Graduate Women in Science

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is an interdisciplinary society of scientists that encourage women to enter and achieve success in science through full participation in their scientific research and its applications; in the development and advancement of women; in the integration of their careers, personal goals, and society’s needs; and by professional networking and mutual inspiration. GWIS members are working professionals, post-doctoral fellows, and graduate students with connections to STEM fields.

The Research Triangle (formerly Rho Tau) chapter was established in 2009 in RTP, North Carolina, as a chapter of Graduate Women in Science ( The Research Triangle chapter received it’s charter for establishment of an GWIS chapter on June 20th 2009 during the National meeting held in Raleigh.

Charter members of the chapter were: Jennifer Ingram, Winnell Newman, Kelly Mercier, Mary Jane Cunningham, Liz Turpin, Carolyn Fisher, and Erica Tsai.

Past presidents: Dr. Sarah Council (2015-2016); Dr. Shraddha Desai (2014-2015); Dr. Jennifer Shields (2013-2014); Dr. Rochelle Mikkelsen (2012-2013); Dr. Ana Muresan (2011-2012); Dr. Elaina Howard (2011); Dr. Kelly Mercier (2010-2011); Dr. Jennifer Ingram (2009-2010)

Upcoming Events

  • Wine & Design Networking Party

    Please join us on Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at Wine & Design in Chapel Hill (Glen Lennox Shopping Center, 1201-D Raleigh Rd, Hwy. 54, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) for an awesome evening of painting and socializing/networking with women scientists from around the Triangle! Wine & Design provides the painting supplies and all Continue reading

  • TechnoQuest 2016: Girl Scouts Outreach at Meredith College

    Volunteer for an outreach opportunity with local Girl Scouts at TechnoQuest 2016! TechnoQuest 2016 is an event where hands-on workshops are presented to Girl Scouts to increase their awareness of science and technology.  The event is on Saturday, November 12 at Meredith College in Raleigh.  If you are interested in volunteering sign up here by November 4!  

  • Media Training and Communication Workshop on Oct. 19

    Do you know how to effectively describe your work to non-scientists? Could your communication skills be polished? If so, you should join us on Oct. 19 from 6-8 pm at the NCSU Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC, 850 Oval Drive, Raleigh NC) Rm. 119 for an engaging workshop led by Matt Shipman. Matt Shipman is a Public Communications Specialist Continue reading

  • Grant Writing Workshop on Oct. 15!

    Join Dr. Hannah Burrack on Saturday Oct. 15 from 2-4 p.m. at the UNC Health Sciences Library, Room 527, for a grant writing workshop! Dr. Burrack is an Entomologist and Pest Management Specialist at NCSU and teaches a course on fellowship and grant writing in the biological sciences. This workshop will help us trouble shoot the grant Continue reading


  • GWIS Research Triangle Recognized for Participation in BBF Event

    GWIS Research Triangle was recently recognized for our participation in the 4th Annual Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation’s SMART Scholars workshop held at the Friday Institute at North Carolina State University. The theme for this year’s event was “Wild about Bioinformatics.” Over 10 GWIS volunteers helped to present two different activities, including a DNA extraction of their own DNA, to over Continue reading

  • Rho Tau in the news!

    Rho Tau was recently featured in an article about the importance of STEM outreach. The article, written by former Rho Tau president, Dr. Sarah Council, highlights the need for STEM outreach and discusses how the triangle community is working to bridge the gap between the STEM professionals and the public. She cites the recent 95th Continue reading

  • National Conference in Review

    Rho Tau (Research Triangle Park Chapter) welcomed over 60 scientists to the 95th annual GWIS conference on June 25th!  Scientists (both male and female) 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 Continue reading

  • Special Thank you’s for GWIS Conference!

    The 2016 GWIS National Conference was organized entirely by Rho Tau Officers and our volunteer committee, whose dedication and wisdom made this possible. I thank you for your time and effort towards making this a great meeting. Special thank you’s for our conference speakers and of course Winnell Newman (NCSU) Dr. Sarah Council Conference Director Continue reading

Explore the Triangle with GWIS

  • Explore the Triangle with GWIS!

    Next Stop: October 26 at 6 pm at Maple View Farm (6900 Rocky Ridge Rd, Chapel Hill, NC). Do you enjoy good food, good drink and good company? Would you like to get to know the GWIS community and the local food scene better? Join GWIS Research Triangle on the last Wednesday of every month as Continue reading

Past Events

  • Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation S.M.A.R.T. SCHOLARS

    July 16, 2016

    Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation: August 13 from 8:30am to 2:30pm Come volunteer for the 4th annual Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation S.M.A.R.T Scholars Science Workshop for Girls. For more information please go to their website This year’s theme is Wild about Bioinformatics. The Brilliant and Beautiful Foundation has collaborated with Bioinformatics and Biotechnology professionals in Continue reading


  • National Conference 2016 Logistics

    June 10, 2016

    Welcome to the Graduate Women in Science 2016 National Conference here in Raleigh! The Rho Tau chapter is so glad you are here! For participants attending Thursday and Friday pre-conference (including National GWIS Leadership), click here Conference Participants: Registration will open on Saturday June 25th at 8am in the main lobby of the Biomanufacturing Training and Continue reading


  • Deep River Brewing Social and Tour

    April 14, 2016

    Greenville, NC, home to East Carolina University and several biotech companies, has just established a new chapter (Epsilon Chi) of Graduate Women in Science, and the Rho Tau Chapter out of Research Triangle Park wants to welcome them with open arms!  Join us in welcoming the newest members to the GWIS family by attending a Continue reading