Like the idea of the WiSE UP: Strategies for Success in STEM career day on 22nd June but not sure you can afford it?
There is good news if your science background is in biochemistry (in the widest possible sense). Cambridge AWiSE has been awarded one of three Biochemical Society Gender Equality in Science Grants 2012 allowing us to offer three fully sponsored places to attend the event.
Fancy applying? See here for all the details – deadline 28th May.
“My Sister Rosalind Franklin”, with Jenifer Glynn, author
17th May 2012, 6-7 pm Wood-Legh Room, Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge
Cambridge AWiSE and Lucy Cavendish College are delighted to welcome writer and historian Jenifer Glynn to speak about her new book, “My Sister Rosalind Franklin”. Rosalind Franklin, a British biophysicist and x-ray crystallographer made an important contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA and led pioneering work into viral structure. In this family memoir, Jenifer paints a picture of Rosalind’s life, education and influences.
CamAWiSE stand was well placed in the Biology Zone at the Cambridge Science Festival and attracted a steady stream of people of all ages; children could assemble a skeleton or test bridge structures while parents and mothers discussed careers in science for themselves or daughters thinking of applying for science degrees.
Dr Tennie Videler, Co-chair of Cambridge Association for Women in Science and Engineering
Women are under-represented in employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM), both inside and outside academia. Even in the biosciences, where women make up over half of the undergraduates, women still account for only 15% of professors. In all STEMM subjects, qualified women are not retained in similar proportions to men with the result that women are severely under-represented in senior positions. For example, among science, engineering and technology (SET) academic faculty in the US in 2003, women comprised 18 to 45 % of assistant professors (26% lecturers and 18% senior researchers/lecturers in the UK in 07/08) and 6 to 29 % of associate and full professors (9% in the UK in 07/08). Not just in academia, but in general SET occupations, fewer women with undergraduate SET qualifications enter SET professional or associate professional occupations. Possible reasons for this are multi-faceted, not easy to solve, but worth exploring: