Breaking the Ice over Coffee

Have you ever wanted to approach the speaker after a talk?  or a memorable conversation at the conference coffee breaks?

Join us for a workshop where we will explore every aspect of the conversation: the approach, the content, and the notable closing.

-Free coffee and donuts –

Learn the techniques to break the ice and leave an impression through improvisation comedy.
When Thursday Nov. 6th 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Where: Life Sciences Laboratores N610
Why: Skills for the technical world and your every day life
How: Come join us and members of Mission: IMPROVable
Register here!


Brought to you in collaboration with GWIS, Materials Research Society, and Mission: IMPROVable




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Python-The basics

Ever think about learning more about programming but didn’t know where to look?
GWIS is holding an interactive workshop to show the ropes and basics of the versatile programming language popular with scientists and engineers: python!
What: Interactive python programming workshop – Session 1
When: Tuesday, November 4th. 3:00-4:30pm 
Where: CS Building 150 
Participants will interact with experts learn the including:

  • numpy  – integrate python into a variety of databases
  • scipy
  • plotting
  • making a matrix
  • basic matrix math
Feel free to join us if you did not attend the previous session!
Free coffee and Atkins cider donuts!
Don’t forget to BRING YOUR LAPTOP!
This is Session 1 in the Python Workshop Series sponsored by the Graduate Women in STEM:
This will be followed up with:
Session 2 – November 18th
Data manipulation, library sci kit learn- mathematical learning
Session 3 – December 4th
Model your own data

GWIS member exclusive: coffee with visiting industry scientist

 Come and meet Dr. Masha Fridkis-Hareli, of Accelerating Translational Research, LLC. 

You might remember Dr. Fridkis-Hareli as an industry panelist at the GWIS networking event last spring. Check out her bio HERE.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 12th 2014,  2:00pm – 2:45pm
WHERE: Campus Center 804-08

Free coffee and snacks! 

Space is limited! REGISTER HERE!


Dr. Fridkis-Hareli will be speaking at two events of great interest to GWIS members the same day (Wed Nov 12th):

Brought to you by the Graduate School’s Office of Professional Development. 

GSCA Women of Color Support Group Session

The Graduate Student of Color Association is co-sponsoring a support group session with the Center for Women and Community, focused on supporting mental health and self-care of graduate women of color. 

WHEN: November 19th, 5:30-7:30pm
WHERE: Campus Center 174-76

Facilitated by Dr. Mamta Dadlani, this session will provide an opportunity for graduate women of color to share concerns they face in graduate school, as well as leave with coping strategies for dealing with these challenges.

Food and refreshments will be provided.

Space is limited to 20 participants. RSVP HERE.

Python: Back by Popular Demand

Programming is a valuable and marketable skill for STEM fields! But it is not formally taught in many graduate programs.

Join GWIS for an interactive workshop series on the very versatile and popular python programming language.

This is the second repetition of the popular first workshop and will be focused on installation and first steps:

  • Tuesday, October 21st 3:00-4:30pm in ISB 145 
  • Led by computer science PhD student Kyle Wray, teaching award winner, and other experts
  • Register here!


Don’t Forget to Attend October’s STEM Graduate Student Appreciation Day

Feeling weary with teaching, classes, research, and other responsibilities?  Venture forth to the land beyond the library, and join us for the October STEM appreciation day! 


STEM graduate student appreciation day coffee hours will be held monthly – traveling across campus each month


Come enjoy a free afternoon coffee and some snacks, while networking with graduate students from other STEM fields!

  • Wednesday October 22 @ 2:30pm in Tobin 521B
  • Thursday November 13 @ 2:30pm in Computer Science (room TBA)


We appreciate you!

Sponsored jointly by GWIS and the Graduate School.

Conversations Abound at the Dynamic STEM Careers Lunch

With the small group size, each participant had the opportunity to voice their ideas. Everyone was able to make eye contact and the conversation flowed more naturally with the two speakers and the participants jumping off of others’ ideas. This setting drove the conversation in unexpected but helpful ways and helped those in attendance make deeper connections.


We talked about NCR, adaptability and career-long learning but also about the structure of undergraduate study, the future of funding in the US and the world, and higher education overall.
We received great feedback from the participants and also the speakers!  A big thanks to our eighteen participants for coming out! 

The Situation Room: Navigating Negotiation

Take a turn in the hot seat!

Negotiation is a crucial skill whether you’re thinking of industry or academia.

How would you handle the hard questions? What’s the norm in negotiation?

  • WHEN: Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 12:00-1:30p.m
  • WHERE: Gunness Student Center (Marcus Hall) 

This workshop will feature Professor Laura Cadonati speaking about her experiences negotiating throughout her academic career in physics. She will be joined by fellow UMass professors to negotiate live with participants and provide additional feedback.

Four participants will have the opportunity to navigate a live 5 minute negotiation with the panelists and receive valuable feedback on their performance from the panel and their peers.
All audience members will be able to observe and help give feedback.


This workshop is geared toward women in STEM fields, providing the experience and expertise of women negotiators for women graduate students.

Registration required! REGISTER HERE 

Outreach Committee Meeting TOMORROW, 10/7

Interested in working with students outside of UMass?  Trying to make a difference with a wider focus?  Join the GWIS Outreach comittee for a short info session on planning or participating in future outreach activities

When: Tuesday, October 10th at 5:30

Where: In the Campus Center, by the Yum! Bakery

Registration is NOT required – just bring yourself!

More great upcoming events from OPD!


Team building:  Are you wondering what makes a team “high performing”?  Ever wonder how managers create and maintain such teams?  If management lies in your future, don’t miss this discussion led by Kellie Crantz, Vice President of Human Resources – Oct 15th.  Register here!

 Grant writing:  Do you watch faculty members submitting MANY grants and wonder how they do it? Professor Lisa Chasan-Taber will lead an intensive grant writing workshop, based on her recently published grant proposal writing guide. Space is limited – register here!

For more details, check the events out in the GWIS calendar, or go to the Office of Professional Development’s website.