The majority of STEM disciplines in Canada are male-dominated and there is a significant lack of programming available to girls. The Girls Get WISE program is a university-based program that is funded by the federal government, the university, and corporate sponsorship. This program is delivered in person by educational professionals, science students, and past participants. By engaging girls in hands-on interactive STEM activities in a safe and fun space, this program provides an opportunity for young women to showcase their talents and excitement for science-based topics. The features of this program and its evaluation over a 10 year period are described here.
The third installment of our Career Spotlight Series features five Indigenous women working in various STEM careers throughout Atlantic Canada. Download your copy today!
Former Prairies Chair, Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst and her team, lead the first University Climate Survey amongst faculty in natural science and engineering fields at select universities in their region in 2018. Atlantic Chair Dr. Franz-Odendaal tailored the survey for her region and ran it in 2018 as well. These surveys aim to understand the perceptions and experiences faculty members have of their workplace. The survey has also been run in the Ontario region by former Chair Dr. Catherine Mavriplis and the results are being analyzed. Below are the published articles based on these surveys:
Abstract: Science and engineering research excellence can be maximized if the selection of researchers is made
from 100% of the pool of human talent. This requires policies and approaches that encourage broad
sections of society, including women and other underrepresented groups, to participate in research.
Institutional policies, interpersonal interactions, and individuals’ attitudes are drivers of workplace
culture. Here, some new evidence-based and systematic approaches with a focus on culture are
proposed to foster women’s inclusion and success in science and engineering.
Ce rapport, préparé par Andrea Perreault en consultation avec les chaires du CRSNG pour les femmes en sciences et en génie, examine les pourcentages de femmes dans les domaines des STIM dans les différentes régions du Canada. Il examine également la répartition des groupes minoritaires travaillant dans les domaines des STIM au Canada selon le sexe.
The 2019 Atlantic ConnecTions Conference, which took place at the University of Prince Edward Island in May, was a great opportunity to get together with local people and organizations focused on the recruitment and retention of Women in SETT. The theme of ACT 2019 was ‘Sustaining Women in SETT’ a nod to our host venue, the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at UPEI.
Please enjoy reading a summary of the conference proceedings in the report.
In the summer of 2018, we surveyed faculty at several Atlantic Canadian universities in Natural Sciences, Engineering, and Computer Science departments about their workplace climate. This research survey was conducted in partnership with NSERC CWSE Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst and her team at the University of Manitoba.
Outcomes from Gender Summit 11 North America held in Montreal, November 6-8, 2017.
First journal article by the WISEatlantic Research Team featuring data from our survey of middle school students in the Maritime Provinces.