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Curie Club - Inspiring Women, Supporting Science

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“Marie Curie is the role model for every girl who states a claim to the life of the mind.” - Eve Curie, daughter

A century ago, Marie Curie became the first scientist ever to win 2 Nobel Prizes. Her spectacular scientific career was achieved in spite of the obligations of family, extreme prejudice against women, a relentless search for research funding, and the constant battle for recognition that was her due.

Thousands of women today continue to face similar struggles as young scientists, researchers, professors, and leaders in their fields.

Curie Club was founded by passionate, successful, civic-minded, and intellectually engaged women to help overcome those barriers, support women scientists and encourage more young women to pursue a life of the mind.

Who We Are

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.” - Marie Curie

Young scientists represent the future for breakthroughs in medicine, environment, new materials, and other discoveries critical to addressing our greatest global challenges. Curie Club was founded to help ensure that women are given the opportunity to help shape that future.

Curie Club is made up of individuals committed to the advancement of science and to creating opportunities for women to make an even greater contribution to medicine, scientific research, environmental solutions and entrepreneurial innovation.

Our Mission

In honor of the 100th anniversary of Marie Curie’s selection as the first woman ever to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, leading women founded Curie Club to:

  • Inspire women to pursue careers in science and reach the top of their field.
  • Help women scientists balance the competing challenges of family, the pursuit of scientific discovery, and the battle for research funding.

Tea Time with Women in STEM

2016-2017 Student Discussion Series - Storytelling from Successful Women in STEM

Undergraduate and graduate women are invited to a monthly gathering to hear stories from successful women in STEM. Advice and mentorship served with tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and treats!

Download the event flyer

Room 4429
Thatcher Building for Biological and Biophysical Chemistry

1st or 2nd Wednesday of each month

Questions? Contact Tascha Knowlton at 801-585-7284
September 7
Cynthia Burrows
Distinguished Professor, U of U
Organic & Biochemistry
Brittany Coats
Associate Professor, U of U
Biomechanical Engineering

October 5

Caroline Saouma
Assistant Professor, U of U
Inorganic Chemistry
Brenda Bowen
Associate Professor of Geology, U of U
Director, Global Change & Sustanability Center
November 2
Shelley Minteer
USTAR Professor, U of U
Bioanalytical & Materials Chemistry
Karen Thomas
Pharmacy Clinical Coordinator
University of Utah Health Care
January 11
Jen Heemstra
Associate Professor, U of U
Organic & Biochemistry
Sylvia Torti
Dean of Honors College, U of U
Science & Humanities
February 1
Carrie Kelley
Professor-Lecturer, U of U
AMES Instructor
Mary Ann White
Materials & Process Chief Engineer
Orbital ATK
March 1
Beth Buck-Koehntop
Assistant Professor, U of U
Physical & Biochemistry
Pearl Sandick
Assistant Professor, U of U
Particle Physics & Cosmology
April 5
Luisa Whittaker-Brooks
Assistant Professor, U of U
Inorganic & Materials Chemistry
Alla Borisyuk
Associate Professor of Math, U of U
Computational Neuroscience

Join the Curie Club

All interested parties are welcome to join the Curie Club. A detailed list of membership levels and benefits are located here.

Curie Club meets 4 times/year for stimulating lectures, high tea, and lively debate. High school and college age daughters are also welcome. Please lend your passion, intellect, and caring to this cause. Your involvement and support will help to inspire the next generation of women scientists whose work will shape our future.

Each member of the Club is asked to make an annual tax-deductible contribution of at least $500 to support and sustain the work of women in science. Our initial project will be to establish an interactive learning laboratory dedicated to Marie Curie and women scientists in the new Thatcher Biological and Biophysical Chemistry building. Curie members’ names will be prominently displayed in perpetuity for the thousands of students who must take at least one chemistry course for their degree. In return for your support, you will receive an unparalleled education on a variety of cutting scientific topics by women scientific leaders and pathfinders.

To join, please submit the pledge form to Heather Burkhart.

Benefits to Members

  • Opportunity to contribute to America’s future by inspiring and supporting women in science
  • Meet and associate with outstanding women and introduce your daughters with some of the world’s leading women scientists and professors.
  • Attend intellectually fascinating events and learn through lectures ranging from thechemistry of alternative energy to the chemical basis of aging and disease.

Why It Matters

  • Chemistry is the foundational science upon which discoveries in medicine, pharmacy, energy, clean water, and other vital areas of our well-being depend.
  • Science and technology are the engines of economic growth and national security. To compete globally, the US must harness all of its intellectual talent.
  • Science, especially Chemistry, plays a critical role in the fields that will shape the 21st century (personalized medicine, the search for new energy sources and clean water, and sustainability) and the world our daughters will live in. It is essential that we support women in the making of this new future.
  • 100 years ago Marie Curie became the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry and the first scientist ever to receive two Nobel Prizes. Since then, only 4 other women have received a Nobel Prize in chemistry or physics.

Our Members


Honorable Olene Walker
Norma Matheson
Claudia Skaggs Luttrell, Founding Member


Cynthia Conner
Kathy Thatcher


Cynthia Burrows, PhD,
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry
Shelley Minteer, PhD,
USTAR Professor of Chemistry


Scott Anderson, PhD
Carol C. Browning, PhD
Bethany Buck-Koehntop, PhD and Kevin Koehntop, PhD
Deborah Burney-Sigman, PhD and Matthew Sigman, PhD
Anthony Czarnik, PhD
Margaret M. DeAngelis, PhD and Michael Feehan
Carolyn L. Fey
Mary Lane Grisley
Frances N. Harris, PhD
Jen Heemstra, PhD
Amy M. Herbener, MD
Heidi M. Ingham
Sara Johnson, PhD and Jason Johnson, PhD
Lucinda Kindred
Carol Korzeniewski, PhD
Linda Lee and Craig Lee, DDS, Founding Members
Cynthia Levinthal
Marilyn A. Marquis, PhD
Olena Maydanovych, PhD
Sarah Meehan
Jerry A. Murry
Nalini M. Nadkarni, PhD
Ruth L. Novak, PhD
Kalpana Patel and Dinesh Patel, PhD, Founding Members
Anne Peterson and Peter Peterson
Susan R. Poulter, JD, PhD and C. Dale Poulter, PhD, Founding Members
Rebecca Reese and Don Reese, MD, Founding Members
Jennifer Shumaker-Parry, PhD
Janice R. Ugaki and R. Douglas Greally
Erin L. and Jacob T. Umbriaco
Mary Ann White, PhD and Peter B. Armentrout, PhD
Pearl Wright


Na An
Laurel E. Anderson
Jil Brandol
Dayi Chen
Tilani De Costa
Yun Ding
Kylie and Hadley Eckman
Anne Edwards
Elizabeth Fine
Pranjali Ghude
Sharon Kirk
Sara Koepke
Lindsey Pelster
Elias Sigman
Ruth Sigman
Anna H. Wolna
Fei Wu

Last Updated: 2/7/17