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June 2017 GWIS Connect

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June 2017
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • GWIS National Conference 
  • Committee Volunteers Needed
  • National Officer Elections
  • Survey on Women in STEM
  • Chapter News
The GWIS Lead webinar series will not be active during the summer and there will be no Lead or Empower newsletters in June. In July, we will be having a special summer edition of Lead and Empower spotlighting the theme of science activism. Have a wonderful month!
Last chance to register!
Are you ready to propel your science career to the next level? Learn from successful scientists who will teach you the skills you need to thrive in a 21st century market. Network with scientists and industry leaders, get advice on career advancement, and learn effective communication techniques. This is an event you won’t want to miss! Learn more about the 2017 GWIS National Conference and register today. Deadline for registration is Thursday, June 8th.

Traveling to Sioux Falls for the Conference?

For the first time, we are offering teleconferencing for both business meetings! 

For a reduced ticket price, join us remotely for the National Council and Grand chapter meeting. Tickets are available for individuals as well as whole chapters!
Come and go as you please, the meetings will run from 8am until 5pm.
Committee Members Needed!

Ready to get your feet wet participating at the national level of GWIS? Are you looking for opportunities to gain leadership skills? Consider signing up for a GWIS committee! We have several committees that need you to make sure they are successful this coming year. Check out our website to learn more about our standing and ad hoc committees. Find one that interests you? Contact Stacey Kigar at or Michelle Booze at to sign up!
Officer elections will take place during the Grand Chapter meeting in Sioux Falls, SD on June 16, 2017. Current officers, committee chairs, and representatives from your chapters may participate in voting per Grand Chapter representation as defined in the national bylaws. Click here to see a description of the candidates.
Survey on Women in STEM

The Technical University of Munich in Germany is conducting a study about the effects of digitalization in the workforce, specifically on how it affects female workers. The survey takes around 20 minutes to complete, is completely anonymous, and respondents can submit their email upon completion in order to receive the study results. Note - an error in the survey has caused the German phrase "Vereinigte Staaten" to be substituted for United States in the question on home country.
Take Survey
Chapter News
Rita Colwell Receives Prestigious Vannevar Bush Award

National Capitol chapter member and national honorary member, Dr. Rita Colwell has received the 2017 Vannevar Bush Award. The annual award from the National Science Board is given to lifelong leaders who have made substantial contributions to the welfare of the nation through public service activities in science, technology, and public policy. Dr. Colwell is being honored for her vital work in health, water, and global infectious diseases.

Mid-Michigan Chapter hosts end of year picnic

Mid-Michigan Chapter hosted their end of year picnic in May! Everyone had a great time celebrating their outgoing and incoming leadership and recognizing GWIS members who are graduating.

Chicago Chapter hosts Science Talks

Chicago Chapter recently hosted a Science Talks event where members gave presentations on their scientific to a general audience. Speakers represented both postdocs and graduate students who worked in various fields. The event was a great success and the speakers were all applauded for their great public speaking skill. 

Hawaii Chapter has end of year potluck

Hawaii Chapter members got together and celebrated end of the year with a potluck party! Everyone had a fun, relaxing time with good food and great friends! 

Upcoming events
East Central

Chicago, IL
June 28th, 6:00 pm, Annual Fundraiser with Silent Auction and Raffle Prizes. For more info, contact the chapter.

State College, PA  
June 21. Materials REU Seminar (Physics, Materials Science, Engineering, and Chemistry). Penn State Campus (building TBD). Graduate school life overview: Application and Others. Contact Jennifer Miller or Kelsey Schlegel for more information. 

July 13. Chemical Engineering REU Seminar (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry). Penn State Campus (building TBD). Graduate school life overview: Application and Others. Contact Jennifer Miller or Kelsey Schlegel for more information.
West Central

Eastern South Dakota
June 10. The 6th Annual It's All About Science Festival. Contact the chapter for volunteering opportunity or information. 
June 15-17. Annual GWIS National Meeting, The 21st Century Scientist: Skills for Success”. Sioux Falls, SD. For more info, visit chapter website.

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About GWIS

Founded in 1921, Graduate Women in Science is an inter-disciplinary society of scientists who collectively seek to advance the participation and recognition of women in science and to foster research through grants, awards and fellowships. We comprise over 20 active chapters of more than 800 women who are "United in Friendship through Science" to support and inspire member professional goals and mutual appreciation of science. Learn more at

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PO Box 580140 
Minneapolis, MN 55458

Stacey Kigar

Jane Sharer Maier

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