The fourth annual Pacific Northwest Women in Science Retreat will be held on July 8-10 at Camp Magruder (Rockaway Beach, OR). This retreat is patterned after the successful Puget Sound Women Chemist’s Retreat, and it is organized by a collaborative team of motivated graduate students and postdocs from the CSMC, University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University.
Photo Credit: Alison Thompson via Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat
Numerous reports cite low female representation in life science professions that require doctorate-level training. This retreat aims to reach female scientists at the graduate level and at the beginning of their professional journeys to equip them with the practical professional skills that are critical to success in any career choice (academic, industry, government, or other), and to inspire them to continue to advance in the scientific community.
Four Center staff attended to the Puget Sound Women Chemist’s Retreat, May Nyman, Judy Giordan, postdoc Sara Goberna-Ferron and graduate student Deok-Hie Park. May participated in the distinguished panel discussion. Judy and Janet Bryant lead the "Why Bragging is Good for Women" Workshop. This year we are excited to build on what we started; The Pacific Northwest Women in Science Retreat – now in its fourth year – is dedicated to the retention and advancement of women in scientific careers whether in industry, academia, government, entrepreneurship, or non-traditional fields. New for this year, we are expanding the retreat to include people from all over the Pacific Northwest region, and promoting the participation of women from all scientific fields. As in the past, the 2016 retreat will combine professional development workshops, career panel discussions, and networking opportunities for graduate, postdoctoral, and early-career women scientists with the goal of retaining and advancing women in STEM fields. We teach a positive and proactive approach to the challenges commonly faced by women in science, specifically by connecting attendees to a close-knit network of colleagues and mentors, teaching strategies for negotiation, communication, and leadership, and by increasing awareness about factors that can influence women’s career paths.