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

5th Annual Charity Casino Nighton on Thursday, December 6, 2018
at 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 the night away! Everyone is welcome!

Bring an unwrapped gift or toy worth $20 to donate to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Triangle and receive chips to play casino games! Winnings can be exchanged for raffle tickets to enter drawings for gift packages. If you run out of chips, don’t worry! More chips can be acquired through $5 donations.

It will be a night of great food, drinks, and casino games, plus fun prizes for the luckiest winners!! RSVP HERE to join! Please RSVP by December 1. Dressy casual or business casual dress recommended.

Parking options: Free parking is located in front and beside of Research Square entrance (marked as 1, do not park in front of Magpie or West End) and the gravel Amtrak parking lot (3). Paid parking lots: Fuller Street Garage (2) and Brightleaf Lots (4).

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.

Congratulations to the Best Costume Winner and thank you for all the wonderful costumes!
Congratulations to the Winning Team – Pog Mahon

GWIS Membership Secretary Emily Woolard was a captivating emcee

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


TechnoQuest is a yearly outreach program with the Girl Scouts of North Carolina Coastal Pines that helps young girls and budding science enthusiasts learn more about scientific research, careers, and concepts in a friendly environment. With the help of women from GWIS, we can make this an enjoyable experience not just for the girls but also for you! Science and technology careers cover an array of disciplines and if you’re interested in outreach and want to help someone learn about a career they didn’t even think exists, volunteer at TechnoQuest 2018!

GWIS – Research Triangle will participate in a morning speed mentoring session with the girls, followed by a hands-on workshop and presentation. This workshop will cover how scientists use DNA to solve crimes, helping the girls become DNA Detectives themselves! You can volunteer for one or both of the sessions, and also have the option to join us for lunch. Volunteering for both sessions is appreciated! 

When: Saturday, November 10, 2018 | Time: 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 
Where: Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh NC 27607, Map

Volunteers will be sent more details about the workshop and/or networking after signing up. We look forward to seeing you there! 

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 welcome, please indicate in the sign up form below if you would like to be paired up into a team.

When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Where: Raleigh Brewing Company (3709 Neil St, Raleigh, NC 27607)
Cost:   $5 for GWIS Members
          $10 for non-Members
                              $10 at the door on night of event

Registration Link: Here!
Upon registration, a PayPal invite will be sent to you for payment. Contact researchtriangle@gwis.org for more information

Registration includes snacks and 1 drink voucher for the awesome Raleigh Brewing Company, so we encourage you to pre-register to reserve your spot. Due to the popularity of the event last year and capacity limitations, you’re encouraged to register soon before spots fill up.

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, this is going to be an enriching experience not just for the students but also for the volunteers. 

We hope that you can help these women achieve their career successes by volunteering for some events during the WURC week. Members interested in volunteering can fill out the form below and pick the events that they are interested in. You can pick as many slots as you want over the week!

When: October 8 – 13, 2018
Where: Meredith College, Raleigh, NC
Volunteer sign-up form: Link
Contact: research@meredith.edu

This continues our mentorship commitment to Meredith College and we hope that you will be able to impart your important experiences and wisdom to these hardworking students.

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 GWIS President Amy Belfi and President-Elect Gina Moreno about “Setting Yourself Up for a Successful Semester”, whether you are an undergraduate student, a graduate student, a postdoc, or a faculty member (or maybe you aren’t even in academia but you like thinking in terms of the academic year!).

Date: Monday, September 17, 2018
Time: 4pm EST/3pm CST/1pm PST
Speakers: Dr. Amy Belfi and Dr. Gina Moreno
Contact  mentoring@gwis.org for questions

Amy is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at Missouri University of Science and Technology, and Gina is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at The University of Houston Clear Lake. 

Register here. If you can’t join live, register anyway and you’ll get the recording sent to you afterward. More details here

We hope you can join us to hear about their experiences and to ask questions about getting the semester off on the right foot. 

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 person and reporting it back to GWIS RT Chapter officers
  • Leading and organizing 2 events per year

The eligibility requirements for this position are: 

  • Have a STEM undergraduate degree, pursuing or holding a graduate degree.
  • Preferably located in the Triangle area in North Carolina to facilitate events and attend meetings
  • Willing to meet once a month in person with other officers 

If you or someone you know are interested in volunteering your time you can fill out this form by September 30, 2018. Please spread the word to those who may be interested in joining our team of dedicated officers. Email us for any questions at: researchtriangle@gwis.org

Watch Black Panther with GWIS at NCMA

GWIS Research Triangle is attending the Wakanda Forever! Black Panther Movie Party organized by the beautiful North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. We’re very excited to enjoy this excellent movie with our old friends and new, and would love to spend the evening with you.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2018 | 6:30 PM
MUSEUM PARK THEATER (2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607)
$8 for NCMA members, $10 for non-members 

Please don’t forget to sign up on our form to let us know that you’re a part of GWIS Research Triangle! We plan to sit together at the movie.

Cultivate Your Voice and Banish Your Inner Impostor

The Science Network at the Union of Concerned Scientists and 500 Women Scientists invite you to an online workshop focusing on impostor syndrome—having doubts in your academic accomplishments and fearing being exposed as a fraud—and cultivating your voice, especially as an early career scientist or underrepresented scientist in STEM.

This interactive workshop is designed to give women a forum to discuss communication and hiring bias in STEM fields and to develop skills to combat damaging communication stereotypes that may impact career advancement.

Date: Thursday, August 23
Time: 3:00-4:00 p.m. EDT

Sign-up here

The workshop will feature:

• Christine O’Connell, assistant professor of science communication, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
• Amy Landis, professor and presidential faculty fellow of diversity, inclusion & access, Colorado School of Mines
• Maryam Zaringhalam, molecular biologist and national leadership member, 500 Women Scientists
• Pragnya Eranki, civil and environmental engineering research faculty, Colorado School of Mines

There is a systemic culture of sexism in science filled with double standards, barriers to career advancement, and implicit and explicit bias. Bias is driven by communication in two ways: 1) how women are judged on their communication and the double standards and stereotypes that exist, and 2) the bias that is communicated to women.

The goals of the workshop are to explore the prevalence of impostor syndrome in STEM, gain a deeper understanding of our own inner impostor and how it might affect our studies or career, understand the body of research around bias toward women in STEM and career advancement, and gain valuable skills in communication that foster your own career advancement and manage your inner impostor.

Men are welcome to attend, but the focus will be on women in STEM.

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 that women in STEM can extend to each other. I want to continue serving GWIS-RT and help expand STEM outreach work to communities that are sometimes excluded from science. Other than science and outreach, I’m very passionate about animal welfare, yoga, and hiking.

Vice-President:  Tamara Lehman

I am a 5th year PhD candidate in the ECE department at Duke. I am passionate about computer architecture and my research interests lie on the intersection of computer architecture and security.

Secretary: Jordan Tabor

I am a second year PhD student at North Carolina State University. My background is in Textile Engineering and I am currently studying Fiber Polymer Science. I grew up in this area and would really like to better connect to other female scientists in RTP. I enjoy so many different aspects of STEM and would love to be in an organization where I can share my love of STEM! I have participated in a few events by GWIS recently and have really enjoyed being apart of GWIS so far. I would like to be further involved by being an officer!

Treasurer:  Jessica LeRoy

I was the treasurer for GWIS RTP this past year and really enjoyed taking a more active role in the organization. I have a M.S. in environmental biology and currently due invasive species research at NCSU. In my spare time I love baking and taking my dog for hikes in the local parks.

Membership Secretary:  Emily Woolard

I am a post-baccalaureate student at the US Environmental Protection Agency, where I started in a neurotoxicology lab and now work on in vitro assay development. I am applying to bioinformatics PhD programs this fall because I love the intersection between data analytics and human health. I greatly enjoy service projects that involve bringing science to children in the community and have experience implementing several successful projects in the Raleigh-Durham area. Through GWIS, I hope to get girls and women of all ages excited about science, engineering, and math.

Liaison of Mentoring Program: Aminah Wali, Ph. D.

I have a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from UNC and I am currently an assay development scientist at Q2 Solutions, a clinical genomics company in RTP. I served as the secretary of GWIS-RT for 2017-2018 and worked closely with undergraduate students as part of the GWIS-Meredith College mentoring pilot program. I greatly enjoy working with undergraduates and have experience in academic advising, teaching, and career development.