PhD Candidate, University of Ottawa, Canada.
Anita Melnyk is a doctoral candidate in Biology at the University of Ottawa. Her research uses microbial selection experiments to study the evolution of antibiotic resistance. Anita currently holds an NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship. She has been one of the lead organizers of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution's "Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (SWEEET)" for the past three years, and has also been involved with the Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE), a group of associations that represents the Canadian science and engineering community to the Government of Canada.
Ms. Melnyk addressed the transition from graduate school to a career, drawing from her own experiences and those of other young female scientists whom participated in the Symposium for Women Entering Ecology and Evolution Today (2012, 2013). She gave a presentation entitled "Woman on the verge: transitioning from graduate school to the 'real world'" in the Empowering Voices of Early-Career Scientists session at the Gender Summit 3 North America 2013.