AWIS Announces New Partnership Agreement with Michigan State University

Aug 25, 2022Press Release


Shelley O’Brien

AWIS Announces New Partnership Agreement with Michigan State University

WASHINGTON DC, August 25, 2022 – The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Michigan State University (MSU), one of the world’s leading research universities and the first land grant university in the U.S.

“AWIS’ mission aligns with MSU’s mission to push the boundaries of discovery, expand opportunity and advance equity to make a better, safer, healthier world for all,” said MSU Provost Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D. “It also aligns with many of the goals of our university-wide strategic plan and academic strategic plan. With our shared commitments to promoting equity and inclusion, mentoring, and leadership opportunities for women in science, I am confident that MSU’s community of scholars will benefit from the broad range of resources and programming that AWIS brings to this partnership.”

AWIS CEO, Meredith Gibson agreed, “AWIS is pleased to welcome MSU – with its strong roots in agriculture and applied science – to our community. AWIS’ professional development programs, network, and scholarship opportunities will enhance the academic and career trajectories of MSU students and faculty. We look forward to collaborating with them to advance women in science.”

An indication of MSU’s excellence and impact in science is its selection by the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science to design and establish the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams — the preeminent user facility of its type in the world. Opening in 2022, the facility will provide research opportunities for scientists from around the globe, fueling breakthrough applications while developing the next generation of scientific leaders.

The AWIS-MSU partnership was facilitated by Dr. Stephanie Watts, an MSU Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology and long-time AWIS member. “AWIS has been a part of my professional life on and off for decades,” Dr. Watts shared. “In the last few years, AWIS has increased its webinars, communications, and opportunities to help women in science be more connected. I knew MSU could benefit from this. Women make up nearly 52% of MSU’s undergraduates, 57% of graduates, 47% of Faculty and 61% of support staff. That totals over 20,000 women — many of whom are in the sciences – who could benefit from the networking and resources of an organization focused on advancing women scientists.”

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About MSU: One of the world’s leading research universities and a member of the Association of American Universities, MSU offers nationally ranked and recognized academic, undergraduate research, residential college and service-learning programs and is a leader in study abroad among public universities. With a diverse and inclusive academic community, MSU enrolls nearly 50,000 students from all 50 states and more than 120 countries, employs nearly 2,000 tenure-system faculty members, and offers more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

About AWIS: Founded in 1971, AWIS has been the leading advocate for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to achieve business growth, social change, and innovation. We are dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. In addition to scholarships, AWIS provides career resources, professional development, as well as networking, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities to build leadership skills. To learn more, visit and @AWISNational.


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