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)
PURCHASE TICKETS HERE
$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.


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 the second Spring Into STEM™ event hosted by YWIB RTP, and it was part of YWIB’s national festival around Spring into STEM™.

When the students arrived, they received lab notebooks as well as BTEC’s lab coats, gloves, hair nets, and optional beard covers. Then they were treated to an afternoon of scientific activities, facilitated by volunteers from YWIB, GWIS, and Meredith College.

The students attended “Slime Time”, where they made slime and learned about the properties of polymers that make up the slime. In “Infection Detection”, they exchanged fluids between test tubes to learn how infectious diseases can spread between people. During “Yeast Machine”, they observed how quickly carbon dioxide produce from a mixture of yeast and sugar blew up a balloon. During “Blue’s Clues: What’s In Your Drink?”, the students used chromatography to separate the red and blue dyes out of grape soda. Finally, during “Whatever Floats Your Boat”, the students built foil boats and used density calculations to determine how much cargo the boats could hold.

All that science was a lot of work! So the students took a break to attend a networking session. At the session, they had the chance to ask each other and volunteers questions about science and life, including “When did you decide you wanted to work in science?” and “If you could design a robot to do anything, what would you have the robot do?”.

The event ended with a keynote speech by Dr. Janice Coffey Swab, Professor of Biology Emerita at Meredith College. Dr. Swab talked about her adventures studying plants around the world. She encouraged the students to never give up on their dreams and reminded them of their potential as tomorrow’s scientists.

With that the students left, many still in their lab coats with cups of slime and balloons full of CO2 in hand, and potentially, with the promise of an exciting future in science on their minds.

A big thank you goes out to BTEC for hosting the event, YWIB RTP, GWIS RTP, and Meredith College volunteers for donating their time, and Harris Teeter, Nuventra Pharma Sciences, and IQVIA for their help in putting on the 2018 Spring into STEM™!


GWIS is hosting Spring into STEM: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists

Registration is open for middle school girls to attend Spring into STEMTM: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists. GWIS, in colloboration with Young Women In Bio – RTP, is hosting this event at NC State’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) on April 28 from 1 PM – 5 PM.

Middle school girls are invited to an afternoon of scientific activities. Fields of science represented include: chemistry, physics, ecology, epidemiology, engineering, and molecular biology. Experiments, networking, and a keynote talk will be presented by local women in STEM and volunteers from the Graduate Women in Science and Women In Bio local chapters. Each student will also receive their own lab notebook to take home.

To register a middle school student, sign up HERE*. Registration deadline is April 25, but space is limited!

*Note that if you are not a Women In Bio member, you can register as a guest. This is a FREE event so there is no registration cost. 

What: Spring into STEM outreach event for middle school girls

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 1-5 PM

Where: North Carolina State University’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC)


Join GWIS for our fundraiser at Ponysaurus Brewing Company!

Join us Sunday May 6th at Ponysaurus Brewing Company for our first fundraising event of the year! Help us reach our goal of raising $500 for GWIS so we can continue supporting women in STEM throughout the RTP area. Ponysaurus will have a donation option set up so that when you cash out your bar tab you can donate directly to GWIS. Feel free to bring along family and friends, as all are welcome!
If you are curious to know how your favorite beer is made, sign up for one of the brewery tours (https://goo.gl/forms/e9k6c3doK2iRMOiB2). Otherwise, kick back, relax, and enjoy the company of your fellow scientists.
Ponysaurus will have a food truck on site or you can reserve a grill through their website (http://ponysaurusbrewing.com/grills/). We hope to see you there!