Making an Impact

For 50 years, AWIS has provided scholarships, programs, and advocacy
to help advance women in science. Below are some recent initiatives.

Helping more scientists

AWIS has made tremendous strides toward gender equity, but there is still work to do! We will continue to advocate for safe and welcoming workplaces with equitable hiring, pay and advancement. We appreciate the engagement of our members, chapter leaders, board members, volunteers, partners, and donors whose support makes all the difference. THANK YOU!

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50th Anniversary Celebration

Dr. Marie A. Bernard, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the National Institutes of Health, spoke at our 50th anniversary event about the need for diversity in the scientific enterprise. Unfortunately, women scientists continue to face disproportionate barriers to success -- making AWIS' mission still very relevant today. AWIS reaffirmed our commitment to championing women in science, breaking down the barriers, and building safe, inclusive and equitable workplaces. Watch this video summarizing the highlights of our 50-year history.

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Simpler, Equitable Dues Structure

AWIS reduced the membership options from six levels to three. More importantly, we added discounted student and early career dues levels to support women in the earliest stages of their scientific careers when AWIS programs and community can provide crucial support. Chapter dues are now included in the national membership -- reducing the overall dues for most members and streamlining administration. AWIS also modernized our database to enhance the member experience with a cleaner user-interface and new features like an automatic membership renewal option.

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New Career Resources

The AWIS Career Center offers thousands of jobs as well as a complimentary resume review service. This year, we added an internship option to connect students with employers and a career insights feature. This tool provides jobseekers with additional details on a variety of STEM roles such as the expected wages, the skills and knowledge required, and the demand in that field. This information will help women find the role best suited to their interests and ensure they are prepared during an interview. Save the date for our next virtual career fair which will be February 10, 2022.

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Leadership Opportunities

AWIS members gain valuable experience thorough volunteer leadership positions. Each chapter offers 5-15 board positions including President, Secretary, Treasurer, and various committee heads. The Chapter Advisory Committee recently named four new members to its ranks, and three members are slated to join the AWIS national governing board in January.

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Four Scholarships Awarded

AWIS has awarded over 30 scholarships in the last decade! This year, AWIS awarded the inaugural Distinguished Doctoral Research Scholarship, two Scholarships for Career Re-entry, and the Kristen Lorentzen award. Volunteer opportunities exist for members to serve on our scholarship committee. Our 2022 scholarship cycle opens December 10, 2021 and runs through February 28, 2022. Read more.

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Advocacy and Professional Development

AWIS members enjoyed a variety of engaging webinars. To highlight a few: Minda Harts kicked off the year with insights from her book The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table. We held a private screening of the Coded Bias documentary and discussed the dangers of bias in artificial intelligence and algorithms. We also advocated for patent equity, disabled women in STEM, and Mothers In Science - and provided training on networking, resilience, and leadership skills.

Database of Historical Women

AWIS created a database of pioneering women in science to increase the visibility of their many contributions. Many of these bold and brilliant women battled severe gender bias. This database aims to honor their perseverance, recognize their achievements, and inspire future STEM professionals. The database can be sorted by ethnicity or field of study to make it easy for users to find their perfect role model. Contact us with additional women to add.

New Online Content Hub

AWIS developed a new central repository for online content dubbed "The Nucleus." This website brings together all AWIS articles, blog posts, press releases, webinars, videos, and newsletters into one place. It also includes guest blogs and content curated from other sources. The Nucleus will make it easier to search for information using filters such as topic, type of content, region, author, or date range. Items can be bookmarked and saved for later or easily shared electronically.

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AWIS News Brief

We know how important it is to have direct access to the latest information, trends, and developments. Therefore we changed the monthly Washington Wire news digest to a weekly in-depth news brief. We also renamed it the AWIS News Brief to reinforce our brand. Anyone can subscribe.