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Co-Communications Executive (Volunteer Position)


The main objective to develop and support consistent branding of the organization. The results produced by the communications leads are generally the first point of contact and possibly the only point of contact for the public as well as potential volunteers, sponsors and members. As a result, this role plays a crucial role in the reputation and public opinion of the AWSN.

Time Requirement: 4 hrs/week

Overseeing Committees:

  • Web Design
  • Newsletter
  • Marketing
    • Social Media
    • Creative Content/copywriter
    • Graphic Design
    • Public Relations/coordinator

Responsibilities, Tasks, Activities include:

Operation Minerva Makes UToday

Operation Minerva at UCalgary's Human Performance Lab

Read the whole story at May 11, 2017 UToday.  Be sure to click through all the pictures posted to see what this group of lucky girls got to do for their Operation Minerva job shadowing aventure. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Every successful company has a story. Learn about how four Edmonton companies got their start at this interactive panel discussion from the AWSN Speaker Series on March 7!


Thank you to all of our AWSN Speaker Series sponsors - especially #Dynalife #EthosEngineering #TECEdmonton #MorrisonHershfield #KubyRenewableEnergy #eHUB and #AWE!


Tickets still available:  

#AWSNideas #yegbiz #entrepreneurs

Remembering the Montreal Massacre

On December 6, the National Day of Remembrance for the Ecole Polytechnique massacre, a commemorative vigil was organized at the legislative building in Edmonton, AB.


AWSN participated in this event.


Stephanie McLean and Shagufta Tasneem, AWSN Secretary


Calgary Tower Proudly Purple.

October 12, 2016 turned out perfectly.  The Calgary Tower was Purple for WinSTEM week just as the sun was setting.  

We'd love to say that the flair in this picture is the sun, but it was a more mundane street light, 9th Ave & Centre Steet.  Photos: Wendy Hutchins 


A great group of 22 showed up for hot chocolate, pictures, talk, and viewing the Calgary Tower from our perch at Enmax Park (overlooking Stampede grounds).  It was a bit chilly, so the keyword for posing was "Penguin", getting a big huddle for warmth.  




Book Review: The Only Woman in the Room: Why Science is Still a Boy’s Club

Author: Eileen Pollack

ISBN 978-0-8070-4657-9


Many years after being one of the first two females to obtain a Bachelors degree in Physics at Yale, Eileen Pollack reflects on why she pursued writing instead of graduate school. As Eileen Pollack shares her own personal experiences and reflects on her interactions with other women in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), it is evident that only the women “who don’t give a crap” about societal norms and expectations succeed in a culture that discourages them from a very young age.


Press Release

October 3, 2016


Rosalind Franklin, Nettie Stevens, Fanny Hesse, Chien Shiung Wu and many other historical women made monumental scientific discoveries, yet others received the accolades.  Today, women remain underrepresented in the fields of science, technology, engineering & mathematics (STEM) regardless of many efforts to change this.                                                                                                                                  

AWSN (Alberta Women’s Science Network) is proud to announce our inaugural Women in STEM Week, October 11-15, 2016, celebrating the STEM women of yesterday, today and tomorrow.  WinSTEM Week is an opportunity to bring awareness to many of the issues women face in STEM including:


Edmonton High Level Bridge celebrates WinSTEM Week Oct 13, 2016

You will need to find a great view of the High Level Bridge in Edmonton Oct 13, 2016 as it will be lit in Purple for AWSN and our first WinSTEM Week from dusk to midnight.  We invite all AWSN members and supporters to gather after the WISER Industry Mixer to view the bridge.  Either join us at 8pm at the University of Alberta, ETLC Solarium (Industry Mixer Venue) for a short walk to the bridge or join us at the south side of the bridge (109th Street and Saskatchewan Drive) at ~8:20pm!  


The public is welcome - come and join the celebration!!