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

  • 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


  • 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!

    Applications for the 2017-2018 GWIS Fellowships are now OPEN! The GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2017 to help increase knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Please check our website ( for guidelines and application instructions, and make sure to read the FAQ section 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!

Past Events

  • Videri Chocolate Factory Tour!

    January 26, 2017

    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!

    December 12, 2016

    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


  • Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Tour and Networking Social

    November 29, 2016

    Please join us and the members of Duke WISE on Saturday, Jan. 14 1:00 pm at Ponysaurus for a behind the scenes tour of the facilities (1:30 pm) followed by a social with pints and flights at the taproom. Friends and family are more than welcome to attend! RSVP here by Wednesday Jan. 11.