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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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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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Request for Proposals: Digital Marketing and Communications Contractor
November 1, 2022
AWIS is accepting proposals from digital marketing and communications professionals through November 15, 2022.
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.
Academia or Industry: A False Dichotomy
August 22, 2022
Dr. Ester Caffarel-Salvador's path as a multidisciplinary scientist taught her that you don’t have to choose between academia or industry when deciding how to shape your STEM journey.
Dr. Ester Caffarel-Salvador is in a lab holding a prototype of the insulin pill she developed.
Leveraging Social Media for Professional Opportunities
August 17, 2022
How do you present yourself to the world? In this digital age of social media, having a strong online presence can allow for more opportunities.
Virologist Dr. Suzie Stephenson on staying true to yourself in your science career
August 17, 2022
Dr. Suzie Stephenson researches Hepatitis delta virus (HDV), which affects millions of people. But she didn't always imagine herself on this path.
The Melding of Science and Art
August 15, 2022
SciArt captures artistic beauty, communicates scientific concepts, and raises visibility for social issues in science.
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Association for Women in Science Announces New Partnership Agreement with Endictus Corporation
August 11, 2022
Endictus Corp. is a minority- and woman-owned small business that provides cybersecurity engineering, information technology support, and consulting services for the federal government.
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Laiba Bilal uses nanotechnology to unlock clean energy sources
August 10, 2022
Laiba Bilal is passionate about renewable energy and working at the nanoscale to create groundbreaking technology.
Laiba Bilal - Nanotechnology
AWIS CEO Attends Signing of CHIPS and Science Act at the White House
August 9, 2022
Today President Biden will sign the CHIPS and Science Act, and AWIS CEO, Meredith Gibson, will be in attendance to witness the historical event.
AWIS CEO, Meredith Gibson, on the White House lawn
Career as Crucible: How Identity and Solidarity Shape my Experience as a Woman of Color in Science
August 8, 2022
Being part of a community of women in science has allowed me to realize the strengths that being different has granted me.
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AWIS Partners with Achieve More LLC for Strategic Plan to Advance DEI
August 4, 2022
Achieve More LLC will construct a strategic plan that furthers AWIS’ mission and includes programs and initiatives that intentionally drive DEI throughout the scientific workforce.
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Dr. Smita Darmora uses particle physics to benefit humanity
August 3, 2022
Dr. Smita Darmora utilizes global grids and cloud computing to push the borders of big data analysis.
Space Is for Everyone: NASA leaders discuss the impact of Nichelle Nichols
August 1, 2022
In 1975, NASA hired Nichelle Nichols, best known for her role as Lieutenant Nyota Uhura in the television series Star Trek, to execute a marketing campaign encouraging women and men of color to apply to the space program.
Nichelle Nichols speaking at the 2013 Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.
Q&A with Kathi Vidal: Champion of Innovation and Underserved Communities
August 1, 2022
Kathi Vidal leads the USPTO and is the principal IP advisor to the President and the Administration. She is focused on incentivizing and protecting U.S. innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
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Emily Royer finds her passion in conservation science
July 27, 2022
Emily Royer maintains biodiversity through conservation to help maintain healthy and resilient ecosystems providing humans with numerous benefits.
Summer of Science, Emily Royer, Conservation Science
Mary Khetani, PhD
July 25, 2022
Dr. Mary Khetani is a pediatric occupational therapist and rehabilitation scientist who has spent more than a decade growing her academic career at public R1 institutions.
Dr. Mary Khetani
New Evidence Supports the Rosalind Franklin Phenomenon
July 21, 2022
The Nature article “Women are Credited Less in Science than are Men” provides new evidence that women are under-recognized for their scientific contributions.
Black and white photo of Rosalind Franklin looking into a microscope
Improving Health through Food Engineering
July 20, 2022
Dr. Cristina Chuck-Hernández shares how food engineering impacts society — and the status of women in her field.
Summer of Science - Dr. Cristina Chuck-Hernandez - Food Engineering

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