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Welcome to the official site of the

Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry (MWRDC)!

Mission Statement

The goal of the Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry is the retention of underrepresented groups in chemistry careers and their advancement into leadership roles. We aim to teach graduate and post-doctoral 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 their career paths.

About the Retreat

Last year we organized the first ever Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry hosted at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. This year we will host our second annual retreat at Park University located in Parkville, Missouri. This event was expanded from the Midwest Women Chemists Retreat held in MWCR 2017 and MWCR 2018 to include additional underrepresented groups in Chemistry. We envision building self-selected tracks in the retreat, so that participants can attend sessions that most interest them. Please, explore this website to find details about the location, itinerary, and contributors at the Midwest Retreat for Diversity in Chemistry. Continue to follow this website for the latest updates on this year’s event.


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We thank our sponsors for their continuous support!

2415 Osborn Drive, 1605 Gilman Hall,  Ames, Iowa 50011-1021

May 29 - 31, 2020

Park University

Parkville, MO

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