Sign-up Closed Now: 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! 

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 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. 

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.

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 ( 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 ( 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)

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:


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:

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