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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

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.

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.

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.”

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.