Each June, one SDE-GWIS chapter hosts a national conference, drawing members from all over the country to present research, network, and talk about women scientists’ issues. The conference features leadership training, keynote speakers, research poster sessions, career workshops, honorary award presentations, and much more!

The 99th annual national conference that was taking place on June 11-13, 2020, in Lansing, Michigan, has been POSTPONED due to COVID-19.

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Previous national conferences:

2019: “Communicating Science to Connect, Lead, and Empower” in Rapid City, SD featuring  Dr. Scyller Borglum (Engineer and South Dakota House of Representatives, District 32), Dr. Laura Chandler (Director of the Center for Diversity and Community at the University of South Dakota), Cabot-Ann Christofferson (Liaison of the MAJORANA Demonstrator at Sanford Underground Research Facility in Lead), Dr. Lisa Kunza (Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biological Sciences at the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology), and Tatewin Means (Executive Director at the Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation).

2018: “Diverse Science” at Iowa City, Iowa, featuring Dr. Sherree Wilson, Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine; Dr. Fatima Toor, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Physics and Astronomy, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”; Dr. Corrie Moreau, “The Evolution of Symbiosis in Ants and How I Became a Cartoon Character.”

2017: “The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success” in Sioux Falls, SD, featuring Dr. Elizabeth Travis, Associate VP, Women’s Faculty Programs, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Amy Elliott, Director, Center for Health Outcomes and Population Research, Sanford Health; Dr. Isaiah Hankel, founder of the Cheeky Scientist. The Banquet speaker was children’s science author Rebecca Johnson.

2016: “Educating Scientists for Effective Science Outreach” at Raleigh, NC, featuring Dr. Holly Meninger, Director of Public Science for North Carolina State University

2015: “Beyond the Bench” at The Pennsylvania State University, featuring Brendan Muller, Director of Science at the Wrinkled Brain Project and astronomy outreach specialist

2014: “Building Bridges: Practicing Science in the Modern Era” at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, featuring Jorge Cham, creator of Ph.D. Comics