Midwest Women Chemists Retreat

2019 Location To Be Announced!

The 2018 Midwest Women Chemists Retreat was held on July 27th - 29th at Luther College in Decorah, IA. Visit the gallery to see photos from the retreat!

Please check back later for details about the 2019 Retreat.


Welcome to the official site of the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat (MWCR)! The first Midwest Women Chemists Retreat was held in 2017 (Check out the archives for information about MWCR 2017 and MWCR 2018). The MWCR is modeled after the successful Puget Sound Women Chemists Retreat in 2015 and it is organized by a collaborative team of motivated graduate students and postdocs. Please, explore this website to find details about the location, itinerary, and contributors at the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat. Continue to follow this website for the latest updates on this year’s event.

Mission Statement

The goal of the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat is the retention and advancement of women in chemistry careers. We aim to teach graduate and post-doctoral women chemists a positive and proactive approach to their careers. Specifically, we will connect attendees to a close-knit network of colleagues and mentors, teach strategies for career success, and increase awareness about factors that influence women’s career paths. Our long-term goal is to establish an annual event in the Midwest and to establish Iowa State University as a leader in the advancement of women in science.


The registration fee ($100/attendee) will cover registration, rooms, and meals for attendees. It will not provide for travel to the Retreat or personal expenses. All activities at the Retreat, including meals and workshops, are intended to promote and facilitate networking and learning opportunities.

Please register by July 19, 2018.

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”

—Marie Curie (Physicist and Chemist who was awarded the Nobel Prize twice for her work in radioactivity)

Retreat Sponsors

Thank you to our generous sponsors of the 2018 retreat!