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 is hosting an Open House

EWIS is hosting an open house on Friday, September 14th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm in 1-101 MRF.

Come to learn about our initiative, resources, and upcoming events, and interact with scientists interested in promoting gender equality on campus and beyond. Drinks and snacks will be provided, so RSVP here
All are welcome! For more information, download the flyer

Congratulations to Tijana Martinov, the 2018 Sharon L. Doherty Student Leadership award winner

tijuana 200x200Tijana Martinov, a Ph.D. candidate in the Fife lab, a leader of the Association of Multicultural Scientists, and an active member of the Career Development Committee within her graduate program was awarded the 2018 Sharon L. Doherty Award. This award is given to a University of Minnesota student who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service concerning women's issues on campus or in the broader community. The Doherty Award was established in 1993 and honors the work of former doctoral student and University of Minnesota alumna, Sharon Doherty, whose exhaustive efforts led to the successful Commission on Women's Students Initiative and continued University commitment to programming for women students. Tijana will be awarded $1000, to be used in support of attendance at a national leadership conference. The award will be given at the annual Celebrating Changemakers event hosted by the Women's Center on October 11, 2018. Everyone is welcome to attend the ceremony, RSVP 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.

Marie Curie quote

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

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

Girls with dreams become women with vision  ~unknown
EWIS showing support at March for Science

EWIS showing support at March for Science