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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: 4

I've been a member of the Bethesda Chapter for many years, frequently attend DC chapter events, and helped start the Greater Baltimore Chapter a couple of years ago. Have been on both the mentee and mentor side of the conversation. AWIS helped me to learn to network so well that I can now teach other people. It does important research and advocacy work on the national level while encouraging meaningful professional connections on the local level. When advising early career women I often recommend AWIS for all these reasons.

Shino S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AWIS is a great venue for female scientist to network. It is a great way to meet scientist in various fields of work and learn about work options. The seminars hosted by AWIS are very educational and enlightening, as well. I really enjoy being a part of the organization and feel that they are great asset for all women working in diverse realms of science.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

AWIS is an organization that embodies the very principles it advocates - networking, mentoring and leadership. I have been involved with AWIS as a volunteer from my first days as a member of this group and it continues to be an extremely gratifying experience. I have had the opportunity to meet women professionals in my field, learn from women scientists who are further along in their career paths than myself and have graciously been afforded opportunity after opportunity for my own self-growth and professional development within this organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a young scientist at a cross-roads in my career and in this challenging employment and funding environment AWIS has been the best resource for me. I have learned about improving my credentials, found new areas I might be interested in and been inspired by women in science. I think AWIS provides young women not only the empowerment to succeed in the sciences but also the tools to excel and improve their communities and country. I'm so grateful to be a member and as I enter a new stage of my career I know I'll continue to turn to the group for guidance and hopefully become a leader for younger women. AWIS is essential for the growth of women in the sciences and their ability to balance their lives in these fields.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very glad that I have become a member of this organization! I have met amazing inspiring women through this network, got the opportunity to do some writing for AWIS and enjoyed many exciting events planned by this association!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is an excellent organization whose primary mission is to empower women in the STEM fields. By providing career development opportunities and outreach programs to the schools around Chicago-land area, the Chicago chapter specifically does an exceptional job of bringing female scientists together from all STEM fields and expertise levels.

Ezgi F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

AWIS is a very important organization that gives the tools that women in science and academia need. I benefit greatly from their webinars and implement their suggestions successfully in my work place.

Isotope T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm a graduate level faculty member in the ICT field and have found AWIS invaluable at providing me with a variety of approaches for recruiting more young women into the CS and IT areas of employment- AWIS has been a great source of potential curriculum as well as teaching methodology that's geared to supporting and retaining women in ICT-

Mary79

Volunteer

Rating: 4

AWIS provides all generations of women in science, on many different life paths, opportunities to network and collaborate to find ways to advance the mission of engaging more girls, and advocating for the advancement of women in science fields. My personal involvment is with outreach and mentoring.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is a wonderful organization that encourages women to start a career in science and helps them evolve in their scientific career path. The AWIS offers many opportunities for networking and mentoring as well as professional development resources, both at the local and national levels, thereby providing a foundation for women to build upon to gain the confidence to achieve in a highly competitive career in science. Given the under-representation of women at upper-professional levels in science, the importance of maintaining an organization that provides resources for women in science and gives them confidence to succeed despite the existing barriers is critical. Therefore, AWIS is an outstanding association that changes the life of many women. It definitely changed mine. Thanks, AWIS!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is a unique non profit organization that supports Women in Science nation wide. It provides tremendous opportunities for networking, mentoring, STEM programs and fellowships, and many seminars that help women to develop their careers paths and build leadership skills and achieve higher goals.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a postdoctoral trainee, I have been a volunteer, an attendee, and a mentee in AWIS programs. Most recently, I participated in the Mentornet program and received excellent mentoring and advice that has been priceless in my current transition to independence. Also, as a woman in science it has been very encouraging and informational to attend programs highlighting successful female scientists with the ability to get their feedback on my career and become part of their professional network. I look forward to participating in more programs in the future and eventually contributing more as my career develops.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

AWIS organizes various events to provide women scientists with opportunities to discover their potentials. I listened to its webinars very often and it helps a lot in finding my confidence in doing science.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been a member of AWiS since May 2012. Since then I've attended several events as a member. All of the events I've been to have been well publicized , organized and were very helpful. The AWiS leadership and committee members were professional and kind to a new scientist like me. I've been tremendously impressed with AWiS and will continue to be a member and hopefully also a volunteer in the future.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In a historically male-dominated field, AWIS has presented me with wonderful opportunities to network with and be mentored by successful female scientists. These are opportunities I would not have received elsewhere. Additionally, the lectures and webinars have been great learning tools to advance my career.

Natalie L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is a great organization that links women who are historically and presently a minority in the science disciplines. AWIS allows young females to identify good mentors, and is an excellent networking tool.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

i formed the AWIS NJ chapter in the 80's at Rutgers the State University.
My co-founder is Dr. Ruth Berman Reisberg. The other members are Dr. Marian Glenn now professor of cell biology at Seton Hall University. Dr.
Ruby Evangelista Kirkup who was membership secretary with PhD in Chemistry from U of Hawaii. She finished BS major in Chemistry from College of the Holy Spirit in Manila, my alma mater who presented me with a Distinguished Alumna in 2010. Dr. Alice Sari Tempel who worked at South Plainfield Environmental Commission. Claudia of Carter Wallace and MaryJane at Soils and Crops, Rutgers U. Dr. Alice Colby handled the anti Star Wars conference. many more...I attended some of the AWIS-Central Jersey Chapter meetings. I have a lunch date with the current president of AWIS-NJChapter-Joanne Gere.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I think AWIS is a great organization for promoting equality of women in STEM careers. I have benefited from their webinars and opportunities to get writing experience by contributing to AWIS magazine as well as social media sites. I have also found the organization useful for networking and the members I have contacted for informational interviews have been very helpful to my career exploration.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I joined AWIS last year, and have enjoyed NUMEROUS networking opportunities coordinated by our local chapter. I wrote an article for AWIS magazine, which also proved to be a great networking experience. I've recommended AWIS to all of my female colleagues.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I joined my local chapter of AWIS at the beginning of my graduate school career. It has been an invaluable resource as I transition into an independent scientist. It has allowed me to network at the local and national level and the topics discussed are always timely. At the national level, AWIS is dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a women in science, whose career has taken her to industry (and not academia) I find AWIS to be a valuable resource that keeps me connected to current policies, advocacy happenings, and events. Also, I really enjoy how AWIS provides members with information about the history of the women's movement within STEM fields. Overall, this is one of the most useful professional organizations to which I belong.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

AWIS has provided me with several invaluable opportunities that have really boosted my career.

lisaraenae

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS for forty years, has brought together women in science to enable them to support one another in their on-going careers and to reach out to young women as they begin a new career in science. From on-going educational seminars, to opportunities to interact with and help both young and elder female scientists continue to accel, AWIS provides a place for women to grow together in their fields and as women contributing to the greater human good through science.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is a great organization, providing opportunities for those in the science field to develop and to network.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a member of AWIS in college and recently rejoined as a Ph.D. student. AWIS is a great organization that provides many resources for women to achieve a successful and fulfilling career in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been volunteering with AWIS for now three years. It is a wonderful organization to promote and advance women in science. It offers a number of events, providing an opportunity to network, get and give mentoring and also offers a number of talks by experienced scientific professionals about careers, hot topics in science etc.
This organization provides a foundation for women to gain the confidence in an extremely competitive career path.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

AWIS is a great way to connect with and inspire women in the sciences in your area. As a woman, I am well aware that we are very underrepresented, underpaid, and underresourced in the technical fields- AWIS promotes group unity, networking and volunteer events to inspire those of us who are already in the job or higher education market, as well as those younger women who may be unsure about what their future can hold in the sciences. In a world where positive affirmation is hard to come by, AWIS provides each of its members and the outreach programs the confidence to be an intelligent and ambitious woman, who can make as much of a difference in the world as anyone else.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my opinion, AWIS is a wonderful and needed organization. AWIS by offering networking, mentoring, webinars, etc helps women intercalate into the science field. I recently had a workshop with AWIS on life-work satisfaction. This was a great workshop and I learned a lot. I wish there was more budget and support for such activities. In addition, I believe AWIS also provides a foundation for women to build upon to gain the confidence to achieve in such a highly competitive career path.

Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

AWIS is an amazing organization. Being a graduate student in biomedical sciences, I find it very diffcult to maintain the motivation required to keep both a home and science life. But going to AWIS's seminars (online!) on career development, attending their networking events, and meeting other scientists has really helped me see that being a working scientist/mom is completely possible. Additionally, the networking resources that are provided with each local AWIS chapter are essential for the search in finding a great post-doc or job position.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) has made a significant and extremely positive impact on my life. Through AWIS I have had the opportunity to explore various career opportunities, develop work and life skills, network with an incredible community of women in Boston and beyond, receive invaluable mentorship, and improve my leadership skills. I am actively involved in AWIS and my involvement has increased my confidence in my career and life choices and provided me with an incredibly supportive community of like-minded, gifted women.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As someone that has had little external help and support to reach my career goal in science, I always wished that someone would have guided me and opened windows of opportunity for job possibilities in science. Becoming a member of AWIS has not only allowed me to further enhance my career through the support and mentorship of experienced women in my field, but given me a way to give back to my community and provide guidance to young women. I also feel that AWIS is unique because it provides support for women in STEM fields on a local and national platform. I am proud that AWIS is engaged in policy to promote women in science, it makes me feel that what we do on a local level has a more widespread impact on society.

Sarah E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of and volunteer for AWIS since 2009. I have worked primarily with AWIS Magazine, a quarterly publication that is entirely volunteer-run. The magazine is an essential part of AWIS, highlighting important achievements by women scientists, and inspiring young women to make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.