Our mission is to foster a community for inspiring the pursuit of gender equality in STEM.
When: Wed, Oct 9 from 1-2pm Where: Pacific Hall Rm 4500 What: Set your intention: SWIGS sponsored yoga
When: Wed, Nov 6 from 1-2pm Where: Pacific Hall Rm 4501 Topic: TBA
When: Wed, Dec 4 from 1-2pm Where: TBA Topic: TBA
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.
Katia is the current President of SWIGS after serving as Co-Outreach Coordinator in 2016-2017 and Vice President in 2017-2018. She is a fifth 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.
Brianna is the current SWIGS Vice President. She is a third 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.
Rebecca is the current Co-Networking/Professional Development Chairs. She is a third 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.
Liora, the 2019-2020 outreach coordinator, is a fourth year in the Grassian group 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.
When: Wed, April 3 from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: Implementing Toyota Style Process Improvement to Graduate School
When: Tuesday March 12 @2pm Where: NSB Auditorium What: Join SWIGS and CGSC for five 10-minute talks by graduate students from each of the departmental tracks. Coffee and snacks available!
When: Wed, March 6 from 12:30-2pm Where: Pac Hall 4501 Topic: Mental load in graduate school