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: Kony Chatterjee (2018-2019), 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

  • 6th Annual Charity Casino Night!

    Join us at the 6th Annual Charity Casino Night on Thursday December 5th at 7:30 pm at Research Square in Durham NC. Donate to local charity benefiting children and enjoy free food and drinks!

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  • GWIS at the Durham Branch of the Food Bank

    On a chilly Saturday morning, GWIS Research Triangle members, officers and friends convened at the Durham Branch of the Food Bank to spend 3 hours sorting through cans donated to the Food Bank during can day at the NC State Fair. That’s right, in case you were wondering where those cans end up – they Continue reading

  • Fun Times at Spooky Science Trivia Night

    Our annual Spooky Science Trivia Night for 2019 killed! Contestants wore themed costumes and answered 55 spooky science questions in teams of 3-6 people, enjoying brews and snacks—and of course candy—during our two-hour event. Teams chose inventive names such as the “8th Year Grad Students” and “Witches Be Crazy”. On their way to jail, a Continue reading

  • Vote for your 2019-2020 GWIS Research Triangle Chapter Officers!

    After a very successful 2018-2019 year for our chapter and for our officers, Graduate Women in Science 2019-2020 is asking you to vote for your new officers for the upcoming year. A few familiar faces that love contributing to GWIS and a few new faces who will definitely enjoy their time as officers.

Past Events

  • Join GWIS at the Food Bank!

    November is the month of giving thanks, good food, and family. Volunteer with GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter at the Durham Branch of the Food Bank.

  • Mentor Girl Scouts at TechnoQuest 2019!

    TechnoQuest is a STEM exploration day run by Girl Scouts North Carolina – Coastal Pines. This event is made possible by generous support from the Duke Energy Foundation. This event serves girls in 6th through 12th grades. 

    You can help be a part of this great event to further the cause of women in STEM by volunteering in two ways: Speed Mentoring and Activity Facilitator

  • Scary Science Halloween Trivia 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