Summer Graduate Student/Faculty Luncheons


Join GWIS for an informal lunch with STEM faculty! You will get a chance to discuss a range of topics from research interests and career experiences to work/life balance over salad and sandwiches. We will be holding two luncheons this summer:

Dates: Tues., July 7th & Thurs., Aug. 13th
Time: 12-1pm
Room: Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall

Seating is limited, so please RSVP with your preferred date!

July STEM Graduate Student Appreciation Ice Cream Social

Join us on Wednesday, July 8th in Goessman Hall 252 (GWIS HQ) for coffee, ice cream, and the good company of fellow graduate students! Meet new folks over ice cream sundaes (non-dairy options will be provided) and strengthen the bonds of existing relationships while sipping graduate-student fuel (coffee).

All are welcome – no registration required.

GWIS Ice Cream Social



Join the GWIS LinkedIn Group!

The UMass Graduate Women in STEM are now on LinkedIn!

Connect with us to:

  • Network with current GWIS members and alumni,
  • Expand your LinkedIn network,
  • Post/find job listings,
  • Promote research and news, and
  • Engage and participate in discussions.

Follow the link here to request to join or search for “UMass Graduate Women in STEM” on LinkedIn. All current and past GWIS members are encouraged to join.


Enhancing Policy, Transforming Careers: An Online Chat Series with S&T Policy Fellows

What: Workshop on Science and Technology Policy

When: June 30th at 2pm

Where: Life Science Laboratories room N610

Why: Are you interested in connecting your health and/or medical sciences training to public policy? Want to transform your career by using your health/medical training to address societal challenges?

Learn how veterinarians, physicians, and doctoral level health professionals have enhanced policy and transformed their career path through a one-year public service and professional development fellowship in science policy.

Join us on June 30 at 2:00 p.m. ET for a one-hour live chat session where you’ll learn how fellows impact policy initiatives on Capitol Hill, in federal agencies, and the judicial branch — and how you can apply your science and engineering background to transform your career.

Have your questions answered by fellows and chat with S&T program staff about the application process and requirements.

The “Enhancing Policy, Transforming Careers: Chat Series with S&T Policy Fellows” is a series of live text and video chat sessions with current and alumni fellows. Interact with fellows and fellowship staff and learn about the impact policy fellows have been making for over 42 years.  Please register today!

Dr. Carolyn “Carrie” La Jeunesse is a 2014-15 Congressional Fellow sponsored by American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in the Office of Representative Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE). As a Congressional Fellow she works on issues related to advance wildlife management, global health issues, biosurveillance and biosecurity for emerging disease, international development, and marine debris issues for the office.

Carrie is a veterinarian practicing primarily emergency and critical care medicine. As the owner of LaJeune Consulting, she specializes in professional and organizational leadership and development and facilitates cross-sector and interdisciplinary alliances that support individuals and institutions collaborating to solve vexing problems threatening health and human security around the world. Carrie advises and consults to domestic and international governmental, private sector, philanthropic organizations and leaders, and institutions of higher learning across a range of issue areas in global health, emerging disease, international development and crisis response. Policy, program management and fieldwork have taken Carrie from planning and execution of international humanitarian assistance, disaster response and development programs, to conflict transformation in post-conflict Liberia and domestic disaster and crisis response.

She is a past President of the Washington State Veterinary Association, a former Program Manager for Veterinarians Without Borders U.S., a former Director on the Board for the Northwest Association for Biomedical research and serves as a Strategic Advisor for Veterinarians International. Carrie received her Bachelor of Science in Zoology and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of California at Davis.

Nivedita Mohanty is a 2014-15 AAAS S&T Policy Fellow, at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF she is in the Smart and Connected Health program, a joint initiative at the NSF and the National Institutes of Health (NH) which supports research in novel, fundamental science across diverse health dimensions to transform health and healthcare.

Her professional background includes experience in community health, academic medicine, clinical research, and international volunteerism. She has served as a volunteer pediatrician with multiple organizations with service missions for children with HIV, physical and developmental disabilities, burns, and congenital heart and cranio-facial defects in Africa, Asia, South America, and Central America.

Nita holds a MD from Mercer University School of Medicine and completed residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. Following her residency, she has been a practicing physician in community health at Erie Family Health Center in Chicago. She is an Assistant Professor in Clinical Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine and has inpatient responsibilities at Ann and Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. She is also a continuity clinic preceptor for the University of Chicago pediatric resident program. Her clinical research has been in practice based utilization of point-of-care technologies.

Her future career path after fellowship integrates research leveraging health information technology for multi-center research to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations, clinical practice, and medical education.​

Salaeha Shariff directs recruitment cultivation, national outreach activities, and diversity enhancement for the S&T Policy Fellowships. She plans and manages annual marketing efforts, oversees advertising, and engages with scientists and engineers in initiatives to promote careers at the intersection of science and policy.

Mastering the Poster Session


What: Situation Room on Poster Sessions

When: Tuesday, July 14th @ 1pm

Where: Life Science Laboratories room N610

Why: Gain practice in a commonly used form of presentation! Experts will first give an overview of presenting a poster at a conference or other setting. Volunteers will  then have the opportunity to present a poster in a simulated poster session which will include disruptions and questions. They will receive valuable feedback on their performance from the panel and their peers. All audience members will be able to observe and give feedback.  Free pizza will be provided; register today!

If you want to volunteer as a poster presenter, please bring an electronic version of the poster you’d like to present.

Networking Summer Kick Off BBQ a Wild(Wood) Success!



The sky was clear, the music was rocking, and the food was delicious!  The end of spring semester/summer kickoff event drew a huge crowd, who were all there to mingle and enjoy the music played by Industrial Waste (the physics folk band) and Off the Mark (graduate students from the Civil and Environmental Engineering program). Some groups even started playing croquet and Polish horseshoe. Thanks for coming out to enjoy the late spring sunshine with us!


Crash Course in R Programming


Have a massive data set to mine through or perform statistics on this
summer? Want to learn a program that’s flexible, powerful, and free?

Then the Crash Course in R Workshop is designed for you!

In an hour and a half, led by Guillaume Pagnier, you will become
acquainted with the basic operations in R for performing statistics, mining
data, and creating graphs and figures from data sets. No prior experience

Please bring your laptop with R and R-studio installed. They can be
installed at (for R: download
this first) and (for R

If you do not have R and R studio installed, you may still attend, but we
will not be assisting with the installation process.

What: GWIS R Programming Workshop
When: Wednesday, 1:30-3p.m.- 5/27/15
Where: Life Sciences Laboratories (LSL) N610
Who: Graduate and Post-Doc women and men or anyone interested in programming!

Free Coffee and donuts!

Please register: and direct any questions to Kerianne at

Hope to see you there!

GWIS Summer Kickoff BBQ

Please join us for the first annual GWIS Summer Kickoff BBQ! Come celebrate the end of academic year and beginning of summer on Friday, May 29th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the “Engineering Quad” – the lawn in front of Marston and Marcus Halls. Feel free to bring a frisbee or lawn game to share and come ready to meet new people!

WHERE: “Engineering Quad” (lawn in front of Marston and Marcus Halls)

WHEN: Friday, May 29th, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

WHO: Free for all graduate students.

Please RSVP at this link



Outreach Event on Friday May 29th @ UMass with 8th graders

Does your research address sustainability?
The 8th graders of the Four Rivers Charter School in Greenfield MA are studying the question: what technologies (and ideas) represent the best hope for our future? It’s a question that focuses on sustainability in all the ways we can imagine we need to think about it.
When: Friday May 29th from 9:00 am to 11:30 am
Where: The 8th graders will visit UMass for “The Great Hope Tour.” There will be 6 groups of 6 students going to different talks.
They would like to meet with you, people who are working on ideas and technologies that are focused on helping us move to a more sustainable way of living. If you are researching ways to help ensure that in the future we will have energy, food, clean air to breathe, and a climate that supports life, they would love to speak to you.
No presentation is necessary – just meet with kids, share the work you are doing (maybe a peek into labs where the research is happening) and answer questions kids would have.
Please fill out this form to indicate your interest.