Summer Workshops with Girls, Inc. Eureka! on July 16th and 17th

We need your help! We’re looking for volunteers who want to participate in two workshops with the Girls Inc. of Holyoke on July 16 and July 17th from 9:30 am to 12 pm:
“Playing with Pillbugs: Experimental Design and Animal Behavior”
In this exercise, students learn about pillbugs (aka roly polys)—a land-dwelling crustacean. Students begin by observing pillbug behavior and then create hypotheses about habitat and food preference.
“What’s in your Water?”
This water quality workshop aims to demonstrate the need for the treatment of water to make it potable. Students perform simple tests on water samples provided.There will be a training on Tuesday July 15th at 4 pm in ISB 355. We will do a quick run-through of the exercises and familiarize volunteers with the material. You can also have lunch with the girls after the workshop if you are interested.

If you’d like to participate, please email and  The more graduate women participating, the better the experience for our young friends!  Thank you!

Graduate Student/Faculty Luncheons on July 23rd and August 13th

Please join GWIS, your fellow graduate students, and members of our faculty for an informal luncheon this summer!  Don’t miss this special opportunity for a small number of graduate students and faculty from across CNS and CoE to meet in a more relaxed setting to discuss a range of topics from research interests and career experiences to work/life balance.  A tasty lunch from Panera Bread will be provided.  Space is limited so please RSVP today!

What: Tasty lunch with graduate students and faculty

When: July 23rd and August 13th at noon

Where: Gunness Student Center, Marcus Hall


Check out the Spring 2014 issue of GQM!

GQM_sping cover

Brought to you by the UMass Graduate Women in STEM!

Click the link below to see the spring edition of GQM:

GQM Spring 2014

Reader responses received by July 1st 2014 will may be published (with permission) in the summer issue, along with a response from the editor. T-shirt contest also ends July 1st 2014.


Did you know? We are looking for contributors of all commitment and experience levels!

If you’re interested in any aspect of publishing including (but not limited to!) research, journalism, interviews, editing, column writing, blogging, opinion writing, photography,  cartooning or graphic design, we would love to have you!


UMass graduate students in STEM fields develop networking skills

The Young Professionals networking event hosted by the UMass Graduate Women in STEM was a huge success!

Keynote speaker Dr. Judy Giordan discussed issues facing women navigating the landscape of STEM careers and attendees learned how their personalities influence their leadership styles and interactions.

The career panelists covered what today’s STEM industries are looking for in recent graduates, the importance of developing soft skills like communication, leadership and networking, and the benefits of becoming involved in professional societies in developing these skills and gaining new opportunities.

The catered reception was a huge hit – students made new contacts both with the visiting industry professionals and with other students from across a wide variety of departments – over thirty different fields were represented.

100 students and industry professionals attended the event.

Stay tuned for a link to slides and materials from the keynote speaker!


Introduction to Peer Mentoring Groups

What are GWIS peer mentoring groups?

They’re small groups of STEM graduate students ranging from 3-8 members. Group is typically a time used to talk to other STEM graduate peers about experiences, frustrations, accomplishments, and to get advice or words of encouragement. Groups decide their own meeting schedule and chose what they want to talk about. That means lots of flexibility to make it a useful support system and friend network for you!

Interested in joining a group?? Already in a group??

Please join us to kick off a new summer of peer mentoring! Current mentoring group members welcome!

The GWIS Mentoring Committee is hosting an introductory event to welcome new peer mentoring group members. Come learn about different mentoring styles and meet with current group members across STEM departments. If you’re unable to attend but still want to join a group, please fill out this quick survey.

Wednesday, May 28th

5-6 pm, Kellogg Room (Engineering Lab 2)

Snacks will be provided!

Outreach Workshop with Eureka! on Saturday May 17th at UMass

Volunteer for outreach with teenage girls from Girls Inc. of Holyoke!Tap-Water-

What’s In Your Water? We will be doing a water treatment workshop with the girls from last summer! This water quality workshop aims to demonstrate the need for the treatment of water to make it potable. We need volunteers to help work with the girls. Send an email to with Outreach in the subject line if you’re interested! The workshop will be here on Saturday May 17th from 10 am to 12 pm in ISB 355.


Don’t miss the career exploration event for STEM grad students on May 21st!



Brought to you by the Office of Professional Development! 

Would you like to learn more about non-academic career paths from a panel of accomplished professionals?  Attend this event to gain insights about careers in research, business development, intellectual property, regulatory affairs and medical writing from professionals working in a variety of pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, healthcare, and non-profit settings. This FREE event kicks off with refreshments at 9:30 AM Wednesday, May 21 in the Integrated Sciences Building Atrium/Auditorium.  The panel session is open to all, but seating at a complimentary networking luncheon with panelists is limited and luncheon registration is required.


Register today for the Young Professionals Networking Event

GWIS mixer flyer

Are YOU ready for JOB SEARCHING?

Knowing how to network is essential!!

Join GWIS for an afternoon to boost your professional network and help you land crucial opportunities.



What: The Young Professionals Networking Event
When: Wednesday, May 14th – three events from 3pm – 7:30pm
Where: The Student Union Ballroom

At 3pm – keynote speaker Dr. Judy Giordan will demonstrate the power of networking in ‘Bragging, Branding or just BEING PROUD!’
At 4:30pm – five STEM industry professionals of diverse backgrounds and fields will share tips and tricks for gaining new opportunities. 
At 5:30pm – an opportunity for graduate students to network with many industry professionals and their peers.


Check out speaker bios HERE

Extracting DNA with Urban League of Springfield!

Middle school Students from the Urban League of Springfield came to UMass on Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25 to tour the campus of UMass Amherst and participate in STEM-related activities. GWIS outreach members Arianne Bazilio, Amy Ryan, and Katherine Lownsbery had a blast working with the students using simple chemistry to extract DNA from strawberries and wheat germ! OH YES, YOU CAN SEE DNA, RIGHT BEFORE YOUR VERY EYES! All you need are some simple ingredients that you can find in your kitchen! The students even got to take their DNA home with them! The students also toured a chemistry teaching lab and saw some very sophisticated (and expensive!) instruments such as gas and high performance liquid chromatographs, and UV-Vis spectrophotometers. They thought high performance liquid chromatography was pretty cool as it could be used to detect and quantify the caffeine content in foods such as chocolate.

Graduate Women’s Network End of Semester Social Event for Female-Identified Graduate Students!!

Thursday May 1st from 6p-8:30p at the Amherst Brewing Company 

A message from the UMass Graduate Women’s Network (GWN):



We’ve survived Spring 2013!!  Come celebrate surviving the semester before we get bogged down in finals.  Have some great beers, delicious food and great company! Light refreshments will be provided.  This is a time for all female-identified grad students to have a great evening; transcend their department boundaries, make new friends, and catch-up with current ones!

In order to order the proper amount of food, please reply to this email or contact Stefanie Robles at if you are interested in attending.