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AWIS-WV receives the Star Chapters and Affiliates Award

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is announcing the recipients of its 2018 STAR Chapters and Affiliates Award. Thirty AWIS chapters and affiliates from coast-to-coast will receive the STAR Award for demonstrating strong leadership and well-organized programs to advance women in STEM in all employment sectors. Groups that successfully accomplish 12 of the goals outlined by the AWIS National Governing Board and the Chapters and Affiliates Committee during the fiscal year are honored with the annual AWIS STAR Chapters and Affiliate Award.

AWIS-WV to host annual Expanding Your Horizons event for middle school girls

The Expanding Your Horizons Conference is for 5th-9th grade girls and will be held on Saturday, April 21st at White Hall on the downtown WVU campus. More details and registrations are available at http://www.expandingyourhorizons.org/conferences/WestVirginia/


AWIS-WV and Women in Physics and Astronomy to host breakfast with Emily Calandrelli

Dear Colleagues,

We are delighted to invite you to meet an extraordinary WVU Alum, Ms. Emily Calandrelli.  Also known as “The Space Gal,” Emily is a t.v. personality and children’s book author who says publicly that it is her mission to get more people excited about science and to help people understand science.  She earned an engineering degree from WVU and went on to do graduate work at MIT.

Emily will be on campus as a Campus Read speaker on November 6.  Her talk will be at 7:30 p.m. on 11/6 in the Lair Ballrooms.  We’d love to see you there.

But we’d also like to invite you to a private breakfast with Emily as follows:

Tuesday November 7

8:30 a.m.

Contact amy.keesee@mail.wvu.edu for details.

AWIS-WV hosting "We Marched-Now What?" Webinar and Brown Bag Lunch

If we don’t speak up for ourselves and our concerns, who will? During this 60 minute webinar, advocacy experts will share best practices for how you can become an AWIS ambassador who drives systemic change initiatives. We will watch the webinar and follow up with discussion and networking. More details on this flyer.

AWIS-WV co-organizing events related to Hidden Figures

The WVU 2017-2018 Campus Reads book is Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly. AWIS-WV is co-organizing campus events related to the book which is relevant to women in STEM, including a second-annual Wikipedia edit-a-thon on October 11. The calendar of events is here: http://campusread.wvu.edu/attend-our-events

AWIS-WV to host Afternoon Tea with Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

Please join us for an afternoon tea with Professor Patricia Wright. The event is open to all faculty and student women in STEM and will be held

Monday, February 6th   

3:30-4:30 PM

Bluestone Room, Mountainlair 

AWIS-WV to host Wikipedia edit-a-thon to increase representation of Women in STEM

Please join us to increase the representation of women in STEM on Wikipedia at an edit-a-thon Thursday, October 27th, 4-7pm in the WVU Downtown Library, room 2036. AWIS-WV is holding this event in partnership with the Wiki Education Foundation and in celebration of Ada Lovelace Day: http://findingada.com/. Please bring your laptop or tablet. No wiki experience necessary. Kelly Doyle, WVU’s Wikipedian in Residence, is co-hosting and will provide an intro to editing Wikipedia pages.

Wikipedia event page

Facebook Event Page

AWIS-WV Founding Member and VP selected to lead graduate program

Linda Vona-Davis has been selected to lead the Biomedical Masters of Science graduate program. Read more.

WV STEM+ Family Travel Fund offers Dependent Care Travel Grants

WV STEM+ Family Travel Fund is now accepting applications through April 30. The first statewide program in the nation, the travel fund will provide female faculty and post-doctoral scholars at West Virginia public and private institutions of higher learning, including two-year colleges, the opportunity to apply for funding. The fund offers reimbursement of incremental child and eldercare expenses incurred as a result of traveling. The fund is made possible by a two-year grant from the Elsevier Foundation’s New Scholars Program. The funds will be administered by the Division of Science and Research at the Higher Education Policy Commission. For more information, check out http://stemtravel.wvu.edu/

EYH Outreach Event to be held on Saturday, April 9   http://wvu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebb9F7APDs4CLwp 

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH): EYH is an annual outreach event for middle school girls coordinated by the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). Each spring, WV AWIS travels to a different location across the state to bring hands-on experiments to girls in 6th-9th grade. The 2016 event will be Saturday, April 9th at the WVU Institute of Technology in Montgomery, WV. The event pairs middle school girls with local professionals, researchers, academics, and students who’ve made science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) their career and demonstrates the creative and fun side of these fields. The event runs from 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM, however workshop leaders can opt to work for a portion of the day (if you prefer either morning or afternoon workshops, please indicate in the “Special Needs” section).

AWIS Networking Lunches

Come have lunch and network with women in STEM fields. All students and faculty are welcome! Look for the yellow AWIS table sign in Hatfields, but feel free to come and go as needed.

o   Mondays (11:30-1:00 – open to come and go as needed) @ Hatfields

  • Feb 15, March 14, April 11

o   Thursdays (12:00-1:00) @ Hatfields

  • March 3, April 28

AWIS-WV receives generous donation to support outreach

The WV Chapter of AWIS has received a generous donation from Jan Westerik to honor her sister Judith Westerik who was an office in our WV AWIS Chapter for many years. We thank Jan for remembering the work that Judith did as our treasurer.  Judith will be sadly missed, but her memory lives on as scholarship funds for middle school girls to attend outreach activities geared toward STEM career fields.


Judith Westerik, PhD 

WV School of Osteopathic Medicine

AWIS-WV receives 2014-2015 Star Chapter Award

The WV Chapter of AWIS has received the Star Chapter Award for the second year in a row. The Award is given to chapters that demonstrate through an application that they have done at least a minimum of activities that align with the Strategic Plan.