Graduate Women in Science at Madison has long been active in outreach – we provide volunteers and leaders for events designed to engage and educate the public about science.

Some of the recurring outreach events we participate in are listed below – they are excellent opportunities to get involved. However, GWIS Madison Chapter also offers support to individual outreach programs. The chapter has access to a network of volunteers and professional contacts that can help develop a desire to start an outreach project into the real deal – so if you’re looking to spearhead something, we can help you reach your goals.

Wisconsin Science Festival

The WSF stems from a collaboration betwewiscifest-thumb-420x228.pngen scientists, artists, and organizations committed to giving the public an opportunity to explore science. The festival is based in Madison, WI, but hosts activities in venues throughout the state. The 2018 festival will take place at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) on October 13th, 2018 from 10AM to 3PM. If you enjoy teaching kids and their parents about science this is the event for you. Shifts are an hour.


Interested in volunteering? Sign up here!
If you encounter any issues signing up for this event, you may also register through this link.

Girls World Expo 

Girls World Expo is a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls. Girls World Expo can change your life – come together with your friends, or make new ones at the Expo, to enjoy a magical day where you will hear from and meet successful and powerful women right from your own community who can show you a path to success! You will attend workshops, listen to speakers, see demonstrations, science exhibits, and speak one-on-one with women who are leaders in business, government, industry, the arts, and many other realms of endeavor. It’s a rare opportunity for you to see what your future could be, and learn what it will take to get there.

girlsworldexpoBut it’s not all work! Girls World Expo is also fun. There’s fashion, an art show, music and dance performances by talented local artists, and the always-popular GWE Marketplace, where you can see and purchase everything from hair accessories to self-help materials, and clothing to jewelry.

It’s not just another day. It’s a very special day. It’s an opportunity to spend a day in a safe, secure environment inspired by the company of other girls and not just seeing but creating the future. Your future.

GWIS will be attending this event on October 28th, 2018 from 12PM to 4PM. For more information, click here.

Interested in volunteering? Sign up here!

If you encounter any issues signing up for this event, you may also register through this link.

Science Night at Marquette Elementary School

GWIS will have a booth at the Marquette Elementary School Science night on Thursday, October 25th, 2018 from 6PM to 7:30PM.
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Upcoming Events 

Expanding Your Horizons

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is a one-day conference held at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for around 400 middle school aged (6-8th grade) girls from south-central Wisconsin. Middle school-aged girls come to Expanding Your Horizons conferences to learn about the wide range of career options for women in science, technology, engineering and math. Through hands-on workshops and visits to work places, they find out what it’s like to work in different careers. Student participants have a chance to interact with professional women who work in a variety of fields. GWIS provides volunteers to EYH annually, helping them set up the event, staffing workshops, and providing graduate student mentors for the day to give girls an opportunity to see what the lives of graduate women in science are like!

More information for this year’s Expanding Your Horizons will be sent soon!

Photo by Todd Brown, Media SolutionsScience Expeditions

Each year, UW-Madison welcomes the public to participate in hands-on exploration stations staffed by UW scientists. In previous years, GWIS planned and presented an exploration station focused on the nanoworld. We introduced the concept of the nanoscale and some of the properties that are unique to nanoscale materials. To illustrate these principles we used nanotechnology to test which sport drink is the most hydrating. This technology was based upon gold nanoparticles which change color when electrolytes are added. We were able to use the color change of gold nanoparticles to compare the level of electroyltes present in different sports drinks: including Vitamin Water, pickle juice, and gatorade. This activity introduced participants to the promising applications of nanotechnology while also allowing them to perform their very own science experiment. Along with this activity, we had an exhibit to introduce participants to some of the highly talented female researchers performing science here at UW-Madison and elsewhere.

Many thanks to everyone who helped and stopped by our exploration station on Saturday at the 2017 Science Expeditions! Check back for dates for the 2019 Science Expeditions this coming Spring. Hope to see you there!


Middle School Science Club

GWIS Madison sponsors a science club for middle-school students held at the Meadowood neighborhood center on Whitney Way. The format is a weekly after-school session, where volunteers serve as “guest experimenters” to guide students through fun experiments that demonstrate interesting scientific principles and concepts. This club was begun in fall of 2014 and has enjoyed success since then!

This is a great outreach opportunity to show off cool science, interact with kids, and brush up your skills at teaching and communicating science. We’re always in the market for new experimenters, so if you’re interested in participating, contact our outreach coordinator.



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