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Schollarships - AWIS
If you are you a pre-doctoral student in life sciences, physical sciences, behavioral sciences, mathematics or engineering you can apply for the AWIS Distinguished Doctoral Research Scholarship. These annual prizes support the professional development and advancement of AWIS members. Due to the generous support of their donors, AWIS has awarded over 40 scholarships in the last decade and awarded hundreds of grants to local AWIS chapters. Applications opened on December 9, 2022 and close February 28, 2023.
Posted on 12 Jan 2023
CERN openlab Summer Student Programme 2023
At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. During two full months corresponding to 9 weeks (June-August 2023), CERN openlab summer students will work on an advanced IT project and will be given a series of IT lectures specially prepared for them by experts at CERN and other institutes. The students also have the opportunity to attend the main CERN Summer student programme lectures, if they wish. Visits to the accelerators and experimental areas are part of the programme, as well as visits to external companies, pandemic allowing. A short report and a presentation on your work and project at CERN will be expected at the end of your stay.
Posted on 26 Dec 2022
Code Computerlove Appoints New Managing Director
Code Computerlove has appointed Gemma Handley as its new Managing Director. Gemma joined Code in 2018 and the promotion sees her moving from Commercial Director to Managing Director at the start of 2023. Gemma will replace current MD Rob Jones who is taking up a new position outside the group. Part of MediaCom North, Code was established in 1999 by founders Tony Foggett, Louis Georgiou and Wini Tse, and Gemma will now lead the 80-strong agency through its next phase of growth. Gemma has 15 years of experience in commercial delivery and operations and has been instrumental in introducing new company-wide operational and cultural initiatives, alongside progressing team-centric practices and relationship-focused collaboration tools. Prior to joining Code, she held delivery roles at some of Manchester’s biggest dot-coms including LateRooms and as well as working for agencies like Kin & Carta (formerly Amaze) and Dept (formerly Building Blocks). In January, the group will be officially part of EssenceMediacom and move into the new WPP Campus based in Enterprise City and St John’s tech, media and creative quarter.
Posted on 26 Dec 2022
AWIS Announces 2023 Scholarship Cycle is Open
Applications are open for AWIS scholarships, and they have even more to give this year! They'll award up to 13 scholarships for WomenInScience who are pre-doctoral students, women re-entering the workforce, and undergraduate students. You can apply by February 28.
Posted on 12 Dec 2022
I’ve Made More Than 1,700 Wikipedia Entries on Women Scientists and I’m Not Yet Done
“The job that pays me,” Jessica Wade told VICE, smiling, “is that of a material scientist who works on new material technology for a more sustainable future.” So, what’s the non-paying job for the 34-year-old British scientist who works as a research fellow in the Department of Materials at the Imperial College in London? Since 2017, it’s been writing a Wikipedia entry every day, sometimes even two, to highlight the achievements of women scientists whose contributions to the world have either gone unnoticed or remain largely unacknowledged, no thanks to the systemic racial bias in Wikipedia’s coverage as well as that of mainstream media. Wade had been thinking of “equity and representation in science” for a really long time, which is what led her to undertake what would later become an increasingly ambitious project. Having completed both her undergrad and PhD courses in physics, Wade was mindful to the extent her field of study remains largely accessible to people from more privileged socio-economic backgrounds. It’s also a field that is largely dominated by white men.
Posted on 12 Dec 2022
Moving labs: a checklist for researchers with disabilities
Kelsey Byers outlines some of the things disabled scientists should look out when they are looking to move labs, both at home and abroad. Byers, an evolutionary chemical ecologist who was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome in her 20s and is now a group leader at the John Innes Institute, a plant and microbial research institute in Norwich, UK, also offers advice on how to talk about disability to potential employers. She is joined by Logan Gin, a STEM education researcher at Brown University in Providence. Gin, who has diastrophic dysplasia dwarfism, describes how his research is helping to identify solutions to support students with disabilities.
Posted on 12 Dec 2022
Excellent Public Speaking for Scientists; AWIS Webinar; 12.8.2022
Like graphing data, choosing controls, or mixing clear solutions - public speaking is a skill any scientist can learn. Public speaking skills are developed over time with practice and experience. Dr. Joanne Kamens offers fundamentals for preparing and delivering a public talk that will keep the audience awake and interested.
Posted on 27 Nov 2022
Saying ‘no’ in science isn’t enough
When women refuse requests to do unrewarded tasks, another female colleague often gets asked instead. In August 2022, a group of female scholars wrote ‘Why four scientists spent a year saying no’: an article about what they had gained by saying no to 100 work-related requests over the course of year. They knew we had found kindred spirits in the authors. They, too, have lost time by saying yes to work that didn’t move their careers forward. That led four female professors, to form the No Club. Over the past decade, they have researched work that doesn’t help to advance careers - an attempt to understand why they, along with many others, were doing so much of it. They gave this work a name: non-promotable tasks (NPTs). Although this work matters to an organization, it brings no external reward or recognition to the individual who does it.
Posted on 27 Nov 2022
The Feminist Test We Keep Failing: Lost Women of Science Podcast
There’s a test that they at Lost Women of Science seem to fail again and again: the Finkbeiner test. Named for science writer, Ann Finkbeiner, the Finkbeiner test is a checklist for writing profiles of female scientists without being sexist. It includes rules such as not mentioning her husband’s job or her childcare arrangements or how she was the “first woman to ...” - all rules we break regularly on this show. In this episode, Katie Hafner talks to Christie Aschwanden, the science writer who created the test, and Ann Finkbeiner, who inspired it, to find out how they came up with these rules and to see if there might be hope yet for our series. Hafner reports her findings to Carol Sutton Lewis, who has a whole other set of rules for telling these stories.
Posted on 27 Nov 2022
How Alena Analeigh McQuarter Is Making STEM Dope For Black Girls
This 13-year-old shows girls how to chase their dreams at any age. It’s not every day you get to start your STEM journey at NASA. For Alena Analeigh McQuarter, her journey into the field of science was far beyond a few textbooks and planetarium trips. The 13-year-old went every summer to NASA and even interned at the space program before she went to college. Yes, college.The Fort Worth, Texas native is currently a college student at Arizona State University and Oakwood University. With an early start to her collegiate career, she holds the title of the youngest African American to get accepted into medical school at 13. In addition to being a teen prodigy, the STEM princess herself was featured as a speaker for Yahoo’s The MAKERS Conference in Dana Point, California, where she will be discussing how she is re-writing the future and helping to pave the way for young girls of color.
Posted on 10 Nov 2022

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