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May 2017 GWIS Connect

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May 2017
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • National Meeting
  • March for Science photo sharing
  • GWIS Reminders
  • Empower preview
  • Chapter News

This month's featured scientist is Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-Fernández, Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Marshall University. She will lead a webinar discussion on Work/Life Balance on Wednesday, May 17th, 1 pm EST and be featured in an interview later this month in GWIS Lead. Look for details to sign up in next week's issue of GWIS Empower
2017 GWIS National Conference, June 15th-17th, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success
Why attend the GWIS National Conference?
  • Network with GWIS members from across the country and around the globe
  • Learn new skills essential for success as a 21st century scientist
  • Support and empower women in science
Don’t delay, register today! Plan your trip to the 2017 GWIS National Conference in Sioux Falls, SD, June 15th-17th. Book flights to Sioux Falls and make hotel reservations at a downtown Sioux Falls hotel. Conference attendees will receive special pricing at the Holiday Inn City Centre located within walking distance of all Conference events. Exclusive GWIS pricing for the hotel is $93/night plus taxes and fees. Book online by May 15th using code Graduate Women in Science.
Share your research at the Conference on Saturday, June 17th.  Now accepting posters showcasing STEM research from graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st place ($300) and second place ($150). Learn more about the poster competition and register your poster today! The registration deadline is May 19th.
Frequently Asked Questions: Do you have questions about the GWIS National Conference? View our FAQ page or contact us at

Did you attend the March for Science on April 22? Share your photos with other GWIS members on our website! We are compiling an album to commemorate the experience for all GWIS members. Use our forum to discuss your experiences with the march.
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GWIS Reminders

GWIS Elections will take place during the Grand Chapter meeting in Sioux Falls, SD on June 16, 2017. Candidates for 2017 GWIS National Officers have been announced and can be found on our website.

The first GWIS Orientation Webinar will take place on June 5th, 2017 at 5PM EST (2PM PST). GWIS President, Dr. Stacey Kigar, will provide a general overview of our organization, information on our current work, and ways for members to get more involved with GWIS. We hope you will join us! Please register by May 22nd, 2017.
Next Week in GWIS Empower
  • Sign up for mentoring webinar with Dr. Rosalynn Quiñones-Fernández
  • Great Expectations, an essay about expectations for balancing a stimulating research career with family life by Dr. Shu Li, recent Penn State graduate.
  • A compilation of resources for balancing work and family life.
  • Your responses to our survey as to how your workplace supports working mothers.
Chapter News
Dr. Patricia Silveyra of Hershey, PA Chapterassistant professor of pediatrics and a research associate in the Penn State College of Medicine, was recently awarded one of the two University’s “All In at Penn State” achievement awards. The honor recognizes a student, faculty or staff member for embodying the University’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. Dr. Silveyra was also a recipient of the 2012 GWIS Adele Grant Lewis Fellowship (the highest ranking applicant nationwide). Her laboratory investigates various genetic and environmental factors that contribute to the development of asthma. 

State College Chapter Has a Successful Girl Scout Workshop
Members of the State College chapter held their Bi-annual Girl Scout workshop with the theme "Think like a Scientist." On April 9th, seventh, eighth, and ninth grade young women interested in learning more about STEM came to the event to learn some hands-on science activities and practice critical thinking skills. 

Mid-Michigan Holds Painting Social
Members of the Mid-Michigan chapter gathered to enjoy great company and showcase their creativity. The results were stunning and a good time was had by all!


Upcoming events
East Central

Chicago, IL
March 22, 6:00 pm. General election night featuring science talks from GWIS members. Goethe Institut (150 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL). For more info, contact the chapter.


State College, PA  
May 22, 12:30 pm. STEM Outreach class demos. Lemont Elementary school (State College, PA) kindergarten class. For more info on volunteering and carpooling, contact Nicole or Matt.

Research Triangle, NC
May 27, 1:00 pm. Celebration of Women in Science Symposium. Duke University’s Love Auditorium (Rm B101). Register here or visit chapter website for more information.

June 10, 9:30 am. Tour the Duke Lemur Center. The tour will cost $8.60 per person and will need to be paid in advance to secure a spot. Contact chapter to RSVP by Thursday June 1.

West Central

Madison, WI
May 3, 5:30 pm. Dinner and Conversation: Perspectives and Strategies towards Gender Bias. Location TBD. Contact chapter to RSVP.

Eastern South Dakota
May 6, Girl Scout Big Event! Girl scout troops from all over South Dakota gather to learn about STEM from local science and technology companies. Contact chapter for more information.

Twin Cities, MN
May 3, 5:45-7:00 pm, University of Minnesota, East Bank Campus, Moos Tower, Room 5-125. Free event!: Transitioning from Graduate School to a “Real Job” (Postdoc, Industry Positions, and More!) featuring a career panel discussion. Contact chapter for more information.

May 9, 5:30-8:00 pm, Monthly meeting. Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden and Bird Sanctuary tour, 1 Theodore Wirth Pkwy, Minneapolis, MN. 
8:15 pm, Utepils Brewery meetup, 225 Thomas Ave N # 700, Minneapolis, MN. More info.

May 12, 2017 at 3:00pm. GWIS Hawai'i Chapter End-of-Year Social. POST 601. RSVP here or contact the chapter for more info.

International Chapter
International Chapter officers would like to re-organize their chapter mailing list.  Members not receiving the International newsletter or emails or would like to start receiving them can send a request to the chapter.

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