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July 2016
A Message from the GWIS President
- Stacey Kigar

Greetings from your newly elected President of Graduate Women in Science!

It is an honor and a privilege to serve this extraordinary group of women, and I would like to thank the many volunteers whose tireless efforts keep our organization running smoothly. By now you are aware of the big changes that began last year under Dr. Laura Havens' leadership -- GWIS got a facelift, dropped the Greek naming system, and vastly restructured our internal committee system to more effectively serve our members' needs. While the bane of change is the concomitant anxiety about what the future holds, this organization has not just survived alterations to our appearance, name, and strategic plan since our initial founding in 1921; we have thrived. In other words, the exterior may have undergone an overhaul, but the interior -- our core mission -- has endured. We exist to Connect women scientists into one powerful network, to Empower those women to excel in their careers through fellowships and support, and to Lead the next generation of women scientists.  

We are a formidable group of people who face untold daily challenges. As I neared my Presidency, I began considering what toll these daily struggles take on us, and how GWIS might help. I looked to our motto, "United in Friendship Through Science", for inspiration and realized that the strength of GWIS is its ability to bring women from all over the world and at all stages of life and career together into one place. At our most recent National Meeting, for example, a group of us sat down after the last business meeting to decompress; as I looked around the table I saw women in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s simply hanging out and chatting. I saw similarities between us, not differences. That, to me, is a hugely important aspect of what makes us special. This year I will work hard to capitalize on our strengths in unity. I have several pet projects in mind, including using my network and experience in the field of mental health to provide a safe, protected space for members to attend webinars and to discuss the unique issues that affect women in science as they transition through their careers and balance work and family life. Look for more information on this and other projects in the next Bulletin!

Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't address the variety of heinous incidences of fear and hatred occurring throughout our world. GWIS proudly supports cultural, religious, political, and personal diversity and promote the ideas of unity and friendship. I encourage you all to talk to each other, love each other, support each other, help each other make sense of what is happening, and get involved in your communities. I also encourage you to use the various opportunities our website, and social media accounts provide to start a dialogue. Healing starts when we acknowledge a problem and begin to address it. 

Again, it is an honor to serve you as President. I want to encourage members to provide feedback and take ownership of this organization. We wouldn't exist without your loyal support, for the last 95 years, and the next 95 years. Thank you!

GWIS National Conference a Success!

Research Triangle Park Chapter welcomed over 60 scientists to the 95th annual GWIS conference on June 25th. Fourteen GWIS chapters were represented, some coming as far as 1,400 miles to participate. GWIS members and local scientists from all career stages had the opportunity to network, share their science and gain first-hand science outreach experience at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Early career scientists shared their research through traditional poster presentations and talks and also outreach-themed table presentations and short public talks. Symposia talks addressed science outreach and career advancement for women in science and an evening banquet was held at the NC State Arboretum with a featured speaker. Look for details and more photos in the next issue of the Bulletin!
New Officers Elected for GWIS National Leadership

New officers were elected on June 24th for GWIS National Leadership. Officers elected include President Stacey Kigar, President-elect Michelle Booze, Vice President Amy Belfi, Board of Directors members Melissa Mullen Davis and Jane Sharer Maier, Treasurer Allison Didychuk, Corresponding and Recording Secretary Sadiye Rieder, Omega Chapter Committee member Huan Gu, and Nominating Committee member, Sarah Council.
2016-2017 National Council Officers
Back row: Executive Board members include Bulletin Editor Dr. Rozzy Finn, President-elect Dr. Michelle Booze, President Dr. Stacey Kigar, Vice President Dr. Amy Belfi, Past President Dr. Laura Havens. Not pictured - Membership Secretary Dr. Laura Arneson, Recording & Corresponding Secretary Dr. Sadiye Rieder, Treasurer Allison Didychuk
Front row: Board of Directors Dr. Jennifer Ingram (chair), Dr. Tina Hill, Dr. Anne Pumfery, and Dr. Jane Sharer Maier. Not pictured - Dr. Melissa Mullen Davis)

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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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