Winter Benefit with Astronaut Wendy Lawrence

Thank you Women in Graduate Sciences members and supporters!

On behalf of all of University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences (UOWGS) and the people we service I thank you for your support for our 2018 Winter Benefit. For the past several years UOWGS has been able to grow tremendously, in large part due to those that support us, like you. We are highly motivated to help improve the graduate experience for women in science, inspiring women at all ages to pursue science, and supporting women in their next career steps. We are making those goals a reality through starting new mentorship programs, connecting female scientists across the Pacific Northwest, and constantly working to build a positive community. So once again thank you so much for supporting us this year, and hopefully for years to come. It was an amazing night and if you would like to see all the pictures, please, check out our gallery. Feel free to contact us at anytime for feedback or if you have questions.

More pictures from the event can be found here



Thank you to The Downtown Athletic Club for the awesome venue!

And thank you to all of our local sponsors whose generous donations made our event and silent auction possible!

Officers 2017/2018

2017/2018 Officers

Andrea Steiger — President

Andrea is a fourth-year graduate student in the chemistry department working in the Pluth lab and is in her third year serving on the WGS executive board. Her thesis research focuses on designing controllable hydrogen sulfide donors for studying H2S chemical biology. Outside of lab, she enjoys running, annoying her cat, and drinking coffee





Lisa Enman — Treasurer

Lisa Enman is a fifth year chemistry graduate student in Shannon Boettcher’s lab. Her research is focused on heterogeneous catalysts for the water oxidation reaction, which limits the efficiency of hydrogen production via water electrolysis. When not working in the lab, she enjoys hiking, playing softball, watching football, and thrift shopping.





Michelle Sconce Social Chair

Michelle Sconce is a third year biology graduate student in the Guillemin Lab. Her research focuses on how microbial-secreted biomolecules impact host development, specifically within beta cells. In her free time, she enjoys running, hiking, and watching football.





Danielle Hamann— Seminar Chair

Danielle Hamann is a 3rd year graduate student in the chemistry department working in the Dave Johnson lab. Her research focuses on studying how the nanoarchitecture and constituent layers in heterostructure influence the strucutre and electric properties. This is her first year as a UOWGS board member. In her free time she enjoys running, reading, watching cringe-worthy Hallmark movies or 90’s TV series, and binging the latest Little Mix video.

Kira Egelhofer — Funding Chair

Kira Egelhofer is a third-year graduate student of chemistry and member of the Lonergan Lab. Her research focuses on understanding charge-transport processes at the interface of the solar cell absorber and contact. Kira enjoys being in the outdoors, wine tasting, and annual Harry Potter re-readings.





Lisa EytelOutreach Co-Chair, Vice President

Lisa is a fourth year chemistry graduate student working on a collaborative project between the DWJ and Haley labs. She is investigating cooperativity in supramolecular probes for anion sensing. If you want to start a non-science based conversation with Lisa, ask her about her beloved Seattle Reign FC or USWNT teams. You might find Lisa skating under the name Abby WHAMblock at Emerald City Roller Derby bouts or on the slopes at Willamette Pass as a ski patroller. She prefers conversations over coffee, chocolate, or cider but can also be found chatting on ski lifts in the Cascades during the winter.



Dana Reuter — Outreach Co-Chair

Dana is a 3rd year graduate student working with Dr. Hopkins in the UO Vertebrate Paleontology lab. Her research on mammalian paleoecology focuses on paleo foodweb building, carnivoran tooth morphology, and the evolution of omnivory. When she is not nerding out over geology and ancient mammals she is getting lost in the woods, brewing beer, playing board games, and reading philosophy books.




Amanda Morris — Recorder Chair

Amanda is a fourth year human physiology graduate student working in the Neurophysiology Lab ( Her research focuses on neuromuscular fatigue and aging. In her free time she enjoys mountain biking and hanging out with her dog, Ryder.





Hazel Fargher — Public and Alumni Relations Chair

Hazel is a second year chemistry graduate student working on a joint project in the DWJ and Haley labs. She studies supramolecular forces in molecular probes for the detection of biologically and environmentally relevant anions. Hazel moved to Oregon from New England, and is excited to explore more of the Pacific Northwest. She likes hiking, roller skating, and reading.




Anne Fulton – JUMP Chair

Anne is a second year graduate student in Paul Wallace’s lab in the geology department. She studies the geochemical signatures of large explosive volcanic deposits to better understand how magma behaves in Earth’s crust. In her free time, she loves hiking, hunting for minerals, making jewelry, drinking beer, and snuggling with her cats.







Bri Gordon — Webmaster

Bri is a fifth year chemistry grad student in Geri Richmond’s Lab. Her research focuses on using laser spectroscopy to improve our understanding of the molecular nature of atmospherically important molecules at the air-water interface, as a model for secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. She enjoys reading, drawing, board games, tinkering, playing with lasers, and spoiling her guinea pigs.




Gender Disparity In the Sciences

The College for Arts and Sciences (CAS) Interim Dean Andrew Marcus oversaw the production of this poster, “The Elements of Diversity in the College of Arts and Sciences”, for a 2014 conference sponsored by the UO Division of Equity and Inclusion. Pay particular attention to the gender disparities in subjects in red (natural sciences) and green (social sciences), especially among the faculty. This gives you a taste of why we do what we do.

In 2014, a news article discussed a new study that contributed to the growing body of evidence which indicates that gender bias is a continuing challenge in the sciences. Want to change this? We do too.