Python: Back by Popular Demand

Programming is a valuable and marketable skill for STEM fields! But it is not formally taught in many graduate programs.

Join GWIS for an interactive workshop series on the very versatile and popular python programming language.

This is the second repetition of the popular first workshop and will be focused on installation and first steps:

  • Tuesday, October 21st 3:00-4:30pm in ISB 145 
  • Led by computer science PhD student Kyle Wray, teaching award winner, and other experts
  • Register here!


Don’t Forget to Attend October’s STEM Graduate Student Appreciation Day

Feeling weary with teaching, classes, research, and other responsibilities?  Venture forth to the land beyond the library, and join us for the October STEM appreciation day! 


STEM graduate student appreciation day coffee hours will be held monthly – traveling across campus each month


Come enjoy a free afternoon coffee and some snacks, while networking with graduate students from other STEM fields!

  • Wednesday October 22 @ 2:30pm in Tobin 521B
  • Thursday November 13 @ 2:30pm in Computer Science (room TBA)


We appreciate you!

Sponsored jointly by GWIS and the Graduate School.

Conversations Abound at the Dynamic STEM Careers Lunch

With the small group size, each participant had the opportunity to voice their ideas. Everyone was able to make eye contact and the conversation flowed more naturally with the two speakers and the participants jumping off of others’ ideas. This setting drove the conversation in unexpected but helpful ways and helped those in attendance make deeper connections.


We talked about NCR, adaptability and career-long learning but also about the structure of undergraduate study, the future of funding in the US and the world, and higher education overall.
We received great feedback from the participants and also the speakers!  A big thanks to our eighteen participants for coming out! 

The Situation Room: Navigating Negotiation

Take a turn in the hot seat!

Negotiation is a crucial skill whether you’re thinking of industry or academia.

How would you handle the hard questions? What’s the norm in negotiation?

  • WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 12:00-1:30p.m
  • WHERE: Gunness Student Center (Marcus Hall) 

This workshop will feature Professor Laura Cadonati speaking about her experiences negotiating throughout her academic career in physics. She will be joined by fellow UMass professors to negotiate live with participants and provide additional feedback.

Four participants will have the opportunity to navigate a live 5 minute negotiation with the panelists and receive valuable feedback on their performance from the panel and their peers.
All audience members will be able to observe and help give feedback.


This workshop is geared toward women in STEM fields, providing the experience and expertise of women negotiators for women graduate students.

Registration required! REGISTER HERE 

Outreach Committee Meeting TOMORROW, 10/7

Interested in working with students outside of UMass?  Trying to make a difference with a wider focus?  Join the GWIS Outreach comittee for a short info session on planning or participating in future outreach activities

When: Tuesday, October 10th at 5:30

Where: In the Campus Center, by the Yum! Bakery

Registration is NOT required – just bring yourself!

More great upcoming events from OPD!


Team building:  Are you wondering what makes a team “high performing”?  Ever wonder how managers create and maintain such teams?  If management lies in your future, don’t miss this discussion led by Kellie Crantz, Vice President of Human Resources – Oct 15th.  Register here!

 Grant writing:  Do you watch faculty members submitting MANY grants and wonder how they do it? Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber will lead an intensive grant writing workshop, based on her recently published grant proposal writing guide. Space is limited – register here!

For more details, check the events out in the GWIS calendar, or go to the Office of Professional Development’s website.

Fall Brings the Return of the Graduate Student/Faculty Luncheon!

The leaves are changing colors, the undergraduates have arrived, and the fall graduate student/faculty luncheons will return!  Make sure you RSVP to reserve your spot at the table.  Don’t be shy – register for one OR both today!

When: October 21st and November 18th, 12-1pm

Where: Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall

Why: Enjoy a free lunch from Panera while discussing career paths and experiences, and obtaining valuable tips and advice for life post-graduate school!



Dynamic STEM careers lunch

What are your plans after graduate school?

In an intimate setting, have a conversation with a small panel of scientists and engineers who have changed careers abocareer-signut job searching, building your career, and life beyond academia. 

  • When: Thursday, October 9th from 12:30-2:00p.m.
  • Where: ISB 145


Confirmed panelists:

  • Christos Dimitrakopoulos of the UMass chemical engineering department and formerly IBM and Phillips Research.
  • Lori Goldner, of the UMass physics department and formerly the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Pizza lunch provided!

Limited space available! Register HERE.

Research2Innovation workshops in the spring

Explore the potential business application of your research!

The Graduate School’s OfficResearch2Innovatione of Professional Development is sponsoring TWO Research2Innovation workshops in the spring semester led by the renowned Dr. Judith Giordan, the keynote speaker at GWIS networking event last spring. 

For more details, click here to see the flyer: Research2Innovation

Get a team of graduate students together and apply HERE by October 24th! 


Positive feedback on pilot interactive python workshop

Python workshop The first GWIS interactive python workshop held earlier this week was an introduction to python and general programming.

On average, attendees reported that the workshop was very useful for their research, and most plan to attePython workshopnd future workshops on more advanced python topics.

Registration for the pilot workshop filled up in under 30 minutes after the announcement to all CNS and CoE grad students!

Are you interested in learning python programming but missed the first introductory workshop? Stay tuned to the blog for the announcement of a second introductory event as well as a series of more advanced topics leading up to data mining, or JOIN GWIS to hear about events like this first!