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September 2016
The fall season brings new energy and activity to our GWIS chapters - host a member drive, plan a seminar, organize networking activities with students and professionals, help out with a science fair, volunteer for leadership or communications within your chapter. Chapter-at-Large members can participate in GWIS book clubs and initiate forum discussions. When you Lead, Empower, and Connect, you open doors for your own scientific career and for others. Check out the websites of other chapters to get new ideas for your chapter. Don't have a local chapter? Consider starting one! It only takes seven founding members.

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Call for Nominations

The Nominating Committee of Graduate Women in Science invites all members to participate in nominating candidates for elected national 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.

To be included on the ballot, completed nomination forms must be received by the Nominating Committee no later than 5:00 pm on January 15, 2017. The list of candidates, along with brief biographies and photos, will be included in the Bulletin and in the Spring e-newsletter.

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
  • Member of the Board of Directors - Serves a two year term with second year as Chair, usually a past National GWIS Officer 
  • Nominating Committee Member - Serves a three year term with third year as Chair
  • Membership Secretary - Serves a two year term (*Note - the nature of this position is scheduled to change in June, 2017 and may become a committee chair position rather than an Executive Board officer)
Nominees must be members in good standing with dues paid, and must subscribe to the objectives of the GWIS.  Thank you for helping to create a stronger national organization of Graduate Women in Science!
Nomination Form
Notice for GWIS National Fellowships Program

We will start receiving applications for the 2017-2018 Fellowships on November 1, 2016. The application deadline for all GWIS Fellowships applications will be 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, January 13, 2017. Please visit our Fellowships program page for application guidelines.
Research Funding Opportunities

Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellowships are available for women pursuing doctoral degrees in aerospace-related sciences or aerospace-related engineering. Women of any nationality are eligible. Applicants must be registered in a full-time Ph.D. program in a qualifying area of science or engineering, demonstrate a superior academic record, and provide evidence of a well-defined research program in aerospace-related science or engineering. It is anticipated that 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 each will be awarded in 2017. More details can be found on our website.
Mid-Michigan Chapter Participates in Grad Resource Fair

Mid-Michigan Chapter Officers Beth Moore, Sanjana Mukherjee and Emily Frankman recently met lots of new faces and talked about the chapter at the Michigan State University Grad Resource Fair on August 27th. 
State College Chapter Member Shu Li Profiled in Penn State News

State College chapter member and Broadcaster/Bulletin contributor, Shu Li, was recently featured in the Penn State News as a student in plant biology and also appeared in a Penn State promotional video. Shu gave a shout out to GWIS in the article (found here).
September. 19–23 is Postdoc Appreciation Week!

The National Postdoctoral Association is celebrating Postdoc Appreciation Week. Take the time to express appreciation to your postdoc colleagues. If you're a postdoc, attend an event held in your honor!
Postdoc Appreciation Events
For those considering a postdoctoral position, this recent guide from Inside Higher Ed, gives helpful advice.
Million Women Mentors Update

Million Women Mentors is a collaboration of partners across the nation working to support the mission of engaging one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors to increase interest and engagement of girls and women in STEM programs and careers. Current pledges total 753,938. GWIS is committed to helping MWM meet the million pledge goal. Sign up to join the movement. You can even count a current mentoring relationship. Find out how! 
Learn More
Book Club Meets September 30th

It's not too late to join the book club discussion of Hope Jahren's Lab Girl:
"“Deeply affecting . . . a totally original work, both fierce and uplifting: a biologist’s natural history of her subjects, and herself."
Contact Gina Moreno for more information.
Free Tickets Available for 2017 Collision Conference

Collision is “America’s fastest growing tech conference” created by the team behind Web Summit. 11,000 current registrants include CEOs of both the world’s fastest growing startups and the world’s largest companies, alongside leading investors and media. GWIS has five tickets to share with our members, FREE, which confer entry to the conference as well as access to Collision satellite events, networking events and Night Summit parties. To request a ticket, contact GWIS President, Stacey Kigar.

After years of exclusion, female Antarctic scientists are finally being spotlighted. Mashable

Why do women leave engineering? Study: Group dynamics of teamwork and internships deter many women in the profession. MIT News

Female Scientists Turn to Data to Fight Lack of Representation on Panels. New York Times

How history forgot the black women behind Nasa’s space race. The Guardian

Women Ask for Raises As Much As Men Do—But Get Them Less Often. Forbes

Women Must Help Other Women Conquer STEM Fields. Motto

"You can't be what you can't see."
Marian Wright Edelman
Wanted: Stock Images - #thisiswhatascientistlookslike

Did you know there is a scarcity of stock images on the internet that depict women doing science? Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the Children’s Defense Fund, advocated for visible role models and mentors for children when she said, "You can't be what you can't see." GWIS members can change that! Take some photos of yourself and/or your co-workers in a scientific setting and send it to the Broadcaster. No need for an expensive camera - if you don't have one, your cell phone camera will do just fine! Images of researchers engaged in their lab or field work, participating in professional meetings or discussions, or giving a presentation are especially needed. They will be added to stock photos we use for the Broadcaster and can additionally be shared with the public. 

Photo tips: Make sure the subjects look natural in the photo (don't always have to be smiling or looking directly into the camera). Ensure the image is captured in adequate light and avoid including any copyrighted or trademarked materials (eg college or workplace logos) in the shot. If you have several shots, please create an on-line folder in which to share them.
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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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Laura Arneson

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