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

  • Join GWIS at Umstead State Park for a summer nature hike!

    GWIS Research Triangle invites all its members, their families, friends, and pets to a fun summer hike followed by a picnic lunch at William B. Umstead State Park.  Join us as we go for an invigorating hike followed by some yummy food, for a celebration of summer. When: 10:00 AM Saturday, August 5th, 2017    Continue reading

  • Join GWIS at the Science Cafe: When Mice Are Men

    Join fellow GWIS Research Triangle members for a discussion about sex equity in biomedical research at the Science Cafe: When Mice Are Men at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. In medicine, men and women experience illness and respond to drugs differently, but scientists primarily study males when developing treatments for both sexes. University of Continue reading


  • GWIS Research Triangle Officer Elections

    Make a difference! Vote NOW for our next generation of GWIS Research Triangle Officers! The polls will be open until 5 p.m. Monday June 19. President: Susan Lyons, Ph.D. Susan received B.S. degrees in biological sciences and journalism from Ohio University. She then received a Ph.D. in the Department of Biology at the University of 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

  • 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

  • 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