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WISEatlantic aims to shift gendered STEM stereotypes. We empower girls to consider Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)-based careers by raising their awareness of the diversity of jobs within these fields, and enabling them to visualize themselves working in these fields. WISEatlantic also supports early career women in STEM through professional development and networking opportunities.

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IBIS Student Assistantship Program

WISEatlantic launches a new funding opportunity.

We are excited to announce the launch of the Indigenous-Black-International Science (IBIS) Student Assistantship program. This program enables Indigenous, Black and/or international Science students the opportunity to apply for paid assistantships to work with Science faculty at the Mount on research projects. Both students and faculty need to apply to be part of the IBIS program. More information on the program can be found HERE.

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CAGIS Halifax Chapter 2022/23

The Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS) is returning to in-person events for the 2022-2023 school year!

The monthly STEM club for girls is a volunteer-run organization that provides participants with the opportunity to explore various workplaces and careers with the help of female and gender non-conforming role models. To do so, chapters run events that encourage learning through hands-on activities and experiments, which often take place in the form of workplace visits. In compliance with public health guidelines and out of consideration for our participants, volunteers, and role models, CAGIS events have been held virtually for the past two years. As in-person gatherings become the norm once again, we are excited to bring our Chapter events back to a more familiar format. All CAGIS events will be back in-person for the upcoming year! 

The Halifax Chapter is open to girls aged 10-16. Monthly events run from September to June (except December) and will expose participants to a variety of STEM careers and disciplines. Some anticipated topics of exploration for the upcoming year include astronomy, oceanography, psychology, and neuroscience.  

To find out more about the Halifax CAGIS Chapter and to register, visit girlsinscience.ca/join/ 

The Chapter is also currently in need of volunteers to help run and plan monthly events. We are seeking Undergraduate and Graduate Science students from the area who are passionate about encouraging and inspiring young girls to pursue STEM. If interested, visit girlsinscience.ca/volunteer/  

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2022 Junior Summer Science Camp

Our Junior Girls Get W.I.S.E. Summer Camp was held from July 25th to 29th at Mount Saint Vincent University. Participants spent the majority of the week raising zebrafish, small vertebrates that develop at exceptional speeds. In doing so, we fostered skills relevant to lab work, including scientific drawing, age staging, proper microscope care, and lab etiquette.

Outside of time spent watching the zebrafish grow, the girls engaged in numerous hands-on STEM activities that explored different disciplines; we put our engineering skills to the test with an earthquake-proof tower challenge, learned the basics of computer coding by using Turing Tumbles, and created our own light-up cards using simple circuits. Various sessions were also held by role models and partner organizations. Makers Making Change introduced soldering to our participants and gave them the chance to build their own piece of assistive technology; ICTC ran a session on cybersecurity; and Lockheed Martin provided the girls with the opportunity to try their hand at working with radio frequencies using computers. Furthermore, two sessions were run by members of the Mount community: an EEG session was run by members of Dr. Derek Fisher’s lab and a chemistry session was run by Chemistry and Physics lab instructor Alyssa Doué.  

Amidst the hustle and bustle of the hands-on activities, we also held a role model session where participants got the chance to sit down with various women in STEM and ask them questions related to their career and schooling. Some of this year’s role models included a mechanical engineer, a software developer, and a developmental biologist.  

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Being an LGBTQ2S+ Ally: Tips for Faculty
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Being an LGBTQ2S+ Ally: Tips for Faculty

We’ve put together some helpful tips for faculty on how they can be better allies to the LGBTQ2S+ community.

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Spotlight Series Organizations
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Spotlight Series Organizations

Over the past couple months we have been highlighting STEM organizations right here in Atlantic Canada. It was important to us to highlight organizations that strive for STEM inclusion for equity deserving groups. Here is a reference document with all all of the organizations we have featured and their contact information!

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Tips for Enhancing EDI in University Administration
For: Women in SETT/Professionals

Tips for Enhancing EDI in University Administration

This document features 10 tips on enhancing EDI within university administration. It was developed by the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering -Prairie Region.

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