Association for Women in Science

aka AWIS   |   Washington, DC   |  www.awis.org

Mission

AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

Ruling year info

1990

CEO

Mrs. Sandra W Robert

Main address

1629 K Street, NW STE 300

Washington, DC 20006 USA

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EIN

23-7221574

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (U03)

Professional Societies & Associations (B03)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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AWIS aims to address inequity, bias, and issues relating to women in science. AWIS also aims to help women in STEM achieve their full potential through leadership and professional talent development at all career stages and in all workplace settings.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

AWIS Distinguished Doctoral Research Scholarship

Awarded to an AWIS member whose dissertation research project is judged likely to make important and original contributions to her field. This $10,000 award is intended for a pre-doctoral student in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, or Engineering who is a woman expecting to graduate within 2 years of the application deadline. We will begin accepting applications in November for the inaugural award in May 2021

Population(s) Served

Awarded annually to an AWIS member who is a woman with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM-related field that has been out of the workforce for more than two years. This $10,000 award will be used for additional education, to afford participation in an incubator, or cover start-up fees for a scientific innovation or product.

Population(s) Served

These awards provide AWIS Chapters with an additional $500-1000 for local programming and activities such as K-12 science fairs, mentoring programs, advocacy, outreach, college scholarships, entrepreneurship, and leadership training. Chapter grant recipients are selected by AWIS’ Chapter & Affiliate Committee based upon end-of-year reports submitted by chapters.

Population(s) Served

Funded by the AWIS Educational Foundation, this $2,000 award goes to an undergraduate woman studying physics, geophysics, or geoscience. Applications are due March 15, to the Society of Physics Students, an organization of the American institute of Physics. The SPS Scholarship Committee will determine the recipients. Applicants must be active members of the SPS national organization.

Population(s) Served

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Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

AWIS is a global network that inspires bold leadership, research, and solutions that advance women in STEM, spark innovation, promote organizational success, and drive systemic change.

AWIS's pillars are:

Advocacy and Public Engagement
-AWIS works at the nexus of STEM and gender to provide high-quality policy solutions and recommendations for broadening participation across all disciplines and employment sectors.

Talent and Leadership Development
-AWIS helps women in STEM achieve their full potential through leadership and professional talent development at all career stages and in all workplace settings.

Research and Analysis
-AWIS provides research and analysis on contemporary issues relevant to America’s STEM enterprise. Thoughtful leadership includes workforce recruitment, retention, and recognition.

Strategic Partnerships and Business Solutions
-AWIS is your partner. We support the corporate transformation to cultivate supportive and inclusive work cultures that help attract and retain top talent.

AWIS members are equipped to:

Invest In Yourself
-AWIS gives you the tools and connections you need to lead in your profession. Access our on-demand career and personal development resources, exclusively tailored to the needs of women in STEM.

Build Your Community
-AWIS is a global network with 80 grassroots chapters and affiliates connecting more than 100,000 professionals in STEM with members, allies, and supporters worldwide.

Be Informed
-AWIS research and thought leaders’ communications dig deep into the literature and are designed to support you, as you define and accelerate your individual success.

Stand Tall for Diversity and Inclusion
-AWIS fosters alliances that lead to action and advocacy, crucial to the creation of lasting, impactful change. With AWIS, you amplify your voice on issues that impact science, society, and women in STEM across all disciplines and work sectors.

Make Systemic Change Happen
-AWIS magnifies your power to be a change agent for equity and inclusion in STEM. Our research provides evidence-based applications and practical solutions to transform the STEM workplace across all employment sectors.

Become an AWIS Ambassador
-Lend your experience to inform AWIS advocacy, research, and systemic change initiatives. As a leader in STEM, you serve as a role model, mentor, and champion for women in STEM.

AWIS has a dedicated board and staff tasked with fulfilling the mission through our programs, strategies, and chapters.

View to see our extensive history in activism: https://www.awis.org/about-awis/awis-history/

2019
The ARC Network
AWIS launches the ARC Network, the STEM equity brain trust, a priority initiative to create meaningful systemic change in academia.

2019
Equity in STEM Community Convening
The first ever Equity in STEM Community Convening, hosted by AWIS’ ARC Network, serves as a meeting space for researchers, practitioners, and change agents dedicated to creating equitable STEM workplaces.

2020
AWIS on the Front
AWIS signs dissent letters and well as created an anti-racism task force to further break down biases within the scientific community

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

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Association for Women in Science

Board of directors
as of 10/28/2020
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Board chair

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister

Managing Director, Biomedical Innovation Advisors, LLC, and President and CEO, Biomedical Growth Strategies, LLC

Term: 2018 -

Robert Powell

Professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of Food Science and Technology, University of California Davis

Pamela Marrone

CEO and Founder, Marrone Bio Innovations, Inc.

Vasudev Bailey

Partner, ARTIS Ventures

Jennifer Blum

Data Scientist, Axiologic Solutions

Jennifer Elisseeff

Professor, Johns Hopkins

Sara Kenkare-Mitra

Senior Vice President, Development Sciences, Genentech

Wendy Mayer

Vice President Strategy, Pfizer Innovative Health

Pamela McCauley

Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering and Management Systems, University of Central Florida

Gilian Small

Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Elizabeth Travis

Provost and Senior VP for Academic Affairs, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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