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

  • Tour the Duke Lemur Center

    Join us Saturday June 10 at 9:30 a.m. for a tour of the Duke Lemur Center! Friends and family are encouraged to attend! The tour will cost $8.60 per person and will need to be paid in advance to secure a spot. RSVP here by Thursday June 1. The Duke Lemur center is located at 3705 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27705.

  • Wikipedia Workshop

    Join GWIS Research Triangle chapter member Beth Knight and her colleague Mary D’Rozario on Monday April 24, 2017 at 6 pm at the UNC Health Sciences Library (Rm 527) for an interactive workshop on using and editing Wikipedia pages. The workshop will provide instruction in creating an account, creating a page and editing a page. If interested, Continue reading

  • 2017 NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium

    The 20th Annual NIEHS Biomedical Career Symposium will be Friday, April 21, 2017 at the EPA. This event is not one to miss! This year’s symposium will feature a keynote address by Dr. Paula Stephan, career panels on a wide variety of careers including careers in outreach or entrepreneurship, workshops to build skills such as Continue reading


  • Chapter Dues are Changing!

    GWIS Grand Chapter recently voted to unify chapter dues. This is a beneficial move GWIS National, all of the GWIS Chapters and, most importantly, for all GWIS members as it will create consistency in dues structuring across all GWIS chapters and it will save GWIS National money which they intend to use to create more Continue reading

  • GWIS Research Triangle Officer Elections

    Make a difference! Volunteer for a 1 year term.  Please see below for duties. If interested click here! Elections will be held in June. President- Develop chapter goals and provide direction, Maintain communication and coordinate activities with outside groups, Schedule and lead monthly officer meetings, Update GWIS Research Triangle website with chapter and outside events, Send monthly email Continue reading

  • Career-Building Opportunities with GWIS!

    The GWIS Development Committee has a number of career-building opportunities. If you are looking for experience in budget management, business development, grant-writing, or science communication, please reach out to GWIS Research Triangle (, and we will help you connect with GWIS National to create a customized role that will give you valuable experience you can put Continue reading

  • 2017-2018 GWIS Fellowships are now OPEN!

Past Events

  • Help GWIS Build our Outreach Activity Portfolio!

    GWIS Research Triangle is interested in hearing about your favorite activity for sharing science with the community! As we participate in several outreach events throughout the year, we are interested in expanding our activity repertoire beyond DNA extractions and basic lessons in genetic inheritance. Join us Sunday April 2 at 2 pm at Bean Traders Continue reading


  • Videri Chocolate Factory Tour!

    Please join us on Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm at the Videri Chocolate Factory (327 W. Davie Street, Sweet 100 Raleigh, NC 27601) for a tour of the factory and delicious chocolate treats. Friends and family are more than welcome to attend! RSVP here by March 17.


  • Volunteer with GWIS at the Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair!

    Join GWIS Research Triangle as we support and encourage budding scientists at the Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair on Saturday, February 11 at Hillside High School in Durham! There are two great ways to get involved. The Region 3A planning committee is looking for volunteers to serve as judges of the great science projects Continue reading