Officers and Contact Information

Group Mailing Address and Email Address

Our mailing address is as follows:

University of Oregon Women in Graduate Sciences
Department of Chemistry
1253 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403

Our mailbox is located in the Chemistry Office, on the ground floor of Klamath Hall. If there are other questions, please feel free to contact us at: uowgs@uoregon.edu

Current Officers

Kate Karfilis, UOWGS President
Kate Karfilis Kate is a 4th year grad student in the Institute of Molecular Biology, and a member of the Stankunas Lab. She is working on identifying the molecular targets of a key signaling pathway that plays important roles in blood vessel and heart development. She is also a huge Oregon Ducks football fan, and since coming to Oregon 3 years ago she hasn't missed a game yet! Go Ducks!

Leticia Montoya, UOWGS Treasurer
Leticia Montoya Leticia Montoya is currently a graduate student in Michael Pluth's laboratory, developing bright and selective fluorescent probes for Hydrogen sulfide. She is interested in understanding the important biological applications of hydrogen sulfide as a signaling molecule. In her spare time, she enjoys running, dancing, camping, and supporting the Ducks at football games.

Ruth Siboni, UOWGS Public Relations Chair
Ruth Siboni Ruth Siboni is a fourth year graduate student in the Institute of Molecular Biology and a member of the Berglund lab. She is interested in identifying small molecules that reverse mRNA splicing defects present in myotonic dystrophy. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching movies, reading, and anything cat-related.

Jackie McGrath, UOWGS Outreach Co-Chair
Jackie McGrath Jackie McGrath is in her fourth year in the Chemistry Department. She is a researcher in Mike Pluth's lab and is working on syntheisizng monodentate ligands that can self-assemble through complementary interactions to create modular bidentate ligands for high through put screening. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, reading, and sampling delicious Oregon beers.

Kara Sherman, UOWGS Outreach Co-Chair
Kara Sherman Kara Sherman is a chemistry graduate student in Darren Johnson's lab. She works on functionalized mesoporous materials to remove various contaminates from water. Outside of lab she enjoys camping, hiking, swimming, and daydreaming about when she will finally have enough time for a dog.

Laura McWilliams, UOWGS Recorder Chair
Laura McWilliams Laura McWilliams is a fourth-year chemistry graduate student in the Richmond lab. She shoots laser beams into toxic gas most days but is known to enjoy a garden, a good cup of tea, a hike, and a bike tour when time allows. She is steadily transforming her apartment into a giant succulent terrarium.

Fern Bosada, UOWGS Fundraiser
Fern Bosada Fern Bosada is a fourth year grad student in the Institute of Molecular Biology and member of the Stankunas Lab. She studies how mammalian heart valves develop in the context of cell signals. She spends most of her time with her mice (in any way, shape, or form), lifting heavy things up and putting them down, or enjoying a good beer. Remember kids, big biceps are important but education is "importanter".

Brynn Simek, UOWGS Social Chair
Brynn Simek Brynn Simek is a fifth year graduate student in the Institute of Molecular Biology. She is a member of the Stankunas Lab and the focus of her research project is identifying how the Brg1-associated chromatin remodeling (BAF) complex governs gene expression during mammalian cardiovascular development. Outside of lab, she enjoys playing with her overgrown Shih-Tzu, Harlow and traveling up to Seattle to see her family and friends.

Bylaws

Our bylaws, including a description of the offices and respective responsibilities, can be found here: 2013-14-By-Laws.pdf

2013-14 Officers

Kate Karfilis, UOWGS President

Leticia Montoya, UOWGS Treasurer

Fern Bosada, UOWGS Fundraiser

Jackie McGrath, UOWGS Outreach Co-Chair

Kara Sherman, UOWGS Outreach Co-Chair

Ruth Siboni, UOWGS Public Relations Chair

Brandi Baldock, UOWGS Webmaster

Laura McWilliams, UOWGS Recorder Chair

Brynn Simek, Social Chair

2012-13 Officers

Michelle Watt, UOWGS President

Emma Downs, UOWGS Seminar Chair

Kat McCormick, UOWGS Treasurer

Leticia Montoya, UOWGS Fundraiser

Jackie McGrath, UOWGS Outreach Co-Chair

Kara Sherman, UOWGS Outreach Co-Chair

Sam Sommer, UOWGS Public Relations Chair

Lara Letaw, UOWGS Webmaster

Laura McWilliams, UOWGS Recorder Chair

Kate Karfilis, Social Chair

2011-12 Officers

Chantal Balesdent, UOWGS President

Jennifer Hoy, UOWGS PR Chair

Lara Letaw, UOWGS Webmaster

Michelle Watt, UOWGS Social Chair

Kat McCormick, UOWGS Outreach Chair

Lena Trotochaud, UOWGS Funding Chair

Emma Downs, UOWGS Treasurer

Sarah Brady, UOWGS Seminar Chair

Ellen Robertson, UOWGS Recorder Chair