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


  • Dr. Jennifer Leigh Ingram Travel Award Now Accepting Applications!

    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.

  • 5th Annual Charity Casino Night was a great success!

    Thursday, December 6 was a cold night, with traffic conditions being their usual self. However, this didn’t stop so many of our GWIS-RT friends and supporters from showing up to our 5th Annual Charity Casino Night. From the open bar to the delicious fried chicken, everyone who attended really had a great time. Of course, Continue reading

  • Halloween Science Trivia was Spooktacular!

    GWIS Research Triangle celebrated yet another successful Halloween with science trivia at Raleigh Brewing Co. GWIS members and friends showed up in costume and with their trivia hats on! A big thank you goes out to the members of our leadership board for all their hard work planning this event.

Past Events

  • 5th Annual Charity Casino Night hosted by GWIS – RT!

    5th Annual Charity Casino Night on Thursday, December 6, 2018at Research Square, Durham NC Join GWIS-RT at the 5th Annual Charity Casino Night on Thursday December 6th at 7 pm at Research Square in Durham NC(601 W Main St Suite 102, Durham, NC 27701). Donate to local children, show off your poker skills, and network Continue reading

  • Spooky Science Trivia Night at Raleigh Brewing Company

    Join GWIS Research Triangle for a Halloween-themed Science Trivia at Raleigh Brewing Company! Test your knowledge on science, Halloween, and of course our favorite topic: WOMEN IN STEM! Bragging rights and prizes for the team that finishes first! Costumes are strongly encouraged and prizes for best costume await you! Teams of up to five are Continue reading

  • Volunteer at Women’s Undergraduate Research Conference Week

    Meredith College invites GWIS Research Triangle Chapter members and friends to volunteer at the student-organized Women’s Undergraduate Research Conference (WURC) week. This week-long event will help budding undergraduate researchers and future scientists in preparing themselves to enter the world of graduate school, industry-driven careers, and more. With workshops on personal development, LinkedIn, and networking events, Continue reading