YWCA Cambridge's STEM GYRLS Mini-Con
By: YMCA Cambridge
For the last 4 years, YWCA Cambridge's have planned an event called the STEM GYRLS Mini-Con. They are a non-profit organization, that strives to provide all of their programming and events to participants for free, barrier-free. All programming that they offer is participant led; they look to the youth they serve to inform what they provide.
The STEM GYRLS Mini-Con was created 4 years ago, when they were hearing from our participants that they wished there was an all girls 'career day' style event that was all science, tech, engineering and math. There were lots of STEM based fairs in the KW/Cambridge community, but at the time, none for girls specifically.
The event has since morphed into a safe space for cis girls, trans girls, non-binary youth and their families to experience STEM activities together, and learn about various careers, led by cis women, trans women and non-binary folks in their communities.
YMCA Cambridge is always looking for folks who align with our vision to be a part of the event in some way; the event is set up like a science fair, with companies and organizations setting up activities for youth and their families to come through and try. If you have a local representative who could attend with an activity of some kind, they would love to have them!
Date: September 21st, 2019 from 1:00pm-4:00pm.
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form
Scholarship: $16K Available to Pursue Manufacturing Careers
By: Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), together with our premier partner Fiera Foods, is awarding four $4,000 scholarships to Canadian women who are currently pursuing an education or apprenticeship that will lead to a career in manufacturing.
In Canada, women account for 48% of the labour force but only 28% of the manufacturing workforce. What is even more alarming, there has been no increase in the share of manufacturing jobs held by women over the last 30 years.
Attracting more women into manufacturing professions is not only critical to helping companies grow and to replace the existing and aging workforce, it provides women with careers that are high value, high tech, highly skilled and high paying.
This scholarship is just one of the steps CME, together with our members and partners, is taking to help support, promote and inspire women in manufacturing.
Deadline to apply: September 13, 2019
Available to: Women currently pursuing an education or apprenticeship that will lead to a career in manufacturing
Award amount: In 2019 four (4) $4,000 scholarships will be presented
For more information and 'how to apply' CLICK HERE
Engage Students this Summer in Engineering Activities!
Have you heard of the "summer slide"? It happens when children with limited or no access to academic programs in the summer start to fall behind.
You can help to STEM the tide by leading engineering activities with students this summer. We've got over 150 teacher-tested, kid-approved activities to choose from like: ziplining, puff mobiles, and more.
To check out over 150 activities to choose from, visit: DiscoverE.org.
Call for e-Newsletter Submissions
Dear Friends and Colleagues of CCWESTT,
We are now accepting submissions for our July e-Newsletter. Please read the e-communication for more information on what we are looking for.
Not sure what to send? You can view our most recent e-Newsletter here.
We appreciate your help in creating an e-Newsletter worthy of your time and attention.
Association Manager, CCWESTT
Read the full e-communication HERE!
Female Scientists Lead the Way as Trent University Receives $2.1 Million for Environmental Research, Equipment & Scholarships
By: Trent University
Three female Trent professors receive some of the highest grants at the University as government announces 2019 NSERC funding
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, Peterborough
Three female Trent researchers studying issues in Environmental Science received some of the highest grants following an announcement that the University has been awarded federal funding of $1.8 million over five years, plus an additional $230,000 for scholarships, further enhancing.
Through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's (NSERC) Discovery Grants, Dr. Cheryl McKenna Neuman received $215,000 over five years for her research into geophysical mechanisms governing particle transport by wind; Dr. Marguerite Xenopoulos was awarded $275,000 over five years for her research linking carbon to structure and function in aquatic ecosystems; and Dr. Janet Yee was awarded $250,000 for her research into gene expression Giardia lamblia, a parasitic disease.
“On behalf of Trent University, I am very pleased with the announcement of the 2019 NSERC competition funding, which will support innovative research projects concentrated on a range of environmental science priorities such as aquatic ecosystems, elemental ecology, environmental change on wildlife and others,” said Dr. Neil Emery, vice-president Research and Innovation. “I am especially pleased to see extraordinary research scientists Dr. Janet Yee, Dr. Maggie Xenopoulos and Dr. Cheryl McKenna Neuman leading the way for women in science.”
The funding is part of the May 21 announcement by the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, minister of Science and Sport, who announced more than $588 million through the NSERC Discovery Grants program to support more than 4,850 researchers and students across the country.
Additional Trent University NSERC recipients are as follows:
Dr. Paul Frost – Biology: awarded a Discovery Grant worth $235,000 over five years for his research into elemental ecology: ecological stoichiometry, limiting nutrients, and lake food webs.
Dr. Barry Saville - Environmental and Life Sciences: awarded a Discovery Grant worth $235,000 for his research investigating control of Ustilago maydis teliospore formation, dormancy and germination.
Dr. Jeff Bowman - Environmental and Life Sciences: awarded a Discovery Grant worth $174,500 over five years for his research into the causes and consequences of hybridization in mammals.
Dr. Marco Pollanen – Mathematics: awarded a Discovery Grant worth $115,000 for his research into novel approaches to rich human-computer interaction with mathematical content.
Dr. Joseph Northrup - Environmental and Life Sciences: awarded a Discovery Grant worth $140,000 over five years for his research into integrating space-use, movement and demographic data to predict the consequences of environmental change on wildlife.
In addition to the Discovery Grants, Prof. Northrup also received a $12,500 Early Careers Researchers supplement grant, aimed at providing timely resources to support early career researchers as they establish their research programs.
To support researchers’ equipment costs, the University also received $219,009 in Research, Tools and Instruments (RTI) grants. Prof. Frost received an RTI grant worth $69,315 to support his ecological research. Biology professor Dr. Dennis Murray received an RTI grant worth $149,694 for his research that monitors Canadian lynx to reveal intricate predator/prey interactions and boreal ecosystem dynamics.
NSERC also awarded Trent University $230,000 in scholarships, including Canada Graduate Scholarships for Masters students, Postgraduate Scholarships for doctoral candidates and Canada Graduate Scholarships for Ph.D. students.
“Trent University remains the gold standard for preparing Canadians for the jobs of today and tomorrow while driving Canada to be even more competitive on the world stage,” said the Hon. Maryam Monsef ’03, Peterborough-Kawartha MP and Trent University alumna. “Our colleges and universities are at the forefront of excellence in science, research, and innovation. They are critical to developing our highly skilled, creative, and diverse workforce and to strengthening our economy. That is why, to date, our government has invested more than a combined $20 million into Trent University and Fleming College for infrastructure and research.”
The recently announced NSERC funding stems from the $4 billion for research committed in the 2018 federal budget, which will also support graduate scholarships and postdoctoral fellowships for students in the natural sciences and engineering. The investment is part of Canada's Science Vision, and the Government of Canada's commitment of more than $10 billion to science, which includes the largest-ever increase in funding for fundamental research.
About Trent University
One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham Greater Toronto Area, delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.
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