Our mission is to foster a community for inspiring the pursuit of gender equality in STEM.
When: Wed, Feb 7st, 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: TBA - come early at 12:30pm for pre-meeting socializing and first dibs on snacks!
When: TBA Where: TBA
When: Wed, Mar 7st from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: TBD - come early at 12:30pm for pre-meeting socializing and first dibs on snacks!
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 5 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.
Jessie Moreton is the current President of SWIGS, and before that, she served two years as SWIGS Networking/Professional Development Chair. She is a fourth year graduate student in the research group of Seth Cohen, and does materials science and chemistry research on metal-organic frameworks and polymers. When not in lab, she's at a SWIGS event, wondering why you're not there (she definitely mentioned it).
Katia is the current Vice President of SWIGS after serving as Co-Outreach Coordinator in 2016-2017. She is a third 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.
Joey has served as the Inter-Club Liaison for the past two years. He is a third year graduate student in Seth Cohen’s Lab researching metal-organic frameworks and their capability for protection against chemical warfare agents. When not in lab, Joey is probably playing board games, riding a bike, or starting a DIY project all while listening to a podcast.
Ellen is the current Networking/Professional Development Chair. She is a fourth 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 is the current outreach coordinator for SWIGS. She is a second 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.