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October 2019 Connect

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October 2019
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • Coffee and Conversations
  • GWIS Mentoring and Outreach Committee is looking for more members
  • Breaking Glass Ceiling Socks
  • Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology 
  • Chapter News
October Coffee and Conversations

Join us on online on Thursday, Oct. 17 to chat with Nate Jones about personal finance. Nate is a Financial Adviser with Merrill Lynch and he’s excited to share useful information with GWIS members to set us up for financial success. He also wants to know what you want to learn about! So sign up, and share your questions and topics of interest in the registration form, and we’ll be sure to address them. Being in charge and in control of your money is a great feeling, and it’s never too early to start. Managing and saving/investing your money well now also gives you more freedom in other parts of your life (i.e. you don’t have to take a job just because you need money), so it’s critical to master this topic early on. But too often we put off thinking about money until after graduate school or other training. 


Date: Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019

Time: 4pm EST/3pm CST/1pm PST/10am HST

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Want to join the Mentoring and Outreach Committee?


The Mentoring and Outreach Committee is looking for new members! This committee organizes the monthly Mentoring Virtual Conversations, which includes the following activities:

·         Brainstorming conversation topics of interest to trainees and faculty members

·         Networking with individuals to feature in the conversations

·         Promoting the virtual conversations

·         Facilitating virtual conversations


This committee also has an Outreach branch that works to support GWIS chapters with resources and information to help them plan stellar outreach events in their community. We are also open to hosting our own outreach events, so there is a lot of room for creativity and innovation in this committee!

Interested? Send your CV and a short statement about why you are interested in this committee to

Breaking Glass Ceiling Socks

One of our members, Alice Edwards, has designed a sock to encourage women empowerment and support women in STEM, and is collaborating with our International GWIS chapter to donate 25% of the net proceeds to the International GWIS chapter. Why empowerment socks? While Alice works as a business consultant and is completing her Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology because of her passion for helping individuals overcome all types of discrimination and adverse impact in the workplace, her first degree was in Fashion Design, and after seeing a bunch of other other non-empowering socks being sold in novelty stores, she came up with the idea of designing socks with a more positive goal of motivating, encouraging, and empowering positive change. Alice hopes that wearing the socks will help inspire the wearer, possibly help strike up conversations and encourage further leadership, and also provide another funding opportunity to raise money for worthy causes like GWIS. You can check out the socks at

 Wittig Postdoctoral Fellowship in Feminist Biology 

Department of Gender & Women’s Studies 

University of Wisconsin-Madison 

The Wittig Postdoctoral Fellows Program in Feminist Biology offers the opportunity to combine research in a Fellow’s specific area of interest with teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We seek a highly motivated new or recent PhD in one of the biological sciences or public health or MD, who wants to develop research skills in an area of biology related to gender and teaching skills in feminist approaches to biology. Research can be conducted in any hosting faculty lab at the University; the agreement to host should be specified in the research proposal. During the two-year fellowship, the Fellow will also teach one undergraduate course per semester for the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies (GWS) such as GWS 530, Biology and Gender. GWS will provide mentorship in teaching as well as in feminist theory and methods. The second year of the postdoc is contingent on satisfactory performance in the first year. 

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, CV, 5-page research proposal, signed agreement from a hosting lab, and contact information for three references (one of whom is head of the hosting lab) to: Elizabeth Morris, Please use “Postdoctoral application – your name” in the subject line. The deadline for applications for 2020-22 is February 12, 2020

The Wittig postdoc is administered through the Center for Research on Gender & Women (CRGW) For further information, contact the CRGW administrator, Elizabeth Morris,, or the CRGW Director, Prof. Janet Hyde,

For more information, go to:

Chapter News
Graduate Women in Science University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter volunteered at the Wisconsin Science Expeditions Festival in April. This event focused on introducing kids to different science projects with fun activities. Multiple groups came in and did set up tables with kid friendly scientific projects. The genetics department had DNA bracelets and key chain making while Toxicology graduate students taught about dose-response. This event was planned by Taylor Fields and Mary Spraggs (outreach coordinators). 

During the last week of May, Graduate Women in Science University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter also had an end of the year Chapter Bonfire in the University nature preserve. Members got together to celebrate a semester well done! This event was organized by Nicole Lane (social coordinator). 
Graduate Women in Science - Eastern North Carolina Chapter organized a fundraiser Trivia night at a local brewing company in January this year. They had some cash prizes at the event as well.

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International Chapter

If interested in participating in the International Chapter's WhatApp group, please send an email to International Chapter with the subject “Whatsapp for International”. 

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