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Association for Women in Science Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Technology

Mission: AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

Geographic areas served: Nationwide

Programs: Member Services - Services include publications on scientific studies and access to digital resources. In addition, members receive support through mentoring and networking.Other services - includes extensive website and digital resources on scientific policy, grant opportunities, and upcoming events. Information and resources - responses to queries regarding women in science, ranging from general statistics to requests for specific information on resources for funding.Magazine - a quarterly publication for members provides resources to promote women in fields of science and technology.

Community Stories

47 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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.