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June 2016
GWIS 2016 National Conference is June 23-25

Research Triangle Chapter (Rho Tau) is proud to host the 2016 GWIS National Conference on June 23-25, 2016. Please register by June 17th. During the National meeting, scientists from all career stages will have the opportunity to network, share their science and gain first-hand science outreach experience at a local science museum. GWIS business meetings are Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24, with Grand Chapter meeting on the 24th. The scientific symposium and banquet is Saturday, June 25. The key note speaker will be Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Outreach for the College of Sciences at NC State University. Also featured will be panel discussions on science literacy and the role of STEM professionals in science outreach as well as poster presentations and talks from GWIS scientists. The day will end with a banquet, silent auction and a talk by author Scott Huler on science outreach in the 21st century.

The registration deadline for science outreach participation at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and for poster presentation at the symposium has passed.
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State College Chapter Thrives at Penn State

Association with the University as a student group allows for access to funding resources for 30+ events during the year.

Submitted by Anna Bloom
Since the establishment of the Nu Chapter of Graduate Women in Science in 1936 (now State College Chapter), the chapter has served the women in science at The Pennsylvania State University and the surrounding areas. While many of our members are affiliated with the University, we are always excited to host members from the community. Being a university town, we attract men and women from all over the world with varying areas of expertise and experience.

As the oldest women’s organization on campus, State College continues to be one of the most active chapters of GWIS, hosting over 30 events per year. Our mission is to promote and support women’s interests in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), facilitate networking among women in STEM at Penn State and nationally, and provide a vehicle for women’s recognition as STEM scientists. State College chapter takes advantage of all resources provided to us by the university to fulfill this mission.

Among the many events hosted by State College chapter, we were especially excited to host the GWIS National Meeting in 2015, making it possible for us to get to know the wonderful GWIS women from around the country. The chapter worked hard to find speakers that fit the theme of “Beyond the Bench” and showcased the non-traditional sides of science, including museum science, data visualization, and many others.

In addition to our monthly meetings, we hold many events throughout the academic year. Our established programs include “Inside the Scientist’s Studio,” our monthly Brown Bag discussion series, Grad School 101, the semi-annual Girl Scout Workshop, a Women in STEM week, as well as monthly outreach activities and an annual professional development conference. To unite us in friendship through science, we hold social events each month for all members. Our GWIS officers hosted a summer picnic, ice cream social, snow tubing event, ice skating, Art and Wine night, and our annual “Friendsgiving,” which allows members to share favorite dishes from their families and from other countries.

The largest event hosted by State College chapter every year since 2005 is the annual Voices Conference, which involves students, post-docs, faculty, and professionals in STEM fields. Participants are provided with opportunities to find out how successful women and men in the STEM fields have approached their education, career, and personal life. The breakout sessions and panel discussion groups offer time to share ideas, successes, and challenges with other students, post-docs, faculty, and professionals. This year’s theme was “Communication,” and invited speakers spoke about their experiences with communication and its importance in their careers. This year, two morning workshops featured Alaina Levine, author of “Networking for Nerds,” and Dawn Luthe, professor of Plant Biology from Penn State. Keynote speaker, Dr. Kimberly Ennico-Smith, a deputy project scientist on the New Horizons Pluto Fly-by Mission, discussed her first-hand knowledge of dealing with a project receiving significant media attention on a global scale and working with a multi-disciplinary team to accomplish a common goal. A panel featuring a variety of Penn State faculty and staff also shared their experiences with professional science communication.

Our semi-annual Girl Scout Workshops hosted record numbers of local Girl Scouts this year, with 70-80 Girl Scouts attending from the central Pennsylvania area. During this event, groups of GWIS members and other graduate students organize 20-minute workshop activities based on a set theme for Girl Scouts ages 8-14.  This year our themes were “Engineering and Innovation” in the Fall and “Non-Traditional Scientists” in the Spring.  During the Spring workshop we had two undergraduate speakers, one a dance minor and the other a published author, talk about how they incorporate their interests into their science in unconventional ways.
State College chapter is very active within the community as well. Our members volunteered on behalf of GWIS in many outreach activities this year, including “Think Outside the Beaker,” Haunted U haunted lab tours and a demo show, Exploration U “Make Your Own Comet” demo, participation in “Expanding Your Horizons,” a STEM Career Day for Young Women, “Rainbow milk” at a local Elementary School, and the You Be the Chemist Challenge demo.  
All in all, it has been a wonderful year for us here at State College! We look forward to both new and familiar faces and all of the exciting things to come!

Nu/State College Chapter is officially registered with Pennsylvania State University as a student organization, making it eligible for $5,000-$10,000 in funding annually for its programs. To find out more about the State College Chapter experience in garnering university funding, contact chapter past president and executive mentor, Anna Bloom.
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 GWIS Reminders 

The 2016 GWIS elections will take place at the national meeting on June 23rd.
View the nominees for GWIS officers.
Chicago (Eta) Chapter Travel Awards The 2016 Eta Chapter travel awards have been given to Katie Heffernan, M.S. and Gabriella Szewczyk. Katie is an instructor of anatomy in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University and will be using her funds to complete field work examining dental wear rates in Propithecus diadema in the forests of Tsinjoarivo, Madagascar. Gabriella is a DMD/PhD student at UIC and will be presenting her work, titled Rgg Quorum Sensing Receptors Modulate Gene Expression in Streptococcus Mutants at the ASM Conference on Streptococcal Genetics in Washington, DC.
Madison (Beta) Chapter Fellowships  The Beta Chapter Ruth Dickie fellowships have been awarded to Maribeth Kniffin and Rosabeth Link. Maribeth seeks to develop nuanced and incremental solutions to complex water resource management problems using the Central Sands region of Wisconsin as her model community. Rosabeth investigates the role of floral scent in the evolution of the genus Salix (willows), a dioecious and primarily insect-pollinated group. 

Congratulations to all award recipients!
Research Funding Resources  

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Career Resources

A host of resources has been published recently for building and strengthening your STEM career. Check out these helpful articles!

Creating a Five Year Career Plan. Fortune

Making the Most of School. Agencies and institutions strive to better prepare graduate students and postdocs for futures in academia and beyond. The Scientist

Learning the lessons of networking. Science

A networking playbook, part 2. Science

How To Get A Job Referral After An Industry Networking Event. Cheeky Scientist

Five Jobs for the Ph.D. Transitioning into Industry. White Consulting, LLC

The perils of an industrial job interview. CrossTalk

Success Strategies From Women in STEM. ScienceDirect and Amazon

Postdoc Mysteries. Science

Gender Gap in Science Publishing.Study reveals trends in the frequency of female first authors on medical studies.  The Scientist

Young women in STEM fields earn up to one-third less than men. Science Daily

Do I have to leave to launch? How can an entrepreneur run a company without having to exit academia? Science

EEOC Focuses on Diversity Issues in High-Tech Sector. Bloomberg BNA

Maria Zuber elected as chair of the National Science Board. For the first time, women will hold both of the board’s top leadership positions. MIT News

Gender gap: Female Essex University staff get one-off salary increase. iNews

Vague Feedback Is Holding Women Back. Harvard Business Review

5 Ways Scientific Research Is Failing Women. Bustle
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