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

  • Third Annual Charity Casino Night!

    Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Charity Casino Night on Thursday December 8th at 7 pm at Research Square in Durham NC. Donate to local children, show off your poker skills, and network the night away! All ladies and gentleman are welcome! Bring an unwrapped educational gift or toy 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!

    Rho Tau was recently featured in an article about the importance of STEM outreach. The article, written by former Rho Tau president, Dr. Sarah Council, highlights the need for STEM outreach and discusses how the triangle community is working to bridge the gap between the STEM professionals and the public. She cites the recent 95th Continue reading

  • National Conference in Review

    Rho Tau (Research Triangle Park Chapter) welcomed over 60 scientists to the 95th annual GWIS conference on June 25th!  Scientists (both male and female) from all career stages had the opportunity to network, share their science and gain first-hand science outreach experience at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Early career scientists shared their research Continue reading

Explore the Triangle with GWIS

  • Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Tour and Networking Social

    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.

Past Events

  • Wine & Design Networking Party

    October 16, 2016

    Please join us on Wednesday, November 16 from 7:00 -9:00 p.m. at Wine & Design in Chapel Hill (Glen Lennox Shopping Center, 1201-D Raleigh Rd, Hwy. 54, Chapel Hill, NC 27517) for an awesome evening of painting and socializing/networking with women scientists from around the Triangle! Wine & Design provides the painting supplies and all Continue reading


  • TechnoQuest 2016: Girl Scouts Outreach at Meredith College

    September 13, 2016

    Volunteer for an outreach opportunity with local Girl Scouts at TechnoQuest 2016! TechnoQuest 2016 is an event where hands-on workshops are presented to Girl Scouts to increase their awareness of science and technology.  The event is on Saturday, November 12 at Meredith College in Raleigh.  If you are interested in volunteering sign up here by November 4!  


  • Media Training and Communication Workshop on Oct. 19

    August 15, 2016

    Do you know how to effectively describe your work to non-scientists? Could your communication skills be polished? If so, you should join us on Oct. 19 from 6-8 pm at the NCSU Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC, 850 Oval Drive, Raleigh NC) Rm. 119 for an engaging workshop led by Matt Shipman. Matt Shipman is a Public Communications Specialist Continue reading