WiSER hosts events every month throughout September to May to keep our community engaged with the current topics in STEM-related careers. Visit our eventbrite page to view a list of our past events.
Co-organized with UA-WiSE, the UA-WiSE/WiSER Mentorship Program was launched in September 2015 to help mentees build an grow career in STEM-related fields. The program is eight months long and runs from September/October to March on a yearly basis. The program’s trio structure means that each mentor-mentee group consists of an undergraduate student, a graduate student or an early-career professional, and an experienced professional. The graduate student/early-career professional mentored by the experienced professional is in turn mentoring the undergraduate student.
Industry mixers bring together undergraduate students, graduate students, and early-career professionals in STEM-related fields to speak with industry professionals and learn about the landscape of a variety of industries. On average, over 150 participates and over 15 companies from Alberta attend the industry mixer every year. This event is a great opportunity for individuals to expand network and foster professional connections.
Similar idea to a pub crawl, WiSER takes participants who are thirsty for knowledge through the offices of different STEM-related companies at Edmonton Research Park. Attendees can discover new potential paths and cool current projects in the local STEM industry. Past participating companies include Advanced Technology Centre, ALS Environmental, Syncrude, InnoTech Alberta, C-FER Technologies, Micralyne, Alberta Centre for Advanced MNT Products, and Quantium Technologies.
Workshops and seminars
WiSER presents several workshops throughout the year to help individuals with personal and professional development. The length of the workshops vary from two hours to a full day. Some of our past topics of workshops include:
- Communication Style and Personality Assessment
- Negotiating for Success
- Leadership and Entrepreneurship
- Human Rights and Gender Discrimination
- Project Management
- Resume and Interview Skills
- Work-life Balance
- Networking Strategies
- Workplace Etiquette and Culture
Panel discussions are aimed to address certain topics. We ensure that the discussions to be informative, interactive, and thought-provoking. Some topics from past discussions include:
- Learn from HR Managers
- Career Panel
- Managing Transition
- Gender diversity in the workplace
- Mental Health Awareness
This family-friendly event is a retreat for the whole community in the summer. We prepare food, beverages, and games for everyone. The theme of the BBQ has been work-life balance, emphasizing the importance of well-roundedness throughout one’s career.