Come Judge the Hampshire Regional Middle School’s Science Fair on April 2nd!

A large Science and Engineering Fair where all ~250 middle school students participate. Judges walk around, ask students to tell them about their projects for 5 mins or so, and then fill out a quick feedback form for students. Snacks and beverages are provided throughout the morning!

Hampshire Regional Middle School is hosting a Science and Engineering Fair.  Around 250 students will participate!  They are asking for help with judging projects – all judges are required to do is look at projects, ask the students to describe their projects, and fill out a feedback form.  Snacks and beverages will be provided!

What: Science Fair Judging

When: April 2nd, 8am-noon

Where: Hampshire Regional Middle School in Westhampton

Register today by following the link!


Dr. Connie Chow Visits UMass on April 6th

Dr. Connie Chow is a fearless and inspiring advocate for women’s education in the US and internationally. Honored as one of Mass High Tech’s 2012 Women to Watch, Dr. Chow served as executive director at the Science Club for Girls for more than eight years and is currently working to expand a STEM education project in Ghana.  Join her for coffee, cookies, and a discussion of her experiences and mentoring practices.

  • What: Coffee with Dr. Connie Chow, mentoring extraordinaire
  • When: April 6th, from 2:30-3:30
  • Where: Campus Center room 805-09

Space is limited, please register in advance by following the link!  We hope to see you there!

Networking Reception Immediately Following CNS Women in Science Initiative Lecture

All are encouraged to attend the CNS Women in Science Initiative Lecture hosted by the College of Natural Sciences on April 6th, at 4 pm in the Campus Center. Dr. Priyamvada Natarajan, Professor of Astronomy & Physics at Yale University, will present “Gender Matters.” Her talk will focus on the national issue of gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in academia.

GWIS is hosting an informal reception immediately following the lecture to provide students, faculty, and professionals the opportunity to network and discuss the issues presented during the lecture. The reception will be held in an adjacent room to the lecture. Hors d’oeuvres and light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to attend the networking event, please use this link to RSVP!

For more information about the lecture, follow this link.


She’s a Scientist Series

The AWIS (Association of Women in Science) organization is holding a lecture/discussion series of events titled “She’s a Scientist”. These events are held at Smith College, and if you wish to attend but need transportation please contact Barbara Pearson –

The first talk is:
Nilanjana Dasgupta, Professor of Psychology at UMass Amherst
Girls and Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:
STEMing the Tide and Broadening Participation in STEM
Monday–April 20, 4:30 – 6:00 pm                                                                               Smith College, Seelye 106

And the second talk is:
Nancy Hopkins, Amgen Inc Professor of Biology at MIT
The Changing Status of Women in Science: the MIT Story (1964 – 2014)
Tuesday, May 12, 9- 10:30 am,
Smith College, Campus Center Carroll Room
Hope to see you there!

March Graduate Student Appreciation Day Coffee Hour

Come network with graduate students from other STEM fields!

WHEN: Monday, March 23Coffee-Hour-icon 2:30pm – 4:00pm

WHERE: Gunness Student Center (Marcus Hall)

Enjoy free coffee, gluten free macaroons, Atkins cider donuts, and fruit! All are welcome – no registration required.

We appreciate you!

Also, mark your calendars for the April coffee hour! April 22nd @ 10:30 in Morrill II Room 319.

Spring 2015 resources from the UMass Graduate Women’s Network

The Graduate Women’s Network is offering a weekly writing group for UMass graduate students this semester. All are welcome!

GWN Writing Group FlyerBoost your productivity in a quiet, friendly, supportive environment with free drinks and snacks.

Every Monday from 4:00 – 8:00pm

  • March 23 in Campus Center 804
  • March 30 in Campus Center 165
  • April 6 in Campus Center 804
  • April 13 in Campus Center 804
  • April 20 in Campus Center 804
  • April 27 in Campus Center 162



This semester the GWN also offers free yoga hours in the Student Union art gallery every Tuesday at 5:30pm.

For more information contact! Yoga Spring 2015


NEW UMass Fellowship Opportunity for Graduate Students and Postdocs in STEM!

The Manning Inventor Fellowship will provide funding to enable UMass Amherst graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to pursue the commercialization of discoveries made in on-campus laboratories.

  • The Manning Fellowship will provide a $30,000 stipend for graduate fellows and a $50,000 stipend for post-doctoral fellows.
  • Fellowships are for one year with a start date of September 8, 2015.
  • Selection will be based on the likelihood of success of the proposed project and its potential for commercialization.
  • Applications are due April 17, 2015 and decisions will be announced in May 2015.

Submit your application HERE.

See the official flyer for more details: Manning Inventor Fellowship Application ANNOUNCEMENT

PostDocs: Search and Experience

Next Thursday, 3/12, at 7 pm in 319 Morrill 3 the GWIS PD committee and STEM Ambassador Program are collaborating to hold a novel event for grad students and postdocs.

A panel of current STEM post-docs and one recent faculty hire will discuss and share their own experiences and answer grad questions.  Panelists will focus on three time frames: the post-doc search, post-doc experience, and looking beyond the post-doc.  This discussion will encourage STEM grads to begin to consider, plan, and envision their own post-doc search and experience, ultimately advancing their own research careers. Pizza dinner will be served so pre-registration is required.

  • What: PostDoc: Search and Experience
  • When: 7-7:50 pm
  • Where: 319 Morrill 3
  • Pre-registration is required! Here is the link: pre-registration

Hope to see you there!


I Want YOU! To Impact Public Policy

The Scientists and Engineers Impacting Public Policy panel was an overwhelming success – over 30 students attended!  While scientists and engineers are routinely praised for contributions to the research community, it is also important to recognize their valuable contributions to public policy and service. The ability to involve, engage, and serve the public can have a significant impact on research strategies, federal research priorities and funding, and educational programs to ensure future generations of STEM researchers. A panel of scientists and engineers discussed their service to government agencies and non-profits, shared strategies for engaging the public to advance and inform research agendas, and demonstrated how passion for science is changing the landscape of STEM education.PD_PolicyPanel_2_13_15_a (1)

The panelists described their experiences interfacing with the public and shaping public policy throughout their careers in water management, conservation, biotechnology, nanotechnology, and information technology. Panelists emphasized the importance of communication and collaboration in their efforts with both fellow scientists and engineers as well as with public and private organizations. Peg Riley described the excitement of hearing language she helped develop in the State of Union address and the importance of working on something you are passionate about. Mark Tuominen talked about keeping perspective and representing the interests of your discipline and nation in developing research directions. Deborah Rocque discussed the importance of having excellent technical experts in government agencies interpreting and acting on legislation and policies. She also recommended reading “Don’t Be Such a Scientist” by Randy Olson about the emotional aspects of communicating and connecting with an audience on technical topics. David Reckhow talked about his experiences working with local water management organizations and Rick Adrion described working in different government positions to develop research agendas and increasing diversity in computer science and information technology fields.PD_PolicyPanel_2_13_15_b

We want to thank all of our incredible panelists for taking time out of their already-busy days to talk to us about this incredibly important issue.  As someone who is increasingly interested in the both the art and the necessity of science communication, this panel discussion was extremely gratifying and important to me.  I’m glad I got the chance to attend, and I hope you did too.  If you didn’t, don’t worry – there’s plenty more where this came from!  Stay tuned for more information about events related to science, communication, and public policy.

Undergraduate/Graduate Mentoring Dinner was a resounding success (again)!

Last week’s undergraduate/graduate mentoring dinner went extremely well! We had 30 attendees and received positive feedback about the speed elevator pitch activity, in which students were asked to give their short “elevator pitch” (what you would tell someone about your research if you met them on a long elevator ride) to other students. Students were nervous at first but after a couple rotations around the room everyone felt more comfortable and confident giving their pitches. Many undergrads made connections with grad students and will likely be in contact with them after the event.IMG_3286

Attendees learned what an elevator pitch is and when they can use one (networking, career fairs, job interviews, etc). We practiced our pitches on each other in a speed dating style between undergrads and grad students and gave each other feedback and suggestions on how to improve our pitches. The activity was followed by dinner from Panera and informal mingling and discussion between grad students and undergrads.
This dinner is part of a series of undergraduate and graduate dinners sponsored by the Women for UMass Fund. Future mentoring dinners this semester will be March 12th and April 22nd.