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Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Chair for Women in Science and Engineering

Tamara websiteThe Atlantic NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering program aims to provide high school girls with role models active in Science and Engineering fields, to enable these girls to “access” these role models through mentorship, webinars, and workshops. Workshops for trainee science student teachers will establish contacts between researchers and engineers and provide these future teachers with additional tools to inspire girls to enter Science and Engineering careers. 

By working with partners such as Eastlink, Techsploration, the Nova Scotia Community Colleges, and the Mount Distance Learning and Continuing Education Department, delivery of webinars and focus groups across the province will be made possible. In addition, role model videos will be created in partnership with Firefly Digital Media Inc. and Techsploration and summer camps will be run with assistance from Nikon Canada Inc. and Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc. and other supporters such as Girl Guides of Canada NS Council.

For more information on the project, click here to visit the Wise Atlantic site


Tamara website 2Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Professor, Biology

Dr. Franz-Odendaal is a developmental biologist and anatomist with expertise in evolutionary –developmental biology. She leads a vibrant and growing research group at the Mount. Her research examines the comparative development of the vertebrate skeleton, with a particular focus on the craniofacial skeleton. Dr. Franz-Odendaal has received numerous awards for her research including the 2015 MSVU Research Excellence Award, and the Young Investigator’s Morphological Sciences Award from the American Association of Anatomists in 2013. You can find out more about her research here.
Dr Tamara Franz-Odendaal, NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering

The NSERC Atlantic Chair for Women in Science and Engineering has been held by Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, a Biology Professor since 2011. The aim of her WISEatlantic program is to inspire more young women to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)-based careers. This is done by giving girls in junior high and high school access to female role models in these fields and by engaging them in a fun, hands-on STEM activities at the Girls Get WISE Science Retreats and Science Camps. WISEatlantic also supports and connects female professionals working in the STEM fields in Atlantic Canada through networking events and professional development workshops. Dr. Franz-Odendaal is frequently invited to provide expert opinion on gender biases within STEM fields, from K-12 education through to industry/academia.

Visit www.WISEatlantic.ca to find out more about the program or follow @WISEatlantic on social media: Instagram,Facebook, Twitter.

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal is also the 2015 Research Excellence Award winner.