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Causes: Education, Technology

Mission: The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies and supporters worldwide. Founded in 1971, AWIS is the leading organization dedicated to driving excellence in STEM by achieving equity and full participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors. Learn more about the contributions of AWIS.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Awards (advancing ways of awarding recognition in disciplinary societies) project to address under-representation of women among recipients of awards from stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplinary societies. Awards will increase the diversity of stem awardees and expand the number of role models who will encourage future generations of women and other under-represented groups to pursue and persist in stem careers. Organization and management of nsf advance program workshop. Goal of nsf advance is to increase representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers, thereby contributing to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce. Advance encourages institutions of higher education and the broader stem community to address various aspects of stem academic culture and institutional structure that may differentially affect women faculty and academic administrators. All grant funds are expended for purposes of the respective grants. Grant expenses and funds may bridge multiple fiscal years.

member services - services include publications on scientific studies and access to digital resources. A quarterly magazine is provided to members that provides resources to promote women in the fields of science and technology. Also, members receive support through mentoring of individuals via a network of chapters and advice on achieving work life balance. Job opportunities for members are posted in the magazine and through web notices.

outreach and public education - respond to queries regarding women in science ranging from general statistics to requests for specific information on resources for funding. Includes website and digital resources on science policy, grant opportunities and upcoming events.

Community Stories

90 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is at the forefront of the movement to address the biases, conscious and unconscious, that hold women back from achieving at the highest levels in STEM professions and academia. They have emerged as a key voice for women in STEM in Washington, DC and throughout the US.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AWIS since I was a graduate student in the early 1980's. At every step on my career path, AWIS was a sure source of excellent contacts, advice, and resources. I volunteer for AWIS now as a way of paying it forward - I want young women in science and engineering to benefit from whatever wisdom my experience has given me, and from my network of contacts. No organization does as much for women in science as AWIS does. Every scientific and scholarly society that pays lip service to diversity and the advancement of women would do well to emulate what AWIS has done so well for more than 40 years.

donnajdean22

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWIS is the premier organization advocating for fairness and equity for women in the STEM fields. The organization has led efforts in this area since its founding in 1971. I joined as a graduate student at the time of its founding, and the organization has been there for all the stages of my professional career in science. Members of AWIS provided mentoring support throughout my career and the opportunity to intereact with key executive leaders as I moved into the executive ranks myself.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWIS provides outstanding service to academia and industry through its information on how to promote gender equity and create a thriving organization. I was the direct beneficiary of this when my professional society, the American Astronomical Society, sent me to a training workshop at AWIS Headquarters on how to promote recognition of women in national awards. AWIS produced a set of training materials showing how implicit bias in male-dominated fields leads committees to overlook women, and providing best practices to train committees. The same materials are helpful to search committees. All advocates for equity in STEM disciplines recognize AWIS as a leading source of information and ideas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of AWIS for years. They are acutely attuned to the "life" of female scientists and do much to offer support. There are job listings, events, seminars and opportunities to speak on the local and national stages about issues impinging on scientists especially female scientists. They provide publications as well. The organization strives not only to assist the female scientist but also to bring STEM, science and other related issues to the scientific and lay communities. They do a wonderful job.

There are chapters supporting the national organization and their local members. They offer local events and assistance, not to mention camaraderie. The Bethesda Chapter, of which I am a member, is very active and does a marvelous job.

This association gets an A+ from me.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In my university life I served on the “Women’s Committee” – the only man. That was an eye opener though I had previously been active on committees which advocated for increasing opportunities for women in Science. Around that time a young woman came to work for my lab who said she had always been discouraged from working in science because it was a mans field – she is now an M.D., and Medical Director of the University of Oregon Health Center. As a proud member of AWIS I have been able to continue watching women realize their goals in science, and participate as an advocate for these individuals. AWIS provides a valuable forum with intriguing topics for sharing experiences and information, and empowering women in science. I am extremely impressed with what AWIS provides and has achieved.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been active in many professional societies including serving as the 2006 President of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and founding in 1985 the Society of Core Analysts. I am also a member of the Society of Women Engineers.

For many years I focused on succeeding in non-gender specific professional societies and trying to advance women's issues through those groups. At this stage in my career having held leadership positions in those societies, I am focusing on trying to help women in STEM careers. For the past two years, I was the Chair of the Women's Network of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists and I continue to Chair the Women's Network of the Society of Petroleum Engineers. I have found many notices and references in the AWIS newsletter that I have shared more broadly with female colleagues and the women's networks in which I am active.

AWIS is providing a valuable service in collecting and disseminating information on the status of women in science. I read the AWIS email newsletters and the paper publications carefully and believe that the society provides valuable service to women in STEM careers.

Peggy27

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a member of AWIS for close to 30 years. While my level of personal involvement has varied depending on my location, job, and other responsibilities, the organization continues to provide resources for women scientists and engineers through local chapters and national leadership on public policy issues regarding women in STEM. The organization has impact far beyond its numbers.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have recently become a part of AWIS and am still exploring the many benefits. A focus of AWIS that resonates with the leadership of the university where I am a faculty member and with myself personally, is the mentoring of women in science. As I write this paragraph, in my latest e-mail message from AWIS is a short piece entitled, “8 Ways to Reinvigorate your Career.” Little efforts like that keep this important but not urgent – and thus often overlooked - issue in the forefront. Mentoring is timely on a university level for us, as this spring we held our second mentoring one-day workshop for junior faculty. Last year’s session was for leadership only; this year’s was for all interested faculty. I was fortunate that AWIS past president and long-time Executive Board member, Donna Dean, made the effort to look me up recently when she was in town. Donna shared content of a workshop she led in her home state for junior women scientists - ideas would work well equally for us. She has written a book, published by AWIS, on mentoring that is serves as a rich resource for me personally and that my Department head, who Is active in the mentoring effort on our campus, was delighted to learn about for use going forward.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

National AWIS helps me as a professional in the field (I've been involved nearly 20 years). The Washington Wire newsletter is a great overview of issues. We have an active state chapter that promotes science to middle school girls. Our local group also has monthly networking lunches.

Kathleen46

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been part of AWIS since I was a post-doc... some 15+ years ago. What I love about this organization is its dedication to representing the needs of women working in scientific/technologic roles in both academic and commercial settings on a national/political advocacy level and its support of local chapters which act to provide advice, mentorship and career-building tools to women in these professions. It's such a great place to network! I continue to volunteer for my local chapter because I know that the national organization is working to ensure equality and the local organization is working to help (mostly) women scientists in my community contribute and achieve to their maximum potential.

Laura132

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Women in STEM fields face all kinds of challenges, and AWIS helps navigate these with information, awareness, education, and personalized mentoring programs. I have been a mentor with the Palo Alto Chapter of AWIS since 1997, and it has been enormously rewarding to be a sounding board for graduate students and postdocs in the sciences. I've watched many grow in their careers and make hard choices along the way; but with the benefit of a supportive network rather than the isolation I felt as a graduate student back in my day. AWIS brings attention nationally to women working in STEM, to give them the recognition they deserve.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great Philadelphia and Palo Alto Chapters. While consulting I was able to find a welcoming chapter just about anywhere I went.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of AWIS since 1975 and have served on its board. In addition, I belonged to the local chapter of AWIS for nearly the same length of time. As a university chemistry/biochemistry professor, active in the research laboratory and classroom, AWIS provided me with a unique opportunity to meet and work with other women scientists in academe, as well as with women in the
corporate and business environment and in other professional societies. The skills I picked up through AWIS board activities and through networking with women inside and outside of academe helped me transition into academic administration. In this capacity I was able to obtain funding from NSF and DOD to support women and minority students at the university and to collaborate with other colleges in this activity, and to collaborate with other professional societies in such efforts. Although there has been some growth in the numbers of women and other underrepresented students starting science, engineering and technological careers, the recruitment and retention of women at all levels from student to faculty to industry remains a work in progress. AWIS's efforts are more vital than ever.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What impresses me most about AWIS is that it is not simply a membership organization. I have experienced firsthand how AWIS engages its members in activities that examine the barriers that prevent women from advancing in science fields, and strives to make changes to remove those barriers. I genuinely feel that AWIS fulfills its mission to retain and increase the number of women in STEM (science, engineering, science, and math) fields. I feel very fortunate to be a member of such a supportive and proactive organization.

Anne67

Client Served

Rating: 5

Surviving as a woman in science is not easy. Studies consistently show that both men and women are biased against female scientists when assessing their work, so there is an uphill climb to make it in this already competitive field. AWIS gathers many of the bits of news and helpful tips that practicing female scientists don't otherwise have time to seek out on their own. It helps to level the old-boys-network playing field and organizes local events to learn career tips and build networks (and to serve as a support group!).

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is an excellent organization for all women in the scientific field. I have learned so much through the AWIS newsletter and webinars. As a member of the organization I have been able to network effectively with others. I plan to volunteer more to help further the mission of this organization.

Gail18

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have served on the AWIS Board since 2009 and have really learned so much from my involvement about strategies to advocate for women at all levels of their STEM career. My association has also provided an amazing array of mentors--such amazingly competent, intelligent and wise women serving in all capacities in a variety of volunteer roles to make the association a great representative for all Women in Science.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AWIS is a wonderful organization that has helped to introduce me to other women in science in my community. They have actively promoted science and interest in STEM fields especially to a community of young girls. I had the opportunity of hearing some of the wonderful feedback from many parents about how their daughters had a blast learning about science with positive role models from our AWIS-ND chapter. I'm so proud to be a part of this community!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found this organization by chance when I saw their booth at a meeting. Their rep answered all questions and was so enthusiastic i joined immediately. When I began receiving their newsletter and saw both the breadth of their articles and the commitment to women in science I volunteered in whatever capacity they needed. \At both the national and the local levels this organization is by far the most personalized, committed, helpful and well organized with which I have ever been associated. Every woman in science, mathematics, statistics, engineering or related fields can find major benefit in and from this group

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

I have just joined AWIS, but in this short time it has been very useful in many ways. Especially since I am from abroad it has been a great way to network and meet other people both in the same area and others. Also the seminars has ben very helpful and stimulating. Thanks!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I became aware of and joined AWIS in the very early years, while I was in graduate school. I have taken advantage of many of the programs and services offered by the organization, such as Annual Conferences, Local Chapter membership and programs, advocacy, and the wonderful newsletter. I have seen many changes over the years, and I have appreciated the improvements that have come along with those changes. Now that I am retired, I am glad to be able to continue my support for this organization. It is a vital resource girs interested in science, women just beginning their careers, and established professionals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a professional society, AWIS delivers. Their national programming is of superior quality and its broadcast on the web makes it accessible to people whose location is remote, truly enabling all women scientists across the country. The newsletter is always relevant and covers general relevant scientific topics in addition to topics focused on women in STEM. This organization has been much more useful to me personally than other women's groups within professional scientific societies.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWIS provides greatly needed information and support to women in science and technology through meetings, networking, and sustained informational reports. The networking provided by AWIS, along with information that would otherwise be difficult for many women to access, have provided a tremendous service to women in science and technology. It also ensures that women are aware of career opportunities that otherwise might not be brought to their attention due to their isolation.

In my case, AWIS provided an invaluable visible presence of a broader community of women scientists, and hence a validation of my participation in a male dominated environment, that was very helpful to me during my career as a research physicist in industry and government.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWIS has supported me throughout the duration of my training. It is a great organization to be a part of!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am at a crossroads in my career, and it is a time when I can definitely use any and all career advice. Of the organizations I have tried to connect with, the information and advice I've gotten through AWIS has been far more useful than any tips I've gotten from other organizations including the National Postdoc Association or the Postdoc Association on my campus. The most helpful services have been the linkedin groups (both the one for members and the one for the general public) and the online STEMinars. I am a new member, but look forward to being part of this group for a long time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is a premier professional organization for women. I have had the good fortune of being associated with AWIS as a volunteer for their newsletter. Their newsletter and career pages are full of exciting resources for women in science. The seminars hosted by AWIS are insightful and highly helpful for networking. In fact, I have had occasion to utilize strategies from a negotiation seminar hosted by AWIS in my career and have benefitted hugely from it. In short, I would recommend AWIS as an excellent and one of its kind, outstanding professional resource for women in science!

Donor

Rating: 5

AWIS actively promotes women in science and I feel that I get more impact per buck than most other professional societies that I belong to. They keep me informed of research on women and on STEM women, on our struggles in the workplace and on legislative issues that will impact us. They are strong advocates for us in Washington, helping me feel that my little voice, joined with thousands of other STEM women, gets heard. I've been honored to be named a Fellow of AWIS and this honor, and AWIS' unflagging efforts to network us all together, has helped open doors for me that wouldn't have otherwise. I'm a sustaining member but wish I could give more! I've taken their STEMinars and workshops and learned a lot of useful tactics to help balance work and the rest of my life. Thanks, AWIS!!

Joyce27

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

After working in different areas of science, teaching (on the middle and high school levels), serving on the professional staff of the US EPA, and later working as an environmental consultant, I feel I have a level of awareness of the perspectives on women in science. I also had the opportunity to experience the excitement of pursuing research projects both in academia and in the private sector, so I know reasonably well the thrill of discovery. \
Now, as an adjunct instructor in a community college teaching a course on Women and Minorities in Science, I have found the reporting in publications of AWIS to be of help in my class presentations. Students respond well to the reports on work going on in this area as well as to the summaries of challenges faced by all scientists. This is beyond the interest I find in keeping up with the achievements of contemporary professionals. The updates on activities further complement my experience in this field. Thank you AWIS!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWIS is one of the best professional organizations I have been apart of. The events I've attended do a great job of combining scientific interest and professional advancement.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a foreigner they had helped me keep in contact with professionals like myself, build my network and also learn from more experienced and successful women in the STEM fields.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

AWIS is one of the best professional organizations to which I belong. Its newsletter is well written, timely, and of an appropriate length for working professionals. The topics are broad and appealing to the technical mind, focusing on items of interest to all scientists and to women in general. I find myself sharing many of the links in the newsletter on my own Facebook page. The STEM seminars are useful and interesting to any working person and I often organize a group of women into a conference room during work so that we can all benefit from the topics.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

AWIS is an organization that helps to give women in the sciences and engineering not only a voice, but a sense of community that they may not have in their places of study or work. The local chapters are dedicated to the encouragement and support of women, the national chapter has the record and visibility to effect change where there is inequality. It is organizations like these that will help to transform and motivate the other half of the national (and even international) part of the workforce. Thank you for your efforts - and please continue to empower others with the data to help effect positive change.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the chance to meet other local women scientists through AWIS seminars. This organization has some great programs like mentoring and STEM seminars which are both are very useful for career advancement for women scientist in every stage of their professional life that they are. I whole heartly continue my support for this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Being a member of AWIS is a voluntary financial and professional commitment renewed for many years now with much enthusiasm. The organization has changed in many ways over the years, responding to and leading member interests. The leadership of board members has demonstrated an acute awareness of the changing nature of the role women are playing in science and engineering. As the fields evolve so to do the battles. As the national STEM enterprise has evolved, so to have the issues. Where once it would have been acceptable to exclude women from most fields, now it is no longer the rule and increasingly no long the social practice in many fields. AWIS has shown leadership in helping educational and training institutions to be more responsive and responsible for the experience of women scientists and engineers. AWIS has challenged professional organizations of scientists and engineers to open their doors and honors to more transparent and honest engagement of women. AWIS has brought together thousands of women scientists and engineers in support of one another, support that often takes the form of encouragement and advice, and occasionally the form of assertive declarations for justice and fairness.

Jennifer95

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is steadfastly focused on advocating the interests and equalizing participation of women in science and technology. AWIS provides ongoing programming through a nationwide membership network and alignment with numerous professional societies. AWIS, as well, is wholly committed to professional development, mentorship and networking.

In my most recent year of membership, I have enjoyed a number of professional development STEMinars, attended several AWIS-hosted functions, and participated in a Women in STEM advocacy program on Capitol Hill.