Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE)

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), in partnership with industrial and academic sponsors, supports a regional program of Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering. The key goals of the program are to increase the participation of women in science and engineering and provide role models for women considering careers in these fields. This program was launched in 1996 with the following objectives:
 

  • Develop, implement, and communicate strategies to raise the level of participation of women in science and engineering as students and as professionals, specifically to:
     
    • encourage female students in elementary and secondary schools to consider careers in science and engineering;
    • increase the enrolment of women in undergraduate and graduate programs in science and engineering in all Canadian universities and colleges;
      o increase the profile and retention rate of women in science and engineering positions;
    • to eliminate barriers for women who wish to pursue careers in science and engineering; and
    • promote the integration of female students and professionals both within and outside academia.
  • Provide female role models who are accomplished, successful, and recognized researchers in science and engineering. 
  • Develop and implement a communication and networking strategy to ensure a regional and national impact on opportunities for women in science and engineering.

Visit the CWSE Ontario Region website for more information.

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