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About Us

Our Mission

Laurier's Centre for Women in Science (WinS) aims to build an inclusive community for women in science through research, communication and action.

Our Motto

At WinS, our motto is E²C: Explore, Engage, Connect.

  • Explore: Support and facilitate research by women and about women in science and mathematical social sciences.
  • Engage: Develop and implement evidence-based strategies and trigger new conversations to promote equity, diversity and inclusion in science.
  • Connect: Build strong networks and unique partnerships with academia, industry and government that promote and publicize inclusive science in the community.

Our Goals

  • To attract women into science and mathematical/quantitative fields.
  • To support and celebrate women’s contributions to science and mathematical social sciences.
  • To address challenges women still face in higher education and careers in science.

Why is this Important?

Achieving gender equity will:

  • Strengthen science and technology research in Canada.
  • Potentially double the highly skilled workforce in science and technology in Canada.
  • Increase the number of female leaders and role models in academia, government and industry.

The Team


Shohini Ghose is a professor of Physics and Computer Science at Wilfrid Laurier University and the founding director of Laurier's Centre for Women in Science. Ghose is an affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Sciences and the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo.

Student Executive Committee Chair and Research Coordinator

Eden Hennessey

Eden Hennessey, who is completing her PhD in the faculty of Psychology, is focusing her dissertation work on how confronting sexism in STEM, science, technology, engineering and mathematics goes to affects these women in the STEM fields. Using this, she has gone on to create two photo exhibits to depict this data. In partnership with WinS, she has gone to display her exhibit in places like the Perimeter Institute, Communitech, and Laurentian SETEC. Eden has also been the Committee Chair for WinS the past four years.

Kayla Samms

Kayla Samms is going into her fourth year as a biology and chemistry double major. This past year she has been a general member with WinS, and is stepping up to help run all things social media, including our Facebook page and Twitter account.

Robert Chalkley

Robert Chalkley is a recent Laurier graduate. He has just finished his Psychology degree with a research specialist stream. He is currently working in the social work field, following his passion. He has been working with WinS over the past few years, and will continue to support WinS, and help to connect WinS to the Kitchener-Waterloo community.

Alyssa Garrison

Alyssa Garrison is a fourth-year Biochemistry and Biotechnology student at Laurier. She joined WinS as a general member two years ago, and this past year has been the volunteer and personnel coordinator. She has been an active member helping to lead lively discussions about current events, and making sure events run smoothly. In her spare time, she hangs out with friends, studies, and supports first year students as a residence life don.

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee helps to evaluate funding applications and connections to sponsors.

Debbie Chaves
Science Librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

Allison McDonald
Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Cristina Stoica
Mathematics, Wilfrid Laurier University

Colleen Willard-Holt
Education, Wilfrid Laurier University