WOMEN IN STEM
Veriphy believes the world needs more Women in STEM!
As a women founded and led company we are committed to promoting, advocating for and encouraging the contributions of Women in the STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Women are still vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, and we want to change that!
- Only 13.7% of civil, mechanical, electrical, and chemical engineers are women.
- Only 23.1% of computer and information systems professionals are women.
“Women are always less likely to choose a STEM program, regardless of mathematical ability.” – Statistics Canada
Women in STEM are doing amazing things. Read their stories:
Tanya Kizovski, M.Sc., Ph.D. Candidate
"As a Graduate Student/Research Assistant at the University of Toronto, my work includes completing detailed petrographic and geochemical investigations of rare Martian meteorites. I am specifically interested in the "shocking" effects that impacts can have on the isotopic and chemical compositions of phosphate minerals in Martian meteorites. Phosphates have been studied extensively as reservoirs of water and geochronometers, but they are also thought to be the main source of bio-essential phosphorous for potential life on Mars. The goal of my project is to establish a correlation between the microstructure state of phosphates and their chemical and isotopic compositions; allowing for more accurate predictions of phosphorous bio-availability, water content, water origin, and age determinations in Martian rocks.
Before coming back to school in 2016 I was originally trained as a geological engineer (I received my BScEng from Queen's University in 2013) and worked as an environmental engineer for over 3 years. When I cam back to school for my MSc I was given the opportunity to analyze and characterize the petrogenesis of a rare Martian meteorite, gaining new insights into magmatism on Mars. From there I caught the "research bug" and am now continuing my research on Martian meteorites in my PhD. I am also passionate about science communication and outreach and have been a speaker and organizer of several science outreach events tailored to the general public."
Dr. Leila Jowkarderis
"I am a Process Engineer at Mirexus Biotechnologies Inc. I have been in charge of designing and commissioning the company's first proprietary production plant. I have also developed and scaled up several processes from bench scale to manufacturing, for increasing the product quality and for chemical modifications. I graduated with a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University about three years ago. My experimental and computational research resulted in several publications and international conference presentation. I won several awards during my studies at McGill; My last project on mesh size analysis of nano-cellulose hydrogels brought me the honour of delegating the Canadian students at Marcus Wallenberg Prize ceremony in Stockholm, in the presence of the Swedish royals. I accomplished my Master and Bachelor programs in Chemical Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology, focusing on process design, separation, and transport phenomena in the oil industry.
I am an avid traveler and take any opportunity to visit a new part of the world and make myself familiar with the local culture, language, art, and architecture. Acrylic and pastel painting are my favourite hobbies. I am also a nature lover and do many outdoors actives such as camping and canoeing as well as skiing and skating. I do volunteering work as often as the time allows, supporting causes such as education, environment and community wellness."
The Veriphy Skincare Award for Women in STEM
Veriphy’s commitment to Women in STEM includes the establishment of a scholarship at the University of Guelph, where PhytoSpherix® was discovered. The scholarship is awarded each fall to a young woman entering a STEM program.