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Welcome to the central repository for AWIS articles, blogs, press releases, webinars, videos, and newsletters as well as curated content for women in science and STEM.

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Michele Sample
February 1, 2023
Michele Sample is a trained clinical operations expert with over 25 years of clinical trial experience. She joined AstraZeneca in 2020 as the Vice President of Late Development Clinical Operations and leads the global team of Clinical Operations experts to execute the Oncology portfolio.
Lessons from Plants: Insights for Thriving
January 26, 2023
Plants experience a kind of sensation that does not require eyes or ears. Dr. Beronda Montgomery discusses how plant behavior and adaptation in dynamic environments, as well as the relationships that humans have with plants, can offer valuable and disruptive insights for human thriving.
4 Tips to Make Re-Entering the STEM Workforce Easier
January 26, 2023
Women take a break from the workforce for lots of reasons—parenting, caregiving, burnout recovery, relocation, etc. Sometimes the break is planned, and sometimes it isn’t. Either way, when it’s time to re-enter, you can feel some trepidation
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Global Call to Action for others in STEMM
January 25, 2023
We represent a global movement for mothers in science led by Mothers in Science (MiS). We are a coalition of individuals and organizations from all around the world with a common goal: to demand our leaders for immediate action to support mothers in science and enact policies to eliminate systemic inequities and increase retention of women in the STEMM sector.
Don't Waste Another Job Application: Fix Your Resume
January 18, 2023
Typos and grammatical errors are common mistakes job seekers make, but the margin for error isn't limited to those two things. Check out the FREE resume review service through the AWIS Career Center.
Helen Greenwood Hansma, PhD
January 18, 2023
Helen Greenwood Hansma, PhD, has been published over 100 times and has taught physics and biology.
New Year, New Possibilities
January 13, 2023
What goals do you want to accomplish this year? The main benefit of a professional organization like AWIS is that it can help you achieve your professional goals!
How to Navigate the Switch from Academia to Industry
January 6, 2023
If you are contemplating a career change from academia to industry, consider these tips from Dr. Georgina Salazar to help guide your decision.
Productivity Tips
December 28, 2022
Being productive is subjective - what is defined as being productive for one person is being unproductive for another. Reach success with these tips that will aid your mental, physical, and professional development in 2023!
Constance Jeffery, PhD
December 20, 2022
Connie Jeffery received her B.S. at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and PhD in biochemistry at the University of California Berkeley. After learning X-ray crystallography as a postdoctoral researcher at Brandeis University, she started her lab at the University of Illinois Chicago.
How My Journey in Science Led Me to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work
December 15, 2022
As Dr. Rachel Roper's professional career advanced, so were her efforts to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion at East Carolina University in the Brody School of Medicine.
Deblina Sarkar, PhD
December 14, 2022
Dr. Deblina Sarkar is an assistant professor at MIT and fuses engineering, applied physics, and biology to develop disruptive technologies for nanoelectronic devices and create new paradigms for life-machine symbiosis.
AWIS Announces 2023 Scholarship Cycle is Open
December 9, 2022
The 2023 application window for AWIS scholarships is now open, with submissions due by February 28, 2023.
Calculating a Path to NetZero
December 9, 2022
As we mark the anniversary of the Paris Climate Agreement, adopted on December 12, 2015, it is clear that carbon dioxide removal (CDR) will play a key role in meeting the target of net-zero emissions by 2050. Meet four women leaders who are using trees for CDR solutions — in forestry, carbon forest modeling, urban forestry, and agroforestry.
Excellent Public Speaking for Scientists
December 8, 2022
Public speaking skills are developed over time with practice and experience. Dr. Joanne Kamens offers fundamentals for preparing and delivering a public talk that will keep the audience awake and interested.
Kelsey Huntington
December 7, 2022
Kelsey E. Huntington is an NIH NCI F31 Predoctoral Fellow and a PhD Candidate in Pathobiology with a focus on cancer immunology at Brown University.
Leaning into Career Twists and Turns: How a Nerdy Academic Became a Leader in the Cannabis Industry
December 5, 2022
Dr. Tess Eidem shares her transition from a 30-year academic environment to an entrepreneurial career working with cannabis.
Persistence Pays Off: A Computer Scientist’s Journey
November 28, 2022
Dr. Obianuju Okafor shares the path of discovering her passion for computer science and the importance of diversity in technology.
Advocacy Update
November 21, 2022
AWIS CEO Meredith Gibson shares recent advocacy efforts that help push the AWIS mission further and new focus areas recommended by members.
Lamiaa El Fassi, PhD
November 17, 2022
Meet Dr. Lamiaa El Fassi, an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics & Astronomy at Mississippi State University.
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How to do the Work You Love Without Burning Out
November 16, 2022
We are experiencing unprecedented levels of stress, exhaustion, and burnout. And we've all bought into the story that we need to choose between meaningful success and well-being. Nataly Kogan talks about changing this mindset and recognizing that cultivating our well-being is not a soft skill – it's non-negotiable if we want to sustainably do the work we love.
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Four Entrepreneurs, Four Journeys
November 15, 2022
Entrepreneurs and AWIS members Dr. Mary Noe, Dr. Meike Herget, Dr. Amanda Schalk, and Karene Richards-Wise, CFA, IFBB Pro, discuss their successful businesses.
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Research Integrity and Ethics
November 9, 2022
Some individual scientists have dedicated themselves to improving the integrity of science. Dr. Laura Szkolar-Sienkiewicz spoke with Dr. Amy Kullas, Director for Ethics and IDEAA, about her career and to get her thoughts on how to improve research integrity and ethical conduct.
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Visual representation of women is critical to changing biases
November 8, 2022
A new paper and several initiatives demonstrate how challenging stereotypes of women in science—on social media, as life-size statues, through portraits and other media— is critical to achieving gender equity in STEM.
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The Dobbs Decision will make science less diverse
November 3, 2022
Dr. Mauna Dasari explores how the lack of reproductive health care can create an additional barrier for women who are pursuing scientific careers.
Meet Mental Health Advocate Dr. Zoë Ayres
November 2, 2022
Dr. Zoë Ayres advocates for improved mental health awareness and support in academia and beyond, as well as greater representation and inclusivity within STEM, alongside her day job as a research scientist.
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Behnaz Akbari
October 28, 2022
Behnaz Akbari is a chemist with a passion for improving healthcare by developing innovative biomedical research in mass spectrometry and quantitative imaging techniques.
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Consider access to healthcare when you select your next opportunity
October 26, 2022
Dr. Mauna Dasari shares her thoughts on an important factor to consider when selecting an educational or professional opportunity.
Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Making a Living
October 20, 2022
A master storyteller, Liz O’Donnell shares her journey of caring for her aging parents and trying to manage her career.
Sara Sanford’s Tips for Negotiating While Underrepresented
October 20, 2022
Learn how biased baselines impact negotiations and how to leverage power dynamics in order to negotiate successfully.
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Destinee Parker
October 18, 2022
AWIS member Destinee Parker is a Personal Trainer, Certified Meditation Teacher, 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and owner of a private Alternative Therapy practice.
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Association for Women in Science Launches New Online Member Community
October 17, 2022
AWIS has established a private, online community for members of the association to connect with one another and advance their careers.
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It’s a good time to join AWIS!
October 13, 2022
We’re gearing up for new programs and benefits to amplify the AWIS member experience. You may increase your screen time, but it’ll all be worth it!
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Association for Women in Science Announces Annual Award Winners
October 13, 2022
The 2022 AWIS Annual Awards recognize the career achievements, strong leadership skills, innovative thinking, and commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility of AWIS members.
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Vanessa Kercher, PhD
October 11, 2022
Dr. Vanessa M. Kercher’s research passion focuses on helping individuals optimize their physical activity experiences through behavioral strategies to promote sustainable, positive health behaviors.
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Embracing Change
October 7, 2022
Dr. Jennifer Gerbi, acting director of ARPA-E, shares lessons from her multi-sector career path.
Two signs that say "Academia?" "Industry?" point in opposite directions
Caroline Guerra
October 6, 2022
AWIS member Caroline Guerra is focused on transforming food waste into innovative eco-friendly bioplastics.
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Professional Development During a Pandemic (and Beyond)
September 30, 2022
Past AWIS webinar speakers share insights on networking and defining your purpose and passion.
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A Latina’s Mission to Diversify STEM
September 26, 2022
PhD Candidate Elizabeth Munguia Trujillo shares the importance of mentorship and introducing STEM careers to underserved and marginalized students.
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What to Do When Power Abuse Occurs in Academia (or elsewhere)
September 21, 2022
This 60-minute seminar and facilitated discussion include definitions and concrete examples of power abuse, harassment, and discrimination, as well as what others have successfully been able to do about it.
Wendy Ingram, PhD
Achieving NET-ZERO: How Advanced Materials Can Play a Critical Role
September 21, 2022
Graphene technology could be key to a net-zero emissions future, and women are at the forefront of this emerging industry.
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Daniela Galvez-Cepeda
September 20, 2022
Daniela Galvez-Cepeda is an AWIS student member at Williams College, majoring in Psychology and Mathematics.
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Penalty: Too Few Women in the Field
September 19, 2022
Women are underrepresented in sports science as practitioners and research subjects. This impacts women athletes (and beyond).
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Learn How to Say No to Advance Your Career
September 16, 2022
Say "no" so you can say "yes" to what serves you. Learn how to set boundaries and un-commit gracefully while keeping relationships intact.
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Claudia Espinosa-Garcia, PhD
September 15, 2022
Neuroimmunologist Dr. Claudia Espinosa-Garcia is passionate about conducting research to develop new strategies for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric diseases.
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Love Cork Screw’s Chrishon Lampley: For the Love of Wine
September 12, 2022
Chrishon Lampley is the first African American woman in the Midwest to take a wine label national with her brand Love Cork Screw.
Photo of Love Cork Screw CEO Chrishon Lampley in her vineyard
Time for a Change: Removing the Stigma of Menopause
September 8, 2022
The symptoms and stigma of menopause negatively impact millions of women. It's crucial to remove the stigma and support women during this phase of their working years.
Think You’re Not an Entrepreneur? Think Again!
August 29, 2022
Entrepreneurial skills can be gained from and applied to a variety of STEM careers.
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AWIS Announces New Partnership Agreement with Michigan State University
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 Institutional Partner Michigan State University
Dr. Holly Porter uses forensic science to solve crimes
August 24, 2022
As a DNA analyst, Holly Porter, PhD applies her science, math, and critical thinking skills to directly impact society by aiding in solving criminal cases of various natures.

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