Empowering Women in Science

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About EWIS

Welcome to EWIS! We are an organization of working professionals, including post-doctoral fellows and graduate scientists at the University of Minnesota. Our objective is to enable and empower women to fulfill their career goals and to reach the highest level of leadership while advocating gender equality for all in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Traditionally, women were awarded a small fraction of science related degrees. But times have changed and according to Higher Education Today, women's overall participation in STEM fields has grown, and women are now earning over half of all Bachelor's degrees awarded in scientific fields.  However, women are still professionally underrepresented and face significant challenges at the highest professional levels.

We seek to ovecome the challenges by supporting women at all career levels through our five main goals:

  • Advocacy/awareness about sexism
  • Combating sexism in daily life
  • Promoting gender equality
  • Career development/support systems for female scientists
  • Networking/community building support for future generations 

Our group is sponsored by the Center for Immunology within the University of Minnesota Medical School. This group is for women in science at the University of Minnesota to get connected! If you're a graduate student, postdoc, faculty, staff, resident, or some other scientist -- join! By connecting, we can establish collaborations, support, mentoring and share insights as women in science! 

If you would like to learn more about our leadership or contact someone directly click here.


News and Happenings

EWIS secured a UMN Campus Climate Micro grant to set up a seminar to help train biomedical scientists to learn how to effectively work in diverse teams to achieve a common goal.  The seminar will be held during the Spring of 2018, please watch both the website and Facebook page for further information.  You can also connect directly via email. This award was granted by the Campus Climate Engagement Team at the University of Minnesota.  In its third year, CCET received over 67 applications and awarded nearly $24,000 to 31 projects.  For more information on the projects awarded or on CCET click here.


Connect with Us!

Here is our Facebook page. Like our page, stay up to date on events we put on and support around campus, and connect with other people who support women scientists!

To contact us directly, send an email to ewis@umn.edu and ask to be put on our listserv.

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Signs for Earth Day/March for Science April 22, 2017

Signs for Earth Day/March for Science April 22, 2017

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EWIS showing support at March for Science

EWIS showing support at March for Science