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. 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

  • Fourth Annual Charity Casino Night!

    Join GWIS-RT at the 4th Annual Charity Casino Night on Thursday December 7th at 7 pm at Research Square in Durham NC. Donate to local children, show off your poker skills, and network the night away! Everyone is welcome! Bring an unwrapped educational gift or toy to donate to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Continue reading

  • 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 Reedy Creek Shelter #2 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. Food will be Continue reading


  • Halloween Science Trivia was Spooktacular!

    GWIS celebrated Halloween with science trivia at Raleigh Brewing Company. 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. A big congratulation goes out to the winning team, Aloha Continue reading

  • Amendments to Grand Chapter Bylaws

    GWIS Grand Chapter has voted to pass the following bylaws amendments. The Bylaw, Policy, and Procedure Manual will be updated to reflect these changes. 1. Changes to the Voting Period (LINK to amendment) 2. Dissolution of the Membership Secretary (LINK to amendment) 3. Changes to the Membership Committee (LINK to amendment)

  • Grand Chapter Voting for Bylaw Amendments

    At the recent National Meeting, National Council firmed up amendments to our bylaws. GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter has two votes to cast with Grand Chapter regarding these amendments. We would like our members to weigh in on the amendments. Please review the proposed amendments below with their explanations. Then cast your votes HERE. You Continue reading

  • GWIS attended Science Cafe: When Mice are Men

Past Events

  • Write to Change the World!

    Write to Change the World Shaping Public Opinion with Op Eds   Want to get your message out? Shape public opinion? Even with the explosion of social media, Op Eds are a critical anchor in any media advocacy strategy. This hands-on workshop will: (a) introduce participants to the purpose and potential of op-eds as part Continue reading


  • TechnoQuest 2017: Girl Scouts Outreach at Meredith College

    Are you interested in science outreach? Then come join GWIS-RT for TechnoQuest 2017! TechnoQuest is an event where hands-on workshops are presented to Girl Scouts to increase their awareness of science and technology. We’ll present a workshop that will cover how scientists use DNA to help solve crimes! The event is on Saturday, November 11 at Continue reading


  • Halloween-themed science trivia night at Raleigh Brewing Company

    Please join us for a Halloween-themed science trivia night on October 26 at 7 PM at Raleigh Brewing Company. Costume are strongly encouraged. Friends and family are welcome! If you have a team, include that information on the registration form, otherwise we can match you in a team. You can register here. Date: Thursday, Oct 26 Continue reading