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January 2018 GWIS Connect

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January 2018
GWIS Connect is a periodical for GWIS national and chapter news.  Subscribe
In This Issue
  • Accepting Fellowship Applications
  • Annual Meeting in Iowa City
  • Call for Nominations
  • Science Talk
  • AMS Fellowship Opportunities
  • L'Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship

There will be no GWIS Lead or GWIS Empower published this month. Best wishes in the New Year!
Accepting Fellowship Applications

We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 GWIS Fellowships Program! Since 1941, the GWIS National Fellowships Program has awarded hundreds of thousands of dollars to empower women in the early stage of a STEM career. Please check our website for guidelines and application instructions, and make sure to read the FAQ section for further information. The deadline for all GWIS Fellowships will be 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, January 12th, 2018.
Apply for the GWIS Fellowship
Join Us in Iowa City this Summer!

The Iowa City Chapter will be hosting the GWIS annual business meetings on Friday and Saturday, June 15th and 16th, as well as a scientific conference on Saturday, June 16th. The conference will include informative panels, a poster session for undergraduate and graduate students, a banquet dinner, and a keynote speaker.

The business meetings and conference will take place at the Iowa Memorial Union, 125 N Madison St., Iowa City, IA 52245. A block of hotel rooms will be reserved at the Iowa House Hotel, which is conveniently located in the same building! A code will be released shortly for a special rate of $95 per night (includes parking, breakfast, WiFi, and access to campus recreation facilities). 

Hope to see you there!

Iowa House Hotel
Graduate Women in Science National Leadership

The Nominating Committee of Graduate Women in Science invites all members to participate in nominating candidates for elected offices.  This may be done individually or collectively through the chapter in which you hold membership. Do not overlook nominating yourself. The Nominating Committee is interested in receiving the names of everyone who is interested in serving in a national office.

Nominations may be submitted electronically:

The list of candidates along with brief biographies and photos, will be included in Connect newsletters in the spring. 

To be included on the ballot, completed nomination forms must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than 5:00 pm EST on February 9th, 2018

Nominees are needed for the following National Offices:
  • President-Elect  (Serves one year, automatically advances to President)
  • Vice President (Serves one year, advances by election to President-Elect)
  • Treasurer (Serves a two year term)
  • Corresponding and Recording Secretary (Serves a two year term)
  • Member of the Board of Directors (Serves a five year term, usually a past National GWIS Officer)
  • National At-Large Member Delegate (Serves a three year term)
  • Nominating Committee Member (Serves a three year term with third year as Chair)
  • Membership Committee Member (Serves a three year term with third year as Chair)
Nominees must be in good standing with dues paid, and must subscribe to the objectives of GWIS. Thank you for helping to create a stronger Graduate Women in Science national organization.
Science Talk

Interested in networking, talking science, or learning how to better communicate your science? Attend Science Talk '18 in Portland, Oregon on March 1-2, 2018.
Science Talk
AMS Fellowship Opportunities

The deadlines for  American Meteorological Society graduate fellowships are January 12th ($25,000) and the history of science fellowship application is due February 2nd ($15000).
AMS Graduate Fellowship
AMS History of Science Fellowship
2018 L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowship
The L'Oréal USA for Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. 

Applications for the 2018 L'Oréal USA for Women in Science program will open on December 4th, 2017 and are due by February 2nd, 2018. Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline
L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowship
Chapter News
The Hawaii Chapter helped out with Girls on the Run of Hawaii Fall 2017 5k Race on November 18th, 2017! The team organized some outreach activities and ran alongside some of the girls as their personal "Running Buddy." Girls on the Run is a great organization empowering young girls by teaching them life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games

The Greater Maryland Chapter co-hosted with the Hood College Graduate School a Speed Mentoring event in November 2017. This was a fast-paced event that included not only incredible speed mentoring by women in STEM, but also useful "key bytes" on LinkedIn, interview skills, and salary negotiation. The event was a success with great turnout and insightful lessons.
The Research Triangle Chapter members and friends celebrated the holidays at the 4th Annual Charity Casino Night at Research Square in Durham. Participants brought a gift to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and in exchange received chips to play poker games. With generous sponsors and dedicated organizing team, the event was a big win for everyone. Happy holidays!

Upcoming events
East Central

Chicago, IL
January, date TBD. Science Talks. Goethe Institut. To volunteer or for more info, contact the chapter.

Greater Maryland  
January 10th, Cheese 101: Everything you need to know about Cheese. Crisafulli's Cheese Shop (8 E. 2nd Street, Suite 104, Frederick). This is a private GM-GWIS event, $35/person. For more info, contact the chapter

January 20th, 9:00a.m. GWIS Social Event at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary. The event is free and families are welcome. Contact the chapter for more info or if a ride is needed.  
West Central

Madison, WI
February 4th, 8:30p.m., Geeks Who Drink Trivia. Buck & Badger. Contact the chapter or visit their website for more info. 

Los Angeles, CA
February 4th, 9:00-3:00p.m. Industry careers conference - Across the STEMverse. RSVP here or contact the chapter

Twin Cities, MN
January 9th, 5:30-8:00pm, Dr. Ann-Marie Thomas, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas, Incorporating playfulness and creativity in teaching and research. Davanni's, 41 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul. More info 

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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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