The Women in Science Student Summit drew nearly 100 attendees to Reed in January.
The Women in Science Student Summit drew nearly 100 attendees to Reed in January.
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Women in Science

Alumnae, students, and faculty gather for summit at Reed.

Tracey Scherban ’83 | March 27, 2018

Why choose science? Nearly 100 women from Portland colleges gathered for the Women in Science Student Summit at Reed on January 28 to ponder this and other questions about choosing a path in science. Professionals shared their experiences about the challenges and rewards of STEM careers. Students learned about careers in industry, education, research, science policy, high tech start-ups, and science communication.

Marilyn Olmstead ’65, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis, gave the keynote presentation on “My Career in Chemistry and Some Fun with Fullerenes.” Reed alumnae Natalie Keenan ’15, Anna Brown ’05, and Reed Visiting Chemistry Prof. Natasja Swartz [chemistry 2017–] gave advice on “Finding Your Path” in a panel discussion. Interactions between students and mentors throughout the day highlighted the important role of mentoring to women in science. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive. As one student commented, "This was an exciting opportunity to network and get excited about science!"

The summit was organized by members of the American Chemical Society (ACS) Portland Section, including Tracey Scherban ’83 and Reed Chemistry Professor Juliane Fry [chemistry and environmental studies 2008–]. The event was sponsored by Reed and the ACS through an Innovative Project Grant.