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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I was awarded an AAUW fellowship. This fellowship gave me the opportunity to continue pursuing my PhD degree. Additionally, my university offered me a tuition waiver because of the fellowship. I would never been able to continue my studies without their support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meetings involving AAUW fellows, alumnae and staff. They have a fundamental role in sponsoring education among women.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I was awarded a fellowship that enabled me to take time off from teaching and finish my book manuscript. Without their support, I couldn't have accomplished this career goal. Because I teach at a university with a high teaching load, I was making progress...but slowly. They gave me the time to focus, and the results are outstanding.

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I can't explain what an impact their support has had on my career except to say that it has opened doors I never expected and will continue to do so.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 27, 2010

AAUW is a leader in supporting women in academics. I was a recipient of the doctoral dissertation grant, which provides women one year of support to complete their dissertation. This type of funding is scarce and particularly important for women who have caregiver roles in the family. It allowed me to complete my PhD and play an active role in my family without having to worry about an additional paycheck.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

providing funding for completing doctoral studies.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

give it more money to support more girls and women in their studies!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its efficiency, respect for recipients, and professionalism.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very helpful and kind.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help many more girls and women succeed in academics while also contributing to healthy households. So many women, when forced to choose between schooling, work and home have to choose work and home.

Ways to make it better...

there were more purposeful interactions of fellowship recipients with local organization chapters.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to maintain funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 27, 2010

The AAUW was a tremendous help in allowing me to complete my dissertation and finish my PhD in Anthropology. Because of this fellowship, I was able to complete my degree and begin a postdoctoral program that will make me a very competitive candidate on the academic job market.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attaining my educational goals and objectives.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

I received a doctoral dissertation fellowship from AAUW. Funding opportunities can sometimes be limited for international students in a Ph.D. program. A lot of funding is for US citizens only, and visa restrictions means it is hard for international students to get work teaching as adjuncts in nearby colleges. The Fellowship enabled me to spend a year concentrating on my dissertation, and the overall experience with the organization has truly increased my appreciation of the work that such nonprofit organizations do.

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in work and personal life.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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September 27, 2010

As an AAUW grantee, I can attest to the invaluable support they offer to female graduate students. If I had not gotten the year of support from them, I may not have been able to finish my degree after I had my baby. An amazing, efficient, powerful organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my ability to complete my degree.

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One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

The AAUW is an amazing organization. They are SO incredibly dedicated to women and girls' educations. My daughter was in 7th grade and was selected to go to Tech Trek here at Stanford Campus, in California. What a week she had--living in the dormitories, working with other girls her age and professional women from all sorts of science & math-based fields. She learned and grew so much. We have to keep women & girls interested in the math & Science fields and this is an excellent way to do it!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way my daugher now approaches thinking about science. She sees this as her future. She is excited and ready to learn more about the world around her so that she can go off and work in a scientific field to help the world.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make Tech Trek available throughout the country to girls in 7th grade!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they are so dedicated to serving the girls and women. They spend amazing amounts of time and energy writing grants, raising money and more to help the girls/women

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

amazing, and talented and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world of women and science. It already does that on a smaller scale.

Ways to make it better...

we couldn't have asked for anything more!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

that they need more financial support and probably volunteer help as well.

One thing I'd also say is that...

they're great!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I was a 41-year-old mother of 2 who had recently re-entered the workforce after staying home to raise my children. I was disappointed to find myself making only half of what I'd previously made and had a difficult time proving my value - and yes, I do think my race and gender were a hindering factor. I decided I seriously needed to increase my value and options with a Masters degree - education had always opened doors for me before. But with a family and a mediocre salary, how could I afford it? AAUW came to the rescue. I told them my story and my goals and they gave me a VERY generous grant that enabled me to attend my first-choice school. And you know, it wasn't just their money that made it possible. There is NOTHING that compares to the feeling I had knowing that complete strangers believed in me enough to come out of their pocket with cold hard cash money in a down economy. That feeling alone is motivating, driving, and life-changing. It's what kept me going when after a long day at work and family duties in the evening, I still had hours of homework to do. I just finished my first year (7 classes) with a 4.0 GPA. Already new opportunities have opened up for me at my current job and elsewhere. One more thing...I cannot wait for the opportunity to do for someone else what AAUW has done for me. I've always been on the giving end just because I know it's the "right thing". But now that I've been on the receiving end...it's a whole different perspective of what the "right thing" really means and how deeply it affects others. I've been getting more familiar with AAUW's causes and can say with confidence that this has got to be one of the greatest nonprofits out there. They don't just give money, they educate, empower and they're out there everyday making a difference for all women, even those who don't even know AAUW exists.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a grant attending their online seminars learning about the Equal Pay legislation learning about their efforts to get more junior high school girls involved in Math/Science

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the hope they've given me through their grant and he support of their staff after receiving the grant.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, supportive and VERY organized!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I have been a member of Chicago Branch AAUW for over 25 years! In the '80s I served on Branch committees, in the '90s I served on state committees (Illinois), & in the '00s I served on national committees. In additional to all the things I have learned about women's issues from AAUW, AAUW has also allowed me opportunities for growth as a person AND as a professional. I simply would not be who I am today without AAUW--a force for "positive societal change" since 1883 & still going strong!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I'm now the coordinator of WITASWAN (Women in the Audience Supporting Women Artists Now) which began as an AAUW-IL project & has grown into "International SWAN Day"--celebrated all around the world last year. No AAUW-IL, no SWAN Day. It's that simple!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

I applied for an AAUW scholarship while in graduate school. The very generous scholarship helped support me while I completed my doctorate in counseling psychology. I am now a licensed psychologist serving the same community that supported me!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Receiving a scholarship to help support my graduate studies.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007

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