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

February Monthly Meeting

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!

February Brewery Visit

When: TBA Where: TBA

March Monthly Meeting

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!

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 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.


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

Jessie Moreton - President

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 Charov - Vice President

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 Palomba - Inter-Club Liaison

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 Coddens - Professional Development Coordinator

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 Mael - Outreach Coordinator

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.


Stacey Brydges - Faculty Advisor

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