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.

GWIS Professional Development and Indian Student Association Lunch

The Graduate Women in Stem (GWIS) and Indian Student Association (ISA) are collaborating for the first time to help graduate students from all departments with professional and personal advancement along with some social events. We’re organizing our first social event including lunch on Thursday, May 14th, starting 12:30 pm and would be delighted to see you join us!
Come, be a part of this collaboration and get information about who we are, what we do, upcoming events as well as tell us what kind of events you’d like us to arrange. Lunch from The Works will be served. No pre-registration required. All graduate students are invited!

When: Thursday, May 14th at 12:30

Where: N610 Life Science Labs

Who: All graduate students

Hope to see you there!

Interested in Peer Mentoring?

New peer mentoring groups are starting to form from the primordial GWIS sludge!  Sign up if you’re interested in joining a new support network (not just because of the ice cream social that will happen in a few weeks, date TBA)!  Hope to see you there :)

Here’s the link again:


SWE Junior Engineering Girl Scouts Day Saturday April 25th

The Society of Women Engineers are in need of a couple more volunteers for Junior Engineering Girl Scouts Day this Saturday, April 25th and would love to have some of the GWIS women help out. This year the girl scouts are building solar cars and learning about alternative energies. Each volunteer will primarily work with a group of 2-4 girls and help them think outside the box when building their solar cars.

The event will be held in the Gunness Student Center in Marcus Hall on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM.

If you are interested please email Tiffany ( saying you are interested and fill out the following Doodle poll:

The day is split into two shifts – morning and noon. We are also having a quick training session to review how the solar cars will be assembled tomorrow (Friday April 24th) at 6PM in the SWE room (Marston 34). If you have the time, please come by! Attached is the agenda for the day as a guide for yourself.

This is a great opportunity for us women in the STEM field to reach out to the community. I hope you will consider joining this event!

Thank you,

Tiffany, SWE Vice President


New GWIS headquarters!

The GWIS office and meeting space is now located in Goessman 252!

GWIS space

All are welcome to use this big, beautiful, science-y space to meet, work, and share time together.

Check out this gallery documenting GWIS members making this former lab space a nice place to meet and work:

The next GWIS General Body meeting will be held here! Hope to see you soon.

Dr. Marisha Godek Returns to UMass Next Wednesday, 4/22

Dr. Godek previously attended our Spring 2014 Networking Mixer, where she was a stellar panelist.  Next week, she returns to give a talk at Casey Gilman’s Science Communication course.  The talk will be open to other students – pre-registration is required (see details below).

Communications is very excited to announce that OPD is sponsoring an hour-long roundtable discussion with Dr. Godek aimed at GWIS members.  Dr. Godek will be happy to discuss her career in industry, scientific communication, mentoring/leadership, and so on.  Please pre-register to join us (more details below!)

What: Communicating Technical Ideas to Non-technical Partners

When: Wednesday, 4/22 1pm-2pm

Where: 319 Morrill 2 South



What: Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Godek

When: Wednesday, 4/22 3:45-4:45

Where: 8th Floor of the Campus Center


NB: Next Wednesday will follow a Monday schedule!

We hope to see you there!!!

Networking’s First Event – the Gender Matters Lecture Reception

Around fifty people showed up to our networking reception which took place immediately after the Gender Matters Lecture last week.  The lecture focused on implicit biases against women in STEM, in academia, and in general.  The reception afterwards had a fantastic turnout – we were really excited to see everyone there!  Attendees included students, faculty, and professionals.



The reception began with an ice-breaking game to help everyone get to know each other.  Each attendee was given a card with a word on it, and asked to find the person who held a card with the associated word (e.g. multiplication and division, north and south, etc.).  After the game, attendees were given a chance to mix and mingle, allowing them to discuss the issues presented during the lecture.  DSC_5705

Hope you had a chance to attend, and looking forward to seeing you at our next event!