For undergraduates, graduates, and early-career professionals in science, engineering, and technology seeking opportunities for support, networking and professional development, we’re proud to share that WISEST supports two networks to help you navigate your career stage. 

At each stage of your STEM journey, you are likely to experience unique challenges. WISEST is proud to support two networks to help you navigate those challenges as an undergraduate student through UA-WiSE, or as a graduate student to early-career professional through WiSER. We encourage you to explore the opportunities available to you through these two communities.

UA-WiSE - University of Alberta  Women in Science and Engineering

UA-WiSE (University of Alberta Women in Science and Engineering) is a student group at the University of Alberta that supports all undergraduate students underrepresented in fields including science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

UA-WiSE plans events that focus on topics such as mentorship, networking, different careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and the challenges of working in a non-traditional field.

WiSER - Women in Science, Engineering and Research

WiSER (Women in Science, Engineering & Research) was founded in 2008 as a WISEST-supported network to serve the needs of graduate students and early-career professionals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The community is composed of individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics from academia, government, and industry.

Meet some of the Co-Chairs of the UA-WiSE and WiSER networks

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The UA-WiSE & WiSER Mentorship program connects women and underrepresented individuals in STEM fields with mentors who help foster professional development and personal discovery



Zowie Biever (she/her)

UA-WiSE Mentorship Co-Chair
2nd Year BSc Specialization in Molecular Cellular and Developmental Biology, U of A

About Zowie
Zowie is entering the second year of her specialization in Molecular Cellular and Developmental biology at the University of alberta. She previously received a diploma from NAIT, majoring in Biological Sciences with a Laboratory and Research specialization in 2018-2020. Zowie volunteered for UA-WiSE in 2022-2023 and assisted in the interview spotlight series. As the Co-Chair of Mentorship for UA-WiSE, Zowie aims to connect young professionals and students with mentors to help establish career paths and empower women and gender-diverse individuals in STEM. Zowie loves baking, journaling, and reading science fiction novels in her free time.
Angie Stokes (she/her)

UA-WiSE BTA Co-Chair
3rd Year BSc, U of A

About Angie
Angie is entering her third year of biological sciences at the University of Alberta. She volunteered with UA-WiSE during the 2022-2023 school year and was a part of the video and media committee. Now, as Co-chair of UA-wiSE, Angie works to promote STEM fields to underrepresented folks by hosting UA-WiSE's largest event of the year, the Black Tie Affair (BTA). Angie hopes to continue to grow UA-WiSE and promote minority groups at the BTA. In her free time, Angie likes to hike, paddleboard and go biking in the Rocky Mountains.
Jenna Evanchuk (she/her)

WiSER Co-Chair
1st Year Medical Student, U of C

About Jenna
Jenna is a first-year medical student at the Unviersity of Calgary. She earned her MSc in Nutrition and Metabolism from the University of Alberta, researching how maternal nutrition across pregnancy and postpartum is related to the health outcomes of pregnant people and their children. Jenna was on the volunteer commitee at UA-wiSE for 3 years during her undergrad, gaining experience in different positions, including event planning and sponsor recruitment. For the past 2 years, she has served as a Sponsorship Manager for WiSER. Having 5 years of experience in the UA-WiSE/WiSER network, Jenna is thrilled to be taking on the role of Co-chair. She remains highly dedicated to advocating for the inclusion, safety and empowerment of all people in STEM fields.
Angella Britton (she/her)

WiSER Co-Chair
PhD Candidate in Microbiology and Biotechnology, U of A

About Angelle
Angelle is a PhD Candidate in Microbiology and Biotechnology at the Unviersity of Alberta, focusing on Burkholderia bacteriophages. Since her undergraduate studies, Angelle has been involved in the scientific community as the Co-President of her University's science society and in graduate school with WiSER. In 2021, Angelle joined WiSER's executive commitee and has served as Event Lead, Volunteer Coordinator, and now as Co-chair. She also received the 2021 Margaret Brine Graduate Scholarship for Women. Angelle is continually grateful for opportunity to contribute to WiSER's mandate and encourage others to pursue and retain their STEM journey.