Celebrating International Day of Women and Girls in Science 2024

February 07, 2024

Department of Biological Sciences

February 11 is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! According to the United Nations website, in 2015, the "UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities." 

The Biological Sciences Outreach and Engagement Committee is celebrating the day by showcasing the work of women practicing science in our department. Below is a sampling. It's clear we have (and have had) many gifted women in the department - alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty members, and staff - performing ground-breaking science, and doing a fabulous job of documenting their work! Thanks to all who sent in their photos.

Kudos to the women in our department!!

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"I am in my 4th year and looking forward to working in the field of Conservation Biology, particularly within the context and intersection of the extraction industry and Indigenous land management. I want to see industry, academia, government and Indigenous communities work together for the preservation of northern ecosystems."
"I am a new Assistant Professor in the Biological Sciences department and I study the ecology and ecotoxicology of marine mammals and fish, such as killer whales, beluga whales, ringed seals, Arctic char, and Pacific salmonids. My research focuses largely on understanding the influence of habitat use and feeding ecology on contaminant exposure, accumulation, and health effects in a changing marine environment."
Rachel Wong and Sauleha Yaqub checking if the graduated cylinder is ready for graduation.
Rachel Wong, Claire Gooding and Sauleha Yaqub showing off their favourite laboratory equipment from the Gries Lab at SFU!
"Hello there! I'm a fourth-year biological sciences major, diving deep into the cells, molecules, and physiology stream. My academic journey has led me to a profound interest in genetics and biotechnology. I’ve completed two co-op terms at the Obesity Medicine and Diabetes Institute in Coquitlam. Although currently am actively involved in the Mattsson lab, where I aim to work to improve the transformation efficiency in plants."
"My name is Mackenzie Sturn and I am a fifth year Biological Sciences student in the Cells, Molecules, and Physiology stream. I am currently working as a Research Assistant at the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank. At the BioBank, I consent patients, process biological samples, and store samples for future use in medical research. I am so fortunate to learn from and work with so many amazing Women in Science!"
Kei and Julie retrieving data from temperature loggers in and around Merritt, BC.
Phoebe and Emma seining for juvenile salmon in an estuary on Vancouver Island.
Marta and Julie IDing and measuring juvenile salmon.
Marta and Julie IDing and measuring juvenile salmon.