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On this page, you'll find information about diversity and intersectionality, news features of women in science, and information about groups and research clusters on campus that focus on empowering women and fostering diversity in science.
Read about Urbah Syed, a first-year undergraduate student in the InSciTE program with a diverse background and a promising future.
People are influenced by their gender, ethnicity, and backgrounds. These influences can shape their outlook of the world around them and their experiences within it, which often allow them to offer different perspectives and insights.
When approaching tasks and problems, diverse perspectives can lead to creative and innovative problem-solving, new approaches and processes, and an increase in collective intelligence.
These benefits are highly valued by the Faculty of Science, evidenced by our desire to offer platforms for diverse perspectives to be heard and our support of groups and initiatives designed to create spaces for underrepresented groups within the Faculty.
Check out some of the University of Alberta’s exciting news stories about women and diversity in science including stories from Contours, the Faculty of Science’s semi-annual magazine.
Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences honours contributions of women to the field of mathematics.
May 2, 2019
10 young women are set for the adventure of a lifetime this summer, thanks to Girls on Ice Canada and a major funding infusion from the Government of Canada.
March 8, 2019
Historic math poster updated to reflect contributions by female mathematicians.
January 17, 2019
Culturally appropriate services for First Nations are critical for successful, safe, and sensitive wildfire evacuations, study shows.
January 10, 2019
UAlberta student-led initiative kicks off new lecture series to advance diversity in chemistry.
December 6, 2018
Grade 11 student Hamdi Ali made the discovery while conducting summer research at the University of Alberta.
November 23, 2018
Warren visits campus from the University of Toronto to speak on mining waste environments and improving diversity in science.
April 22, 2018
UAlberta Women in Chemistry group celebrates one-year anniversary, hosts first conference
June 9, 2017
New alumna takes her passion for science and the environment to the next level
Intersectionality is a concept and framework used to examine how different forms of discrimination often overlap or intersect with one another, creating unique, compounded forms of oppression that affect different individuals to varying degrees.
There are many kinds of discrimination. Some examples include:
Intersectionality is an important consideration in science because it is vital to consider how different variations of socioeconomic factors affect and shape identities and perspectives—not only in the classroom, but also in the laboratory and field.
There a several groups on campus that tailor to supporting diversity and gender inclusivity within the Faculty of Science and all the fields and departments contained within.
Some of the groups of note are Ada’s Team, UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry (UAWIC), and Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST).
Ada’s Team is a student group dedicated to promoting and supporting diversity in computing, games, and technology.
The group offers tutoring for coding, a comprehensive collection of resources of diversity-focused groups, and access to scholarships and conferences specific to women in computing science.
The UAlberta Working for Inclusivity in Chemistry group (formerly known as Women in Chemistry) is a student initiative that fosters relationships and mentorships between women in the Chemistry Department and women in other fields and industries with backgrounds in chemistry.
The goals of the Ualberta WIC group are to foster camaraderie among female members in the Chemistry Department, create opportunities for students to interact with female role models with events like the LOGIC Retreat, and organize career development workshops to help enhance the resumes of young scholars.
Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST) is a hub designed to empower women through hands-on experiences like summer research internships, mentorship and networks, conferences (such as the SET and Choices conferences), and volunteer opportunities.
Read about Sarah Styler, a UAlberta environmental chemistry professor researching urban air pollutants.
Read about Margaret-Ann Armour, champion for women in STEM, being honoured by her alma mater.
Read about the annual Grace Anne Stewart Speaker Series, an annual event put on by the Department of Earth Sciences (EAS) that highlights female scientists.
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