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!).
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.
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.
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.
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.