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National Activities

  • We provide a forum to discuss members’ interests, including research, employment opportunities, science outreach, education, public policy, and more.
  • We publish and distribute the SDE-GWIS Bulletin to members three times a year. The Bulletin has lead articles of interest to our members, as well as regular features such as “STEM Trek, the next generation”, “This is what a scientist looks like”, contact information for national and chapter officers, chapter news updates, profiles of fellowships winners, and information about past and/or upcoming meetings.
  • We distribute the monthly electronic newsletter, E-News, during the academic year. 
The E-News carries current information on grants, chapter activities, and SDE-GWIS members.
  • We support women graduate and undergraduate students in the sciences in a variety of ways, mostly through our chapter activities.
  • We co-sponsor scientific symposia and other projects with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and other professional organizations.
  • We occasionally participate in local, regional, or national science outreach events, festivals, or forums.
  • We recognize women who have made exceptional contributions to scientific research or science education.
  • We award fellowships in support of research, and we make grants for travel to scientific meetings.
  • We publish occasional histories of our organization, and we make membership directory information available to our members.
  • We encourage networking, friendships, and social gatherings among our members and in our chapters.

National Annual Meeting

This four-day business meeting and conference attracts SDE-GWIS members from all chapters and features leadership training, keynote speakers, research poster sessions, career workshops, honorary awards presentations, and much more. This meeting travels to different areas of the country each year at the convenience of our host chapters, and provides excellent opportunities for networking and sustaining friendships among our international membership. It is usually held in mid-June.

National Volunteer Opportunities

SDE-GWIS is a volunteer organization that encourages its members to become actively involved to support the organizational goals. | Volunteer positions include:
 Nominating Committee, Fellowships Committee (includes fellowships reviewers), Honorary Membership Awards Committee, Parliamentary Committee, Chapter Establishment Committee, Membership Committee, Public Relations Committee, Editorial Board, Development Committee, Web and Technology Committee, International Relations Committee, Newsletter and E-News contributor, and AAAS Representative. 
Contact the Executive Director or any officer for more information about each position or see our page.

Chapter Activities

As a member of SDE-GWIS you will automatically be invited to visit and join your nearest local chapter, of which there are 20 at present. Chapters develop unique projects for attaining the organization’s goals. Activities may include: participation in mentoring programs, support of local science fairs, sponsorship of college students’ receptions, workshops or career days, brown bag lunches, or speakers bureau participation. Some chapters meet regularly to hear members, as well as outside speakers, address topics of interest. Many have picnics to start or end the year, holiday parties, field trips, or other social events. Occasionally each chapter responds to the opportunity to host the annual National Meeting and Conference.

Chapter dues are in addition to the national dues. See the chapters section for chapter contacts.
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