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Operation Minerva Group Thanks CCWESTT for Supporting Operation Minerva Day 2019

By: Operation Minerva Group

Dear CCWESTT 2018 Conference Committee,

On behalf of the entire Operation Minerva Planning Committee I would like to thank you for your generous donation to Operation Minerva Day 2019! Your funds were used to cover bussing, (traditionally the most expensive component of running this event), paying for substitutes for our dedicated teacher volunteers and as awards for the essay contest.

For our 30th anniversary of Operation Minerva Day this year, we were able to broaden our impact and reach by providing 139 Grade 8 girls from 40 schools throughout Calgary and surrounding areas, with the opportunity to job-shadow successful female STEM professionals. This year we had 14 different STEM organizations/groups participate as job-shadowing hosts. These organizations included Benevity, Enmax, Stantec and various research labs at the University of Calgary! Students spent Operation Minerva Day onsite with their mentors where they got to tour the facilities, learn about their day-to-day duties, and participate in fun, hands-on activities designed to teach them more about the profession. From drilling into cakes to learn about oil-well mapping to observing a model car running on hydrogen fuel cells, the girls had a variety of exciting stories to share at the end of their job-shadowing experience!

Thank you once again for helping make this incredible event possible! If you would like any more information about event day or how your funds were utilized please let me know. If you're curious to learn more about what goes on at the job-shadowing sites check out this UToday article written about the program:

Best regards,

Fariha Khaliq
Operation Minerva Coordinator
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Canadian Commission for UNESCO Spring Newsletter

By: Canadian Commission for UNESCO

The Canadian Commission for UNESCO is pleased to share with you this second edition of their newsletter.

View the Spring Newsletter HERE!

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L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme

By: L'Oréal-UNESCO

Within the framework of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Programme, the call for nominations for the International Awards 2020 has been issued.

The 2020 edition of the Awards will designate five outstanding scientific researchers in the Life Sciences. Each of the five Laureates will receive an award of 100,000 for her great contribution to advances in scientific research. They will be celebrated in a ceremony to be held in March 2020.

Since the beginning of the programme in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards have honored 107 laureates, including three who won the Nobel Prize.

Scientists around the world are invited to submit candidates and an international jury of eminent scientists makes the final selection.

The deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, June 12 2019.

View the Call for Nominations – EN

View the Call for Nominations – FR

View the Rules and Regulations

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CAF-FCA Apprenticeship News – Spring Issue

By: CAF-FCA

Welcome to the spring edition of Apprenticeship News!  Read on to get details of upcoming events, including the 2019 Supporting Women in Trades Conference and updates on CAF-FCA research activities.  

Be sure to check out the first edition of our ED Blog where France Daviault reflects on her first six months since joining the CAF-FCA team.  

View Apprenticeship News – Spring Issue.

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Statistics Canada Releases Report - Persistence and representation of women in STEM programs

By: Statistics Canada

The underrepresentation of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and computer science) has attracted considerable attention, and many have wondered whether women are more likely than men to quit STEM programs at university. Using data from the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform (ELMLP), this study follows a cohort of students who enrolled in a STEM program in 2010 over a number of years, in order to see the extent to which women and men persist in and eventually graduate from STEM programs.

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