The chapter strives to plan events that offer opportunities to network with peers, potential scientific collaborators, and potential mentors.

Networking Hours are opportunities for graduate students and professionals to chat, get to know one another, and share advice in a casual setting. Madison Chapter will invite women in science who have expertise in a certain field to provide a starting point for the conversation.

For 2015-2016, upcoming networking hours include:


Jennifer Sheridan (Executive & Research Director of WISELI) will chat with us about an area of her research that is quite relevant to many of us – the hiring process! She received her PhD from the Department of Sociology at UW-Madison, and is now a member of the WISELI team that is nationally-recognized for educating faculty about unconscious/implicit bias in academic settings, with current emphasis on the status of women in science and engineering.

Jennifer’s chat is on Tuesday, December 8, to be held 5:30-6:45 PM in Biochemical Sciences 1220. Don’t miss out!


Rebecca Blank became chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July 2013. From 2009 to 2013, she served in top positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce, with previous appointments as the dean of public policy at the University of Michigan, and faculty appointments at Northwestern University and Princeton University. She is the author of numerous books and articles that focus on the interaction between the macro economy, the labor market, government social policy programs, and the behavior and well-being of low-income families. We are excited to offer an opportunity to chat with such an accomplished leader in academia and government!

Past networking hour topics have included:

  • Patent law and scientific outreach with Laura Heisler of WARF
  • Making the move to industry with Elizabeth Donley of Stemina Biomarker Discovery
  • Ruth Dickie writing workshop (with Will Broadway of the UW writing center)
  • Science and entrepreneurship with Becky Splitt (of StudyBlue)
  • Teaching and academic careers with Louise Stracener (of Edgewood College)
  • Alternative careers in science with Eileen Callahan (of the Graduate School Professional Development office)
  • What to expect from graduate school

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