Graduate Women in Science publishes a quarterly newsletter and membership directory, but on top of that, there’s a whole lot more:
SDE-GWIS nationally awards several Sigma Delta Epsilon, Eloise Gerry, Ethel K. Allen, Vessa Notchev and Nell I. Mondy Fellowships every year to deserving women in science – last year, ten fellowships were awarded. Application fees (normally $50) are waived for members. The awards are given out based on research proposals and abstracts submitted by the applicants, and are disbursed in amounts up to $10,000.
SDE-GWIS Beta Chapter offers scholarships and grants of its own through the Ruth Dickie Endowment. Several of these awards are given out annually to Beta Chapter members.
The Beta Chapter also hosts the Ruth Dickie seminar competition, held annually in the fall, that offers participants a chance to compete for a $100 prize.
Aside from funding opportunities, SDE-GWIS Beta also provides tangible benefits to members in the form of outreach and volunteering opportunities. One ongoing collaboration is with Expanding Your Horizons, a conference focused on getting middle-school-aged girls excited about science.
Finally, as a member of Graduate Women in Science, a variety of networking opportunities are at your fingertips. The chapter hosts monthly social events designed to bring people together and promote friendship and collaboration. The national organization also sponsors an annual conference over the summer of each year, drawing members from all over the country to connect with one another and talk science.
Additionally, the chapter sponsors programs geared towards informing graduate and undergraduate students about career opportunities in the field of research. Beta chapter hosts an annual career panel and sponsors BUGS, a mentorship program to pair undergraduate students in science with graduate students.
GWIS is always happy to have new members – if you’re interested, join up!