GWIS Madison Chapter strives to provide opportunities for professional development to its members.

As an organization of primarily STEM graduate students, our idea is to host a series of visits to local STEM companies to give our members insights into the types of jobs available outside academia and foster networking opportunities within these industries. We had envisioned tours to see the facilities, preferably with a chance to meet with Ph.D.’s and HR currently working there to talk about daily life in the company/the kind of work they do, and the hiring process/positions available/what they look for, respectively. Our goal is that this series will be informative for younger graduate students just starting to think about career paths beyond grad school and provide older graduate students looking to move into industry positions exposure to local options and networking opportunities for their job/post-doc search. 

GWIS dues-paying members have priority registration for all industry tours!

Non-paying members interested in participating will be placed on a waitlist until an open spot is available.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

Previous events have included:

“Women Don’t Ask” negotiation skills seminar, featuring social sciences researcher, speaker, and author Sara Laschever.

COACh career workshops on career-building skills and leadership with Women in Computer Science, Graduate Women in Chemistry, and the Graduate School Professional Development office.

Previous Industry Tours

  • Promega
  • Mirus Bio
  • Illumina
  • Epic
  • State Lab of Hygiene
  • Thermo Fisher
  • Exact Sciences
  • Invenra

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