December Networking Coffee Hour

Join us on Wednesday, December 3rd, for the last GWIS Networking Coffee Hour of the semester! Come meet and mingle with graduate students from STEM departments. Enjoy free coffee and cider donuts from Atkins Farms. All are welcome – no registration required.

WHAT: GWIS Networking Coffee Hour
WHEN: Wednesday, December 2 at 10 am
WHERE: Goessman 252 (GWIS HQ)
WHY: You deserve a coffee break!



GWIS Graduate Students Mentor Undergrads about Grad School Apps

The event was an informal opportunity for undergraduates to speak with graduate women in STEM fields over dinner, with a focus on free graduate school applications and early recruiting events.


The turnout was great; with 60 undergraduates in attendance, every seat was taken. Aditi and Laura Parker offered a brief presentation on free graduate school applications and early recruiting events before turning it over to graduate students seated at every table to answer questions and talk about life as a graduate student.

Graduate/Undergraduate Mentoring Dinner: Selling Yourself as a Scientist!

This is a great opportunity for graduate students to mentor undergraduates about graduate school, interviewing tips, and career advice. We will be workshoping elevator pitches and discussing personal statements. We’re looking for 10-15 enthusiastic graduate students to attend. Dinner from Atkins Farms will be provided. Additionally, if you know any undergraduates who would benefit from this event, please pass along the RSVP link.

When: Nov. 16th at 5:30pm

Where: Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall


Hope to see you there!

Nominations for 2016-2017 GWIS Executive Board NOW OPEN!

Nominations for the 2016-2017 term are now open until November 27th!

Nominate yourself, another UMass graduate student, or a team of UMass graduate students enthusiastic about advancing women in STEM and leading a great organization HERE.

2015-2016 GWIS executive board election timeline:

  • Nominations: November 9th-27th
  • Elections (voting online): November 30th – December 4th
  • Shadow period for elected leaders to shadow current leaders: January 2016- April 2016
  • Term for elected leaders: May 1 2016 – May 1 2017

Elected executive board positions:

Two executive co-chairs:

  • Administrative executive co-chair
  • Liaison executive co-chair

Five committee chairs:

  • Communications committee chair
  • Finance committee chair
  • Mentoring committee chair
  • Outreach committee chair
  • Professional development committee chair
  • Networking committee chair

Check out our leadership page on the GWIS blog for more details on duties and expected time commitment!

If nominated, you will be notified by email and asked to accept by submitting a short platform for members to reference when voting. Voting will take place online. For more information on the election procedures of our organization, please see our constitution.

Who is eligible to run? Any current UMass graduate student that is a member of GWIS. GWIS membership is defined by those who have joined our listserv via this page.

Committee chair positions may be nominated and run individually or as a team of two people.

Would you like to get involved in organizing events as a committee member? Your help would be very welcome! Anyone can get involved anytime!

Questions? Email us at

November Networking Coffee Hour

Join us on Tuesday, November 10th, for the next GWIS Networking Coffee Hour! Come meet and mingle with graduate students from STEM departments. Enjoy free coffee and cider donuts from Atkins Farms. All are welcome – no registration required.

WHAT: GWIS Networking Coffee Hour
WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
WHERE: Integrated Science Building Room 145
WHY: You deserve a coffee break!

Women in Energy and Environment: Discover Your Career!

GWIS members,

We’d like to call your attention to a great professional development opportunity on Tuesday November 3rd at 5:30pm in the UMass Student Union Cape Cod Lounge. Its of special interest for graduate students and postdocs in the energy and environmental sciences and engineering fields, however all of us will benefit from the perspectives of these successful women as their career paths span several fields, including public policy, law, and business.

Women In Energy Flyer

Don’t pass up this opportunity to interact and ask questions that may help you in your ongoing career development!

Refreshments will be served.

See you there!

GWIS LinkedIn Photo Shoot

The academic year is in full swing and many students are now thinking about their next step. Whether you plan to pursue a career in academia or explore the worlds of industry, chances are that you will use LinkedIn to connect to recruiters and to apply to jobs. Chances also are that your LinkedIn photograph isn’t of professional quality, because who has access to a professional photographer as a graduate student?

Bad LinkedIn profiles are a problem and GWIS is out to fix them! To do this, we’re hosting a two hour photoshoot for members, akin to picture day in elementary school (except we are now much older and can pick out our own outfits). Registration is required and the cost per person is $15 for 4 pictures (two poses with and without editing – digital copies only). The cost of the photoshoot will go to paying the photographer for her time and equipment (the talented Ify Arinze will be taking our pictures, check out here portfolio here: Each person will have 3 minutes for the photoshoot and space is limited, so register early!

WHAT: GWIS LinkedIn Photoshoot
WHERE: Goessman 252 (GWIS HQ)
WHEN: November 4, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
COST: $15/person (includes two poses with and without editing)

Need convincing? Check out this article citing pictures as top two mistakes people make on LinkedIn and this study showing that recruiters spend %19 of the time they review your profile on your picture alone. LinkedIn photos are important, so let’s make sure that ours are up to snuff!

Please direct any questions to Katie Booras (GWIS Networking Committee Chair) at



The Situation Room: Networking

Take a turn in the hot seat! Practice your networking skills or observe and give feedback to your brave peers!

Topics covered will include how to craft an elevator pitch, how to start a conversation, how to gracefully exit a conversation, and/or what to do if you forgot someone’s name.

  • WHEN: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 11:30- 1:30
  • WHERE: Room N610, Life Sciences Laboratory

All audience members will be able to observe and help give feedback to the student volunteers. A panel of UMass professors and career advisers will also add to the discussion. Lunch will be provided free to attendees.

Registration is required for both volunteers and audience members. REGISTER HERE. Please register early, space is limited. This workshop is geared toward women in STEM fields but all are welcome.


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AAAS Fellows Panel- Bridging Policy and Careers

This event informed the graduate community about the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship, and connected event participants to past fellows that could serve as a resource for future applications. It was applicable to all STEM students as well as students from other disciplines, and clarified questions regarding the application process, life in Washington DC, and how an internship in policy can translate into a variety of other careers.


The event was very successful! The panelists introduced themselves by sharing their experience in the fellowship program, and what they are currently doing now. Panelists were then asked questions like how to determine your fit for a specific government office, making your application stand apart, differences between working for the congressional and executive branches, and what the typical day is like in an AAAS fellowship. Participants were then able to ask any questions they had, and personally network with the 4 panelists. We brought in a wide variety of panelists that differed in education, AAAS experience and timing, and current work to appeal to a wide audience, and that seemed to work very well during the networking section.