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The 2024 Current Research in STEM Conference: 


Conference Overview

The McMaster Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Initiative is pleased to announce our upcoming annual Current Research in Engineering, Science & Technology (CREST) Conference of 2024! This is the first time it will be held in person since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 


The CREST conference is an excellent venue for all students, postdocs, and faculty of all genders to present their research in an interdisciplinary environment, network with local academics, and learn more about research opportunities in academia or industry through a series of professional development workshops, interactive career panels, and social mixers.


The theme of this year’s conference is “Innovation in STEM”, to embrace equity and innovation and showcase the latest research happening in STEM at McMaster and other universities!

Date: TBA for 2024

Time: TBA

Location: TBA

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keynote address



student POSTER & ORAL



Dr. Andrea Hemmerich



We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Andrea Hemmerich as our keynote speaker at this year's conference. With a diverse background spanning design, engineering, health, education, and international development, Dr. Hemmerich is a dynamic force for positive change. As Co-Founder of Up4 The Challenge, a non-profit organization promoting STEM education for social impact, she passionately creates and delivers hands-on programs for youth. Her research spans maternal health, orthopedics, and water system design in Africa and South Asia. With a focus on human-centered design and innovation, Dr. Hemmerich's work aims to create opportunities for social transformation. She is a sessional Faculty Member in the W Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at Queen’s University.  Join us to gain insights from Dr. Andrea Hemmerich's expertise and be inspired to make a difference. Don't miss her captivating keynote address that will ignite your passion for creating meaningful change


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PANEL and Talks

This year's conference will be featuring a panels focusing on EDI 
and career trajectories in science!



Support group


Reflecting on EDI in Research Design



Please join us for a reflective panel considering how elements of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) should be considered in research design. To build off other informative workshops within our CREST conference, we will touch on themes focusing on how to make research in STEM more accessible and inclusive within this panel. Through moderated and open-audience discussions, our invited panellists will offer their insights on the topic aiding others to reflect on how to consider EDI within STEM research.  


The Myth of a Linear Trajectory 

in collaboration with AISEC

Join us to to learn about the importance of international collaboration in research in this collaborative event with WISE & AIESEC! This talk will be hosted by Dr. Caitlin Mullarkey who received her doctorate from the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. She subsequently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in viral immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (New York City). She is an expert in infectious disease and vaccine development, as well as a passionate educator at McMaster University. 



Postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students: submit your abstracts to present!

We welcome all stages of research, whether you have data collected or an experiment in progress. CREST is your opportunity to practice your presentation skills. get feedback from other students in a variety of STEM fields, and have fun talking about your research! Submit new data, a proposed experiment, a new methodology, anything you want! 

This year's presentation style will be:

Oral: 10-minute practice-your-pitch style talk

(7-minute talk, followed by a 3-minute Q&A period)

Poster Presentations

research bytes

Click HERE for view previously submitted abstracts.


CREST will have plenty of virtual networking opportunities so that you can meet and get to know the incredible attendees, panelists, workshop leaders, and keynote!

Whether you'd like to learn more about a profession, find a mentor, or make some new friendships, CREST is a great place to strike up meaningful conversations!


Check out some photos from past CREST conference!

2023 CREST Schedule

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