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Association for Women in Science Inc

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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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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-

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.

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.

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.