YWIB is a special initiative of Women In Bio, designed to introduce school girls to careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Our mission at YWIB Greater Montreal Area is to reach out to elementary and high school-age girls and introduce them to careers in STEM and to continue to serve as mentors as they navigate their path toward these types of careers.
Andrea Petschner, B.Sc. from WIB-Montreal's YWIB leadership is interviewed about Young Women In Bio for Montreal Billboard TV! Check out the exclusive interview here!
YWIB Partnerships and Events
Concordia University Faculty of Arts and Science
We had our inaugural event at Concordia University Faculty of Arts and Science in 2014, and each February, we are excited to have our first event of the year there. Our partnership with Concordia includes STEM workshops for grade nine girls from Montreal local schools with university professors and students guiding them through experiments in the fields of chemistry, physics, biology, and biochemistry. Not only do these workshops expose students to science beyond the standard school curriculum, but they also present STEM topics in a way that’s fun and engaging. In addition to the interactive component, we always begin the day with WIB members sharing their life experiences and paths they took throughout school and their professional life. Finally, we conclude the day with a well-deserved treat: ice cream making with liquid nitrogen – now that’s science!
Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University
We are privileged to host a yearly event at the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University to help celebrate Women’s History Month. The McGill students at the center prepare a history quiz that demonstrates the wonderful contribution woman have made to the history of STEM. The grade nine girls from Montreal local schools are split into small groups and are shown various biology workshops that reveal the elements of cancer research. Students meet up again to discuss different educational paths that can lead to a career in STEM fields. We end the day with a lunch where the girls can ask the WIB members and the McGill students questions on their professional experiences.
McGill University Chemistry Outreach
We had our first event at McGill Chemistry outreach in 2016 and we are excited to continue with our partnership. Each September, McGill hosts students in their chemistry labs for demonstration and hands-on preparation of interesting chemistry. For example, students in our inaugural event extracted essential oils from oranges, dyes from blueberries and playing dry ice hockey. The event ended with a “magical” demonstration of the history of chemistry while the students enjoyed a pizza lunch.
We are working on partnering with local industry to have lab tours and demonstrations for students. This will allow students from local high schools to experience STEM careers in real life, allowing them to have a taste of what they can do!
We also take part in STEM events at schools, industry, or government, including family day at Charles River, career days at local schools, and we hope to have job shadowing or events at local companies. Additionally, YWIB has caught the attention of a local human interest news show, which will be filming and airing a YWIB event in early 2017 – stay tuned!