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

Registration: http://bit.ly/TechnicalCommunication


What: Roundtable Discussion with Dr. Godek

When: Wednesday, 4/22 3:45-4:45

Where: 8th Floor of the Campus Center

Registration: http://bit.ly/GWISroundtable

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!

Fulbright scholarship events

Want to continue yFulbright_StudentProd14_500x500 (1)our graduate studies or research abroad? Join the ranks of UMass Amherst graduate students in STEM fields who have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship!

The UMass Commonwealth Honors College is hosting two events this semester to help boost your chance of success:

  • Info session on April 15 from 12:00
  • Application boot camp on May 7th from 9:00 to 12:00

Check out the flyer for more details!

Fulbright flyer 2015

GWIS Spring 2015 General Body Meeting

It’s finally getting warmer outside, and that means it’s time for our spring General Body meeting!

  • Thursday, April 23rd @ 5:30pm
  • At the NEW GWIS headquarters – Goessman 252

We have some exciting things in store:

  • Tour of our new space, open to all GWIS members for meeting, studying, or hanging outtrivia-night
  • Excellent TRIVIA with free GWIS T-shirts for the winning team!
  • Free pizza and soda!

And last but not least, our first ever GWIS T-shirt sale! 

Bring $10 in cash with you to the meeting to purchase one of our beautiful GWIS T-shirts:

(Supplies are limited – first come, first served. This will be the only purchase opportunity until Fall 2015. Cash only please.)

We hope you take the opportunity to come out for a great time, meet other graduate students in STEM, and give the GWIS executive board feedback on what we can do to better support and advance graduate women in STEM!

(Another) Fantastic Undergraduate/Graduate Student Mentoring Dinner!

Last month at a mentoring dinner event, our dinner theme focused on graduate school applications – we wanted to get the undergraduate students interested in and excited about the process of applying to graduate school.  Our undergraduate mentees got plenty of informal time to talk about their thoughts on graduate school and ask any questions they may have. Some students are thinking about moving straight into graduate school, but some already have jobs lined up and are already considering going back to school after gaining some industry experience. Graduate students were able to reflect on their own thought processes about deciding to apply, and the reasons why we choose to come to UMass.  We talked about tips and tricks for exploring graduate degree options on a budget (how to get free campus visits, get free applications etc) and how to get paid for being a graduate students. Through this event, we made connections with undergraduate students and exchanged contact information for future informal mentoring.

The entire event was made possible by funding from the Women for UMass fund – and we are glad to report that it was a huge success!  About thirty students total (undergraduate and graduate) attended, and everyone was really engaged and engaging.  Thanks to the WFUM fund for making it possible, and thanks to everyone who attended for making it a success!

Networking Reception Immediately Following CNS Women in Science Initiative Lecture (room change!)

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 the Hadley room on the 10th floor of the campus center. 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 – bpearson@research.umass.edu

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 gss-gwn@umass.edu! Yoga Spring 2015