Preparing for the academic job market

If you’re entering the academic job market soon, or planning to, check out this free PR2ISM workshop that is co-sponsored by InCS. This is open to all UW graduate students and postdocs, so feel free to share!! Preparing for the Academic Job Market. Are you thinking about a job in academia after graduation or your postdoc appointment? Well this session is for you!

Through our Eyes: The Black Student Experience on Campus

On September 3rd at 5pm, the Black Student Union of Seattle is hosting this panel “Through our Eyes: The Black Student Experience on Campus.” Please join us for this campus-wide discussion about racial-equity and social justice. Register at Since the end of the Spring quarter, Black students at the University of Washington have been engaged in several campus-wide discussions about racial equity and social justice. One of the beautiful things that have emerged from these conversations is increased collaboration within the Black Student community across campus. This moment has confirmed our shared experiences. Many of you have reached out to ask what more you could do. On Thursday, September 3rd at 5 pm, we will be hosting a panel entitled “Through our Eyes: The Black Student Experience on Campus.” Come listen to us as we’d love to chat with you. If you have any questions, feel free to fill out the google form in our linktree ( You can register for this event at

Women in Chemical Sciences becomes InCS!

We think that it might be time to broaden the name of WCS to be inclusive to all forms of diversity in our department. We want to continue supporting the same events, workshops and lectures, just under a broader name to serve a more diverse membership. From now on, Women in Chemical Sciences will be known as Inclusion in Chemical Sciences!

WCS and DICE host summer workshop series on building soft skills for a career in STEM

The Women in Chemical Sciences and Diversity in Clean Energy groups at UW are teaming up to start a career soft-skills workshop series. We are planning three workshops for the summer and plan to continue the series throughout the academic year. The summer workshops will be focused on “LinkedIn profiles/online presence” (June 28th), “Resume building” (July 26th), and “How to network” (August 23rd). Our planned format is a 15-20 minute Q&A with one or more industry experts, followed by an hour for the attendees to practice what they’ve just learned.

WCS annual lecture features ARPA-E’s Jennifer Gerbi

The 4th annual WCS lecture took place on Wednesday, May 2nd. Our speaker was Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, a program director at ARPA-E. Dr. Jennifer Gerbi has been practicing physics and materials science for over 20 years, and has a keen interest in the intersection of high quality science and new business development. Currently serving as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), she manages the DELTA and SHIELD programs, developed the new SENSOR program, and manages additional projects for solar and power electronics. Prior to joining ARPA-E, Gerbi worked at Dow Corning in multiple capacities including portfolio building and new business development. She led teams in areas such as solar, batteries, and silicones for electronics. Prior to Dow Corning, Gerbi served as a Senior Materials Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, focused on rooftop solar shingles. Gerbi served a postdoctoral fellowship at Argonne National Laboratory (vapor phase diamond thin film growth) and as a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Illinois (novel thin film diffusion barriers). Dr. Gerbi holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science (semiconductor focus) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also received an M.S. in Physics from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in Physics from Bard College. WCS members had the chance to sit down for lunch with Dr. Gerbi and discuss her career path.

Upcoming event: FActing Workshop

 Do you want to share the passion you feel for your research in your presentations? In this hands-on workshop, learn how to apply acting skills to your own science communications, to better engage and inform your audiences. Snacks provided. (Feb. 16th, CHB 102, 12-2PM)