The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) will always have a special place in my heart. My first professional internship was with this organization and the experience I gained there springboarded me to the positions I have held there after. Hearing the stories and seeing the support of AWIS members, receiving professional guidance as an intern from AWIS national staff, and my own personal membership with the organization has helped me understand more fully what it means to be a woman in science, how to appreciate the past women in science and their efforts, and where I would like to see women in science in the future.
Our local AWIS chapter was started only one year ago. All of the activities to discuss issues regarding women in STEM have been well attended and extremely successful. The national chapter has been immensely supportive and helpful by participating in our events and offering advice about speakers and activities. The AWIS events also provide important networking opportunities and essential resources via multiple sources such as webinars, newsletters and seminars. I wish I had known about this organization when I was transitioning from PhD to postdoctoral studies.
Many years ago, AWIS was instrumental in helping me find my current position and in the intervening years has been an incredible help to me in enhancing my career skills and professional network. As a member of AWIS, I have had many exciting opportunities to give back to the community and to extend a hand to those coming behind me, like so many members have done for me throughout my career.
AWIS provides valuable mentoring, fellowship and leadership support to millions of young female scientists across the United States. I have personally benefited IMMENSELY from my participation in AWIS and intend to be a lifelong member and volunteer.
I can't tell you how much AWIS's publications, networking, & mentoring help women in science. I am a senior woman in science and I look forward to reciving their newsletter and e-mail messages every month. I have used the links to pertinent articles about women in science to change practices at my institutions (two universities). For example, my last university used to have poor hiring practices and maternity leave practices. When I showed the Dean AWIS's "Chilly Climate" list of recommendations for encouraging women in science he put them in practice! Now that university has a program for spousal hiring and for not asking women about their marital status during interviews! They even have nursing rooms available on campus! AWIS is an organization that provides a foundation for women to build upon to gain the confidence to achieve in such a highly competitive career path.
AWIS has been an exceedingly worthwhile experience for me. My local chapter offers some amazing programs, including networking and mentoring, which have enriched my social and professional experience tenfold! The national organization offers webinars, workshops, and sends informative newsletters that help me know what's going on in the world for women in STEM, and how policy is being shaped.
As a graduate student, I'm glad I found AWIS when I did, and I plan on being a member for years and years to come.
AWIS helped me gain the confidence I needed to start networking outside of my field. Through a Webinar and a day long workshop they honed my inter-personal skills and helped me to 'practice' in a safe environment. Since then I have been active in every way I can with AWIS and it has been absolutely rewarding. It is great to be able to give back to a group that gave so much to me, as well as meeting new people and expanding my own horizons at the same time.
My experiences with AWIS have only been positive. The women that I meet and the things I learn from the seminars they put together have been extremely useful in both personal, as well as career, development. I hope more women can learn about this organization because AWIS has a great support network.
AWIS is inclusive I like how AWIS offers a multidisciplinary network to women. I am a person who likes to see the bigger picture, so seeing science in different areas, listening to women from other discipline’s perspectives and experiences allows me to see how it all relates and fits together. I feel I am better able to contribute at AWIS than I am at other professional societies that are more single focused. I remember once hearing one of our local members who has a bachelors degree, but worked with a lot of PhDs (she often felt excluded) say of AWIS, “I feel like they include everybody.”
The mentoring that I received through AWIS prompted me to mentor my fellow graduate students. ... Aided by my fellow AWIS members, I organized a mentoring meeting for the female graduate students in my department.