NSERC CWSE Chair Program:

The Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) is a program launched in 1996 by NSERC, in response to a need for greater diversity and inclusion within the sciences and engineering. The program's goal is to increase the level of participation of women in these fields. Five regional Chair positions are held at universities across Canada.

Biography of the NSERC CWSE-Prairies Chair:

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is a professor in the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba and the Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. Her Chair program focuses on three key areas:

  1. Encourage girls to consider careers in science and engineering professions through outreach and public advocacy with an emphasis on helping Indigenous girls in the Prairies learn about university programs involving science and engineering research.
  2. Celebrate women role models in science and engineering professions and enable female students to access them through a Prairie-wide research scholarship program, as well as mentorship programs.
  3. Examine the workplace environment of academics in science and engineering, and collaborate with five research-intensive universities in the Prairies to deliver strategic mechanisms to support women academics, for example, by offering professional development opportunities.


Dr. Farenhorst’s research program focuses on pesticides, natural steroid estrogens and antibiotics in soil and water, and on drinking water quality in First Nations communities. Dr. Farenhorst is the Canadian representative on the Division VI Chemistry and the Environment Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B: Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes. Dr. Farenhorst has earned a range of teaching, research and outreach awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for leadership in pesticide research, and she was named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner.

Publications in 2016-2018

Munira S., Farenhorst A., Akinremi W. (2017). Glyphosate and phosphate sorption in soils following long term phosphate applications.Geoderma. 313:146-153. FULL PUBLICATION

Farenhorst, A, Li, R, Jahan M, Tun H.M, Mi, R., Amarakoon I, Kumar, A, Khafipour, E. (2017). Bacteria in drinking water sources of a First Nation reserve in Canada. Science of the Total Environment. 575(1): 813–819. FULL PUBLICATION

Farenhorst, A., Amarakoon, I., Andronak, L. (2017). 17β-Estradiol mineralization under field and laboratory incubations. incubations.Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 52(8): 564-569. ABSTRACT

Sirajum, M., Farenhorst, A. (2017). Sorption and desorption of glyphosate, MCPA and tetracycline and their mixtures in soil as influenced by phosphate. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B, Published online: 29 Sep 2017. FULL PUBLICATION

Li, R. , Tun, H., Jahan, M., Zhang, Z., Kumar, A., Farenhorst A Khafipout E. (2017). Comparison of DNA-, PMA-, and RNA-based 16S rRNA Illumina sequencing for detection of live bacteria in water. Scientific Reports [DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-02516-3]. 7: 5752. FULL PUBLICATION

Zheng, T., Sutton, N., de Jager, P., Grosshans, R., Munira S, Farenhorst A. (2017). Glyphosate absorption byshoots and rhizomes of native versus hybrid cattail (Typha). Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology. Accepted ABSTRACT

Farenhorst, A., Li, R., Jahan, M., Tun, H.M., Mi, R., Amarakoon, I., Kumar, A., Khafipour, E. (2016). Bacteria in drinking water sources of a First Nation reserve in Canada. Science of the Total Environment. 575:813-819. FULL PUBLICATION

Singh, B., Farenhorst, A., McQueen, D. A. R., Malley, D.F. (2016). Near-Infrared spectroscopy as a tool for generating sorption input parameters for pesticide fate modeling. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 80:604-612. ABSTRACT

Amarakoon, I., Farenhorst, A., Rose, K., Claeys, A., Ascef, B. (2016). 17 β-Estradiol mineralization in human waste products and soil in the presence and the absence of antimicrobials. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B. 51(10): 655-660. FULL PUBLICATION

Fernando, D.M., Tun, H.M., Poole, J., Patidar, R., LI, R., MI, R., Amarawansha, G.E.A., Fernando, W.G.D., Khafipour, E., Farenhorst, A. , Kumar, A. (2016). Detection of antibiotic resistance genes in source and drinking water samples from a First Nation Community in Canada. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 82(15): 4767-4775 FULL PUBLICATION

Munira, S., Farenhorst, A. , Flaten, D., Grant, C. (2016). Phosphate fertilizer impacts of glyphosate sorption by soil. Chemosphere. 153: 471-477. FULL PUBLICATION

Gagnon, P., Sheedy, C., Farenhorst, A., Cessna, A.J., Newlands, N.K., and McQueen, D.A.R. (2016). Chapter 14. Pesticides, Pages 153-­‐165 in R.L. Clearwater, T. Martin and T. Hoppe (eds.) 2016. Environmental Sustainability of Canadian Agriculture: Agri-­‐environmental indicator report series -­‐ Report #4. Ottawa, Ontario: Agriculture and Agri-­‐Food Canada.. PDF of PUBLICATION