GWIS (Graduate Women In Science) is a national, professional organization whose aims are to:

Advance women in the field of scientific research

Recognize exceptional contributions to research or science education

Promote scientific research through grants, awards, and fellowships

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1921. For almost 100 years we have worked to advance the participation and recognition of women in scientific fields through grants, awards, and fellowships. With over 1,000 members and many chapters spread across the globe, our organization is stronger than ever. Our chapter, Madison (originally the Beta chapter), was chartered in 1922.

The first meeting of SDE-GWIS Beta Chapter, Madison, Wisconsin, 1922.

Our Mission is to build a global community that inspires, supports, recognizes, and empowers women in science. We accomplish that mission by staying true to our three guiding principles: Connect, Lead, and Empower.


Strive to build a powerful international network of women scientists.


Mentor the leaders of today so that they can inspire the leaders of tomorrow.


Empower women scientists to excel in their careers.


Membership to GWIS is open to anyone with a baccalaureate degree, regardless of gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or class.

Many of our members hold master’s and doctoral degrees, but our membership is open to anyone who holds a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher learning who supports the mission of our organization.

In addition, absolutely anyone can become an affiliate member, whether or not he or she has obtained a baccalaureate degree. Affiliate members do not have voting rights but are otherwise invited to participate in all GWIS functions, activities, events, and conferences.

Read the Madison Chapter bylaws

Meet our chapter officers!