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

  • 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

  • Position open: Chapter Liaison for 2018-2019!

    Graduate Women in Science – Research Triangle Chapter is calling for nominations for the position of Chapter Liaison for the remainder of the 2018-2019 term from November 2018 to June 2019. This is to fill a position vacated by a previous officer. Responsibilities for this position include:  Participating in GWIS National meetings via phone or in Continue reading


  • Welcome to our 2018-2019 GWIS – Research Triangle Chapter Officers

    President:  Kony Chatterjee I’m a PhD student at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. My research focuses on developing smart electronic textiles (fabrics of the future!). Last year, I served as the Membership Secretary at GWIS – Research Triangle, because of which I made some invaluable connections, and realized the strong support Continue reading

  • Spring Into STEM™: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists was a fun day of science for all!

    Spring Into STEM™: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists, a science outreach event for middle school girls, took place on April 28, 2018. The event was hosted by Young Women In Bio RTP (YWIB), Graduate Women In Science RT (GWIS), North Carolina State University’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC), and students from Meredith College. This was Continue reading

  • GWIS – Meredith College mentoring kickoff was a hit!

    GWIS has teamed up with Meredith College to start a mentoring program, where GWIS members serve as mentors to Meredith College students. At the kickoff event, everyone networked and discussed mentoring with Dr. Jennifer Ingram, a GWIS-RT advisor and assistant professor at Duke University. Upcoming events related to the mentoring program (more details to follow): Continue reading

Past Events

  • Sign-up Closed Now: Science Outreach at TechnoQuest with Girl Scouts

    THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND ENTHUSIASM FOR TECHNOQUEST. VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS ARE NOW CLOSED DUE TO ALL THE SPOTS BEING FILLED ALREADY. WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND OUR OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS! TechnoQuest is a yearly outreach program with the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines that helps young girls and budding science enthusiasts learn Continue reading

  • Set Yourself Up for a Successful Semester with GWIS

    Coffee and Conversation is a monthly online, interactive webinar with a senior GWIS mentor and a small group of GWIS members. These allow for in-depth conversation and an opportunity to network directly with the speaker. Only 7 registration spots are available for each session, so act fast! Join us on Google Hangouts to chat with Continue reading

  • Watch Black Panther with GWIS at NCMA

    Join GWIS Research Triangle on September 28 at 6:30pm at NCMA Raleigh to watch Black Panther.