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Overview: Join us in Iowa City to celebrate and explore Diverse Science! All business meetings and conference activities will take place at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), located at 125 N Madison St., Iowa City, IA 52245.

On Friday the GWIS National Council members will meet for the annual business meeting. All are welcome to join this meeting to learn more about GWIS leadership! Friday night we will gather for a welcome and networking dinner at a great local restaurant, El Bandito’s. This restaurant is just a few blocks from the Iowa Memorial Union, so it’s an easy walk to get there.


On Saturday we will host the Grand Chapter meeting. Everyone is welcome, and Chapter Presidents and National Liaisons are especially encouraged to attend.


For individuals not attending the Grand Chapter meeting on Saturday, we have all sorts of activities planned! We will start the morning by hosting an outreach event for local children in downtown Iowa City. Members of the Iowa City GWIS chapter will volunteer their time to lead fun science demonstrations for the kids. Interested in outreach? Everyone is welcome to join this activity, no registration needed!


Our “Diverse Science” conference will begin at 1pm in the 2nd floor ballroom at the IMU with a talk by Dr. Sherree Wilson, the Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. At 2:00 we will host a panel titled “What are they looking for? Skills for Diverse Careers in Science”. From 3:45-4:30, we will hear from Dr. Fatima Toor, about her experiences as a professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iowa. 

After the conversation, we will have a poster session from 4:30-6:00 pm, with awards for the top two posters. The poster session is open to all who would like to share their science, though the competition will be limited to undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers. Submit an abstract here ( before June 1st and share your science! 


We will conclude the conference Saturday night with dinner and a keynote presentation by our invited speaker, Dr. Corrie Moreau, director and associate curator at the Field Museum of Natural History. We are excited to hear about her research and her interest in science education and outreach!







The business meetings and conference will take place at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU), located at 125 N Madison St., Iowa City, IA 52245.


Iowa City is in driving distance from many major cities (Chicago, St. Louis, Minneapolis, Madison). Otherwise, the Eastern Iowa Airport (CID) is located 25 minutes from Iowa City, and the Quad Cities Airport (MLI) is located in Moline, IL, about 50 minutes away. Sometimes the MLI has cheaper fares, though transportation to Iowa City is trickier to figure out. To get to Iowa City from the CID airport, the airport offers a shuttle (around $35), taxis and rental cars are available, or let us know when you’ll be getting in and we can try to arrange a carpool!




We've reserved a block of rooms at the Iowa House Hotel, which is conveniently in the same building as the conference. Book a room online or by phone and use code 3595 for our special discount of $95 per night. Interested in finding a roommate to split the room? Email!

The $95 room rate includes taxes and fees, parking, wifi, continental 

breakfast, and access to the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (which is pretty awesome and only 3 blocks away!). Check in begins at 3:00 p.m. and check out is at 11:00 a.m. Rooms will be available until May 23rd, after which they will be released to the public, so book yours before May 23rd!


Iowa House Hotel provides complimentary parking for guests in the IMU Parking Ramp or North Parking Ramp. Guests are responsible for paying the meter if parked in metered spaces (meters are only free on Sunday, and there aren’t very many of them near the IMU). Conference attendees not staying at the Iowa House will not receive complimentary parking through the hotel, but may pay to park in the IMU Parking Ramp or North Parking Ramp. There are other parking ramps downtown or free street parking can be found but would require some walking. Uber, Lyft and taxis are available in Iowa City, as well as a reliable bus system. If you are staying at the IMU, you won’t need transportation for any activities, as all are in walking distance.


 Many of your meals will be provided if you attend the business meetings. Otherwise there are many great places to eat within walking distance of the IMU. Downtown Iowa City is just up the hill from the IMU and has local restaurants for either dinner or a quick lunch, as well as a few classic chain restaurants (Subway, Jimmy John’s, Chipotle, Pancheros). Our personal favorites are Nodo (amazing sandwiches and salads), Clinton Street Social Club (perhaps for Thursday dinner when you arrive), Short’s, and Dumpling Darling (not a ton of seating but the dumplings are so good!).

Schedule of Events

*subject to change

Friday, June 15th

9:00 - 5:00 pm -- National Council Meeting

7:00 pm -- Welcome and Networking Dinner at El Bandito’s (327 E Market St Iowa City, IA 52245)


9:30 pm -- Stargazing at the Van Allen Observatory

Saturday, June 16th

8:00 - 1:00 pm -- Grand Chapter Meeting

11:00 - 1:00 pm -- Outreach Activity at Pedestrian Mall/Iowa City Public Library

12:00 pm -- Conference check-in opens


1:00 pm -- Opening Remarks

1:15 - 2:00 pm -- Dr. Sherree Wilson, Associate Dean for Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

2:15 - 3:30 pm -- Panel: What are they looking for? Skills for Diverse Careers in Science

3:45 - 4:30 pm -- Dr. Fatima Toor, Assistant Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering & Physics and Astronomy, "Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm"


4:30 - 6:00 pm -- Diverse Science Poster Session + Sponsors/Exhibitor Tables

6:00 - 7:00 pm -- Break

7:00 pm - Buffet dinner

7:30 pm - Poster Award Winners and Speaker Introduction


7:45 - Keynote Address: Dr. Corrie Moreau, "The Evolution of Symbiosis in Ants and How I Became a Cartoon Character"



REGISTRATION: We are hosting online registration through Check or credit card options available. Registration will close one week before the event, on Friday, June 8th at midnight. We will, however, accept day-of registration and payment for just the Saturday conference if you wish to just attend the panel/talks and poster session. Cash or check will be required for day-of registration.  

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  • Friday National Council Meeting 9am-5pm ($40 for GWIS members, $50 for non-members)

    • includes breakfast, snacks + lunch

  • Friday night dinner 7pm ($25 for GWIS members & non-members)

    • includes appetizers, soup or salad, entree and sides, dessert. We will send a google form to ask for your entree choice (steak, chicken, seafood, or vegetarian options) a few weeks before the event.

  • Saturday Grand Chapter Meeting 8am - 1pm ($40 for GWIS members, $50 for non-members)

    • includes breakfast, snacks + lunch

  • Full conference package 1pm - 9pm ($60 for GWIS members, $70 for non-members)

    • includes beverages during presentations + appetizers at poster session + dinner and keynote talk

  • Saturday evening only 7pm ($55 for GWIS members, $65 for non-members)

    • includes dinner and keynote talk

  • Saturday daytime conference only 1pm - 6pm ($10 for GWIS members, $15 for non-members)

    • includes beverages during presentations + appetizers at poster session

We know it’s a lot of options, so if you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Just email  We’ll be happy to answer!

Be sure to check out the Facebook event: 2018 GWIS National Conference - Diverse Science


Thank you to our sponsors!!

Diamond Level Sponsors ($1000)

Iowa Neuroscience Institute


Psychiatric and neurological disorders are devastating to individuals, their families, and society. These disorders account for nearly one-fifth of all disability leading to ill health or early death worldwide and cost the US economy over $1 trillion per year, more than any single category of disease. Created with the transformative grant of $45 million from the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the INI seeks revolutionary discoveries in fundamental neuroscience to translate an understanding of how the brain works into clinical treatments for disorders of the brain and nervous system.

DeLTA Center

The DeLTA Center (DEvelopment, Learning, Theory and Application) is a scholarly center that brings together faculty and students from many fields of study to understand how people develop and learn, and how the science of development can be rigorously applied to real world problems.

Silver Level Sponsors ($250)

University of Iowa Graduate College

The University of Iowa (UI) Graduate College manages the enrollment and degree progress for nearly 5,000 students from over 100 graduate programs in 10 different colleges which span the Arts and Humanities, Biological Sciences, Health Sciences, Engineering, Education, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Business. The mission of the UI Graduate College is to foster an intellectual environment conducive to exemplary research, scholarship, and creativity among graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. The College ensures that the graduate programs offered by the University are of high quality and stimulate the creation of new knowledge and information, and that these efforts simultaneously benefit both graduate and undergraduate student learning. The Graduate College serves as an advocate for graduate education, allocates resources that support graduate students and programs, manages policies and procedures to establish and assess graduate programs, and fosters interdisciplinary programs.


Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience



The University of Iowa has a long tradition as a leading center for study of the nervous system and behavior, and for the training of graduate students in this area. The curriculum is designed to provide a multidisciplinary foundation in the conceptual and methodological approaches to study of the nervous system, emphasizing original, independent student research.


University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU)

University of Iowa Community Credit Union (UICCU) is a member owned financial cooperative with 17 office locations. Since being organized in 1938, UICCU has grown to be the largest credit union in Iowa with over 5 billion in assets and 175,000 members. Membership is open to anyone living or working in Iowa and 4 counties in Illinois. You can also join if you are a University of Iowa student, staff, or alumni; or a direct relative of a current member.

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