NSERC Chairs for Women in Science & Engineering (CWSE)

The network of Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering, are each, accomplished female scientists in their fields.  Collectively, they develop, implement and communicate strategies to raise the level of participation and retention in STEM disciplines, of underrepresented persons across intersectional dimensions (e.g., age, sexual orientation, Indigenous status).

CWSE is a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) initiative, launched in 1989 to respond to a need for greater diversity and inclusion within science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. The competitive CWSE program is regional—with one Chair for each of the Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies and British Columbia/Yukon regions.