Coffee the stimulus in the Science Catalyst Cafe

Monday, June 13, 2016

Student and Prof. networking over coffee.

The world of networking and meaningful conversation gets a little jolt of caffeine today as the Faculty of Science partners with Ten Thousand Coffees and invites all Science students, alumni, faculty and staff to join some of Canada’s top industry professionals in the online UW Catalyst Café.

Through consultation with students and alumni, it was clear that Science needed to find a way to facilitate meetings between these groups to share their expertise, knowledge and career insights,” says Bob Lemieux, Dean of Science, “This platform empowers students and young alumni to reach out to industry professionals and have those mutually beneficial conversations. It’s a great collaboration and we’re very excited to launch UW Catalyst Café in time for Convocation.

Ten Thousand Coffees is the brainchild of UW Science Young Alumni Award recipient, Dave Wilkin, BSc.’11, and has been featured on many business programs.

“The platform itself is very user friendly”, says Science Alumni Advancement Officer Sharon McFarlane. “Individuals accept our invitation with either their Linkedin profile or e-mail and from there can search the database for people they’d like to have conversations with with a wide selection of fields. They schedule a coffee chat and then can either meet in person or online.”

If you’re a science student, alumni, faculty or staff, this invitation is for you!