NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Kateryn Rochon

" Do it. Be confident, and step forward. All fields need good people "

Associate Professor, Entomology

University of Manitoba

What is your job and what most excites you about what you do?

I am a university professor, and my field of expertise is entomology (insects), more specifically veterinary entomology (insects that affect animals). I'm excited about what I do because I get to share my passion for insects through teaching, and I get to contribute to knowledge in my field through research. It's the best of both worlds, really (when everything works.)

How diverse is your workplace, or your field of work as a whole? What do you think should be done to support greater diversity and create more inclusive practices in your workplace and in the Agriculture field?

While there are many female students in entomology, there are few female professionals, especially in academia. In my specialty of veterinary entomology, this is especially true. I was at a meeting this summer, and I was speaking with the audio-visual technician (a woman) before moderating a session, and he asked me: "So, why are there so few women here?"

What advice would you give to young women interested in a career in your field?

Do it. Be confident, and step forward. All fields need good people, so choose where you want to contribute and go full steam ahead.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I enjoy cooking (but I don't bake much), and I like to crochet (but I rarely have time to do it anymore). According to my phone's photo library, I also take many pictures of my cat, Kricket.

What are you most hoping you will learn from your mentee? What learning goals do you have for this experience?

I don't know what to expect. Relationships are all unique, and I hope I can build something meaningful with my mentee so we can both keep learning once the program has ended.