Shooting Pool with GWIS at Michael’s Billiards


Our first-ever pool tournament was hosted last week at Michael’s Billiards.  We had a great turnout – about twenty five of you came and enjoyed pizza, pool, and good people.  GWIS executive chair Rachel Koh and teammate Liz Isenstein (pictured below) took home the championship title – congrats!

August Networking Ice Breakers and Ice Cream Social

Join us on Thursday, August 6 at 3 pm in Goessman Hall 252 (GWIS HQ) for coffee, ice cream, and the good company of fellow STEM graduate students! Meet new folks over ice breakers and ice cream sundaes (non-dairy options will be provided). Coffee will be provided for those who thrive on a constant influx of caffeine (and those who would like to drink a cup of coffee).

All are welcome – no registration required.

Ice cream

Summer Social for Students of STEM

Join GWIS, the Materials Research Society, and Graduate Students for Diversity in Science and Engineering at Stacker’s pub for the STEM summer social event that should not be missed!  Celebrate the summer before the return of the undergraduates; enjoy a casual night out with your fellow STEM students while learning more about these three organizations and their members.  Appetizers and food will be provided!  Vegetarian options will be available!

Meet at Stacker’s Pub (57 N Pleasant St. Amherst, MA) at 6:30pm on Wed, Aug 5th!

Pre-registration is required, please click here to register!

Hope to see you there :)

Grant Searching for International Students

Check out this event held by the Graduate School OPD and International Programs Office!

If you’re an international student or post-doc, I highly recommend you register to learn more about grants and fellowships open to non-US citizens.

Many external grants or fellowships are restricted to US citizens or permanent residents,a limitation that poses a particular challenge to international students searching for external funding opportunities.Specifically tailored for graduate students and postdocs who are not US citizens or permanent residents, this session will introduce basic funding search tips and tools. Pre-registration requested. Co-sponsored by the International Programs Office.

What: Grant Searching for International Students                                                        When: August 13th from 2:30-4:00                                                                             Where: 904-908 Campus Center                                                                                Who: Non-US citizen Post-Docs and Graduate Students

Enhancing Policy, Transforming Careers: Opportunities in Science and Technology

Thinking about post-doctoral opportunities?  Interested in science and technology policy?  On July 30th at 1:45pm GWIS is hosting a webinar watch about AAAS fellowships in N610 LSL. The questions will be general so please feel free to attend or watch the webinar even if the topic does not exactly match your field. The discussion may still be relevant for you!

Coffee and donuts will be available at 1:45pm and webinars start at 2pm
July 30th for Engineers, Computation Scientists, and Mathematicians
August 20th for Social Scientists
For more information and to register for the webinar click here

Find more information about the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowships

Have a question related to STEM policy? Want to learn more? Stay tuned for more events in the fall about policy-related events for STEM graduate students!

GWIS Pool Tournament at Micheal’s Billiards

Join us on Wednesday, July 15th for a bracket-style pool tournament at Micheal’s Billiards! Test your pool skills and meet graduate students from other departments. Enter with a partner, or let us find one for you! The single-elimination tournament will follow the rules designated by the US Professional Pool Players Association, found here.

Pool tables for tournament participants and pizza will be provided. Cash bar. 21+ only. Registration for the tournament is free and required. Space in the tournament is limited and entry will be given in order of registration time. Spectators are encouraged to come watch!

WHAT: GWIS Pool Tournament
WHEN: Wednesday, July 15 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Micheal’s Billiards, 10 Belchertown Road, Amherst MA


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.