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!

Volunteer for Spring Into STEM™ science outreach event for middle school girls

GWIS is collaborating with Young Women in Bio RTP (Young WIB) and NC State’s Biomanufacturing Training and Education Center (BTEC) to host Spring Into STEM™: Today’s Students, Tomorrow’s Scientists. This is a science outreach event for middle school girls that will be held at BTEC on April 28, 2018 from 1 – 5 PM.

We need volunteers to help the students do experiments and activities in chemistry, physics, ecology, epidemiology, and molecular biology! Volunteers will help the students with the activities, help the students network, and help set up and clean up the activities. Volunteer will be needed from 12 – 6 PM on April 28.

Click here to sign up to volunteer and we will contact you with additional information. Sign-up ends March 31, but volunteer spots are limited. Sign up early to guarantee a spot.

What: Volunteer for a science outreach event for middle school girls

When: April 28 from 12-6 PM

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

Join GWIS for an imposter syndrome workshop with Meredith College mentees

GWIS has teamed up with Meredith College to start a mentoring program. Join us for a mentoring and networking event on February 28. The event will include a workshop on imposter syndrome with Dr. Tamara Tal, a principal investigator at the EPA. It will also be a chance to meet and network with fellow GWIS members and Meredith College students. GWIS members who are not formally part of the mentoring program are welcome!

If you are interested in joining us, sign-up HERE by February 21!

What: Mentoring workshop on imposter syndrome

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:30 PM

Where: Meredith College (specific location information will be emailed at a later date)

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):

  • Imposter syndrome workshop (February 28)
  • CV/Cover letter workshop (March)
  • Volunteer at a STEM outreach event, co-hosted with Young Women In Bio (April 28)

Check out the Meredith College article about the mentoring program!

Volunteer for the Region 3A Science and Engineering Fair

Join GWIS Research Triangle as we support and encourage budding scientists at the Region 3A Science & Engineering Fair and the North Carolina Student Academy of Science. The fair is Saturday, February 10 at Hillside High School in Durham! You can get involved either as a judge or a volunteer.


Judge elementary, junior, and senior projects submitted by students attending schools in the central region of NC. Judges are needed to work from 8 AM to 1:30 PM.

To serve as a judge, individuals must have training and experience in science and/or engineering and a desire to help students in the pursuit of these topics.  A brief orientation, judging rubric, breakfast refreshments, and lunch will be provided.

The last day to register to judge is February 1, 2018Sign up to judge: https://ncsefreg3a.stemwizard.com/public_site/judge_register


Volunteer at the science fair to help with tasks such as directing students and parents, helping with awards, and clean up. You are not required to have a scientific background to volunteer. Time commitment will vary depending on your availability and chosen volunteer activity.

Sign up to volunteer: https://ncsefreg3a.stemwizard.com/public_site/volunteer_register

If you sign up for either activity, you will be notified one week before the fair with more information about parking, check-in, and the schedule.  More information about the fair can be found here http://ncsciencefair.org/region3a/

2018-2019 GWIS Fellowships!

Apply for the 2018-2019 GWIS Fellowships! The GWIS National Fellowships Program is proud to offer fellowships in 2018 to help increase knowledge in the natural sciences and to encourage research careers in the sciences by women. Please check our website (www.gwis.org) for guidelines and application instructions, and make sure to read the FAQ section for further information. The deadline for all GWIS Fellowships will be 11:59 pm, Eastern Standard Time, January 12, 2018.


4th Annual Charity Casino Night was a big win!

GWIS members and friends celebrated the holidays at the 4th Annual Charity Casino Night at Research Square in Durham! Participants brought a gift to donate to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle and in exchange received chips to play poker games!

A special thank you goes to Research Square for hosting the event. A big thank you also goes to our sponsors: Honeygirl Meadery, Durham Bulls, Open Doors Yoga, WODBody, Nirvelli Day Spa, and Ponysaurus. The event would not have been possible without our phenomenal GWIS leadership and members who helped organize: Sam Snow, Aminah Wali, Jessica LeRoy, Kony Chatterjee, and Emily Woolard. Thanks everyone!

Gifts for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle!