tactics: Getting to Yes,” professional development seminars such as “Finding and Applying for Non-academic positions,” outreach activities such as Expanding Your Horizons San Diego, and a number of social gatherings outside of the lab.

Recently, SWIGS was the recipient of the 2017 UC San Diego Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action & Diversity Award.

Check out our yearly newsletter!


2013-2014 2013-2014 Left to right: Melissa Clark (Vice President), Alissa Sasayama (President) and Lisa Adamiak (Outreach Coordinator).
2014-2015 2014-2015 Left to right: Lisa Adamiak (Outreach Coordinator), Jacquelin Kammeyer (Secretary), Alissa Sasayama (President), Jessie Peters (Interclub Liaison), Melissa Clark (Vice President), and Katherine Nadler (Seminar Coordinator).
2015-2016 2015-2016 Left to right: Faith Katz (Secretary and Marketing Coordinator), Jessie Moreton (Professional Development Coordinator), Melissa Helm (President), Katherine Nadler (Vice President), Yanice Benitez (Junior Outreach Coordinator), Gwen Merlen (Junior Outreach Coordinator)
2016-2017 2016-2017 Left to right: Faith Katz (Secretary and Marketing Coordinator), Joey Palomba (Inter-Club Liason), Katherine Nadler (President), Naneki Collins (Vice President), Yanice Benitez (Co-Outreach Coordinator), Katia Charov (Co-Outreach Coordinator)
2017-2018 2017-2018 Left to right: Liora Mael (Outreach Coordinator), Ellen Coddens (Profession Development), Jessie Moreton (President), Katia Charov (Vice President), and Joey Palomba (Inter-Club Liason).

2017-2018 Principle Members

Katia Charov - Co-President

Katia is the current Co-President of SWIGS after serving as Co-Outreach Coordinator in 2016-2017 and Vice President in 2017-2018. She is a fourth year graduate student in the Burkart Lab researching natural product biosynthesis. When not in lab, Katia is probably outside failing to surf or getting sweaty palms while rock climbing.


Ellen Coddens - Co-President

Ellen is the current Co-President of SWIGS following a successful year as Professional Development Coordinator in 2017-2018. She is a fifth year graduate student in the Grassian lab researching the atmospheric and chemical processes of cloud droplets. When not in lab, Ellen is enjoying the California weather outdoors and making friends with every Corgi she sees.


Liora Mael - Vice President

Liora is the current SWIGS Vice President. She is a third year graduate student in the Grassian lab where she is studying low temperature properties of atmospheric aerosols. When not in lab, Liora can be found trying to teach her pets to be better communicators.


Rebecca Re - Co-Professional Development Coordinator

Rebecca is one of the current Co-Networking/Professional Development Chairs. She is a second year graduate student in the Burkart lab, studying biosynthetic pathways. When not in lab, Rebecca is at the beach with friends, exploring San Diego, or collecting new recipes that she most likely will never try.


Brianna Sierra - Co-Professional Development Coordinator

Brianna is one of the current Co-Networking/Professional Development Chairs. She is a second year graduate student in the Burkart lab researching the biosynthetic pathway and structural characteristics of melanin. When not in lab, Brianna is most likely to be found outdoors hiking or at the beach while managing to never tan but perpetually burn to a crisp red.


Kathryn Mayer - Outreach Coordinator

Kathryn is the Outreach Coordinator for SWIGS this year. She is a fourth year in the Prather group.


Ari Remmel - Community Organizer

Ari is the new Community Organizer for the 2018-2019 academic year. They are a third year graduate student in the Godula group, researching hydrogels.


Stacey Brydges - Faculty Advisor

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Past Events

September Monthly Meeting

When: Wed, September 12 from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: Ask not what SWIGS can do for you, ask what you can do for SWIGS (or with SWIGS). Community brain storming session: what would you like to see us do more or less of this year?

Summer Networking Mixer

When: Thurs, September 6 from 4-6pm Where: NSB Atrium What: Call it a summer holiday party! Join your fellow chemists and biochemists for an evening of snacks, refreshing beverages and conversation. Featuring women in science trivia - winner gets a gift certificate to everyone's favorite coffee cart! Talk to a professor for clues...

August Monthly Meeting

When: Wed, August 1 from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: SWIGS Sponsored Yoga featuring the One and Only Lovely Liora Leading the Way. Come early at 12:30pm for pre-meeting socializing and first dibs on snacks!