Amrita Bhattacharyya, a biogeochemist and second-year postdoctoral fellow at Berkeley Lab’s Environmental & Earth Sciences Area, has been named co-chair of the Lab’s Women Scientists & Engineers Council (WSEC) Networking Subcommittee.
As a subcommittee co-chair, Bhattacharyya will help WSEC in its efforts to address issues affecting the careers of women scientists and engineers. A part of the Lab’s Diversity & Inclusion Office, WSEC organizes trainings, hosts networking events, and provides additional leadership opportunities for women at the Lab. It also develops strategies for recruitment, retention, and work-life balance.
Bhattacharyya is passionate about increasing the numbers of women in science and engineering, and has mentored undergraduate students at the Lab. In the coming year, she hopes to expand WSEC’s outreach efforts to high school students even further.
“It’s really important that we reach them at a young age,” Bhattacharyya said. “Women are told too often not to pursue science, and we need to change that mindset.”