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National Conference

Our national conference is usually held in June and is hosted by a different chapter each year; it is a great platform to meet fellow members face to face and provides a venue for GWIS members from all chapters to interact, network, learn about key issues in science, and get more involved in the organization.


The conference features leadership training, keynote speakers, research poster sessions, career workshops, honorary awards presentations, and much more!



Three main events take place during our National Conference:


National Council meeting

(Held on Thursday)

The official business meeting of the National GWIS organization. National council members, including all elected and appointed members, are highly encouraged to attend. Members interested in leadership positions are invited to attend and learn how GWIS operates on the National level.


National grand chapter meeting

(Held on Friday)

The supreme governing body of the organization consisting of the National Council and the delegates from each chapter. All members are invited to attend and participate in the National Grand Chapter meeting. This meeting consists of reports from each chapter, as well as a discussion of present and future National activities.


Scientific conference

(Held on Saturday)

Members attend a series of lectures by prominent scientists, ranging from professional development seminars and career panels to tips on grant writing and talking science with the public. Attendees are also encouraged to share their own research during the poster session. There are plenty of opportunities for networking as well!



Travel Grants

Every year we offer eight awards of $250 to help offset the costs of travel to the National Grand Chapter meeting. Because only one award per chapter is available, interested persons should contact their local chapter leadership to coordinate the application. Contact for more information and to apply. Travel awards are granted on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Current Conference

This year’s conference will take place on:

June 11-13, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan

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