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2018 Women In Science

49 Women in Science launches into another year

The 49 Women in Science are preparing to launch into another year with their first event for 2019 – a spring networking event on February 11. Coinciding with the UN International Day for Women and Girls in Science, the event will provide a valuable opportunity for students, faculty and mentors to network, hear from industry speakers and discuss some of the challenges of working in STEM careers.

In 2017, Marg Heldman and Gerda Krause wanted to build a community that would support aspiring female scientists and help them navigate the unique challenges ahead. And so began the 49 Women in Science.

The 49 Women in Science brings together successful women who want to support, create opportunities for, and have an impact on young women who study and seek to establish careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

Almost 18 months after its launch, 49 Women in Science co-chairs Marg and Gerda have been joined by thirteen other female scientists to create Langara’s first Giving Circle, providing both financial aid and career and mentoring opportunities to students.

In 2018, the 49 Women in Science awarded its first three scholarships and awards for financial need and academic excellence.

The Women in Science also held two networking events in 2018, bringing together students, faculty, donors, and special guests to hear from a panel of speakers offering insights and inspiring words of wisdom on their individual journeys in STEM. 49 Women in Science speakers have included scientists from UBC, Parallel 49, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, and Worksafe BC.

Thank you to everyone who has joined and supported the program so far. If you are interested in learning more about the Women in Science, donating to the project, or joining our event on February 11, please contact Marg Heldman or Gerda Krause, or visit the Beyond 49 website.

Moira Gookstetter, Director, Advancement and
Marg Heldman and Gerda Krause, 49 Women in Science Co-Chairs

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