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. Susan Lyons (2017-2018), Dr. Kathleen McCann (2016-2017); 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


  • Nominate yourself for the next GWIS leadership team!

    Are you interested in making an impact in STEM outreach in the Triangle area in North Carolina? Then you might be just the person GWIS Research Triangle is looking for to be a part of the 2019-2020 GWIS RT Leadership Team! 

  • CLOSED: Volunteer for 2019 Spring into STEM™: Science outreach for middle school girls!

    We are excited to announce our continued collaboration with Young Women in Bio RTP (Young WIB) and Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE) at North Carolina Central University to host the 2019 Spring Into STEM™: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists. This is a science outreach event for middle school girls that will be held at BRITE on Saturday, April 27 from 9am – 12 noon. Volunteers can sign up here!

  • Applications for 2019 Dr. Jennifer Leigh Ingram Travel Award are now closed

    Research Triangle, NC Chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) has established a travel award in honor of Dr. Jennifer Leigh Ingram. This award is given to defray some of the costs that female graduate students incur while traveling to national or other major scientific meetings where they are presenting the results of their research.

Past Events