Events

People of all genders and majors are welcome! To RSVP to our events, please contact Maureen Snow (msnow@wesleyan.edu).

Organizational Meeting
Tues Sept 27, 12-1pm in Woodhead

Learn about WesWIS and opportunities to get involved this year! Please join us to support the promotion of women in the sciences and to weigh in with your opinions and ideas. Lunch will be served. People of all majors and genders are welcome.

Stargazing and Hot Chocolate
October 13, 8-9pm at the observatory

Join us for a night of stargazing, hot chocolate, and great company! Assistant Professor Meredith Hughes will be our celestial guide for the night. New friends and spectacular views of the universe: what could be better?  In case of inclement weather, we will turn this event into a hot cocoa and cookies mixer alongside shows in the inflatable planetarium.

Study Break
Monday, Dec 12, 9-11pm in Woodhead
Take a break from the stress of studying for finals by catching up with friends and refueling with caffeine and snacks! Or just form a study group and enjoy a pick-me-up! Donuts and coffee will be provided.

Upcoming Talks by Female Scientists

Anna Marie Pyle, Yale University (Biophysics Retreat Keynote)
Thursday, September 29, 12:15p,121ESC
Structural and mechanistic insights into RNA splicing
Host: Biophysics Program, Departments of Chemistry and MB&B

Elizabeth Kelley,NIST Center for Neutron Research
Thursday, October 6, 11:50a, ESC58
Title TBA

Ilse Cleeves, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Wednesday, November 2, 4:15p, VVO110
From Disks to Planets Through the Astrochemical Lens

Victoria Manfredi, Computer Science
Friday, November 4, 1:20-2:40p, SCIE109

Kate Whitaker, U Mass Amherst / U Conn Storrs
Wednesday, November 9, 4:15p, VVO110

Tracing the Cosmic Shutdown of Star Formation in Massive Galaxies

Hilary Barth, Psychology
Friday, November 11, 1:20-2:40p, SCIE109
Title TBA

JoAnne Engebrecht, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology, University of Califormia, Davis
Thursday, November 17, 12:15p, 121ESC
Title TBA
Host: Amy MacQueen

Manju Hingorani, MB&B
Friday, November 18, 1:20-2:40p, SCIE109
Mismatch Repair: Fixing DNA for Life

Stephanie E. Pierce, Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology, Dept Organismic & Evol Biology, Harvard University
Thursday, December 1, 12:15p, 121ESC
Without a leg to stand on: morphology and movement in the earliest tetrapods
Host: Annie Burke

Kerstin Nordstrom, Mount Holyoke College
Thursday, December 1, 11:50a, ESC58
Title TBA

Nia Imara, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
Wednesday, December 7, 4:15p, VVO110

Title TBA

Karen Arndt, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Thursday, December 8, 12:15p, 121ESC
Title TBA
Host: Michael McAlear

Ellen Thomas, College of Integrative Sciences
Friday, December 9, 1:20-2:40p, SCIE109
Title TBA






Lab Tours

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PAST EVENTS

New England Health Professions Fair at Yale University
Friday 9/28/12 12:00-3:00 PM at the Lanman Center, Payne Whitney Gymnasium
WesWIS will be sponsoring transportation for a limited number of students to attend the fair featuring representatives from: Allopathic, Osteopathic Medicine, & M.D./Ph.D. Programs, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Public Health Optometry, Podiatric Medicine, and Physicians Assistant Post-Baccalaureate Studies.

Post-Graduate Panel
Thursday 3/28/13 at 7 PM in Usdan 108
Come learn about the various opportunities in graduate studies from representatives in a wide range of disciplines. Dinner will be served, RSVP required.
Panelists include:

  • Yashoda Sharma, Project Coordinator at Yale University School of Medicine
  • Megan King, Assistant Professor at Yale University School of Medicine
  • Janeen Skutnik-Wilson, Partner of NSF-DBA at NSF International
  • Ethel Pippin: Strategic Marketing and Product Leader at MassMutual Financial Group, Founder of Almega Consulting Group 
  • NEURON
    Sunday 2/23/2014
    WesWIS will be taking students to the annual conference centered around neuroscience and undergrad research. For those interested in being featured in the poster session, abstracts are due TBA. 

First General Meeting of the Year 
Monday 9/22/14 at 12:00 PM in Allbritton 311
Learn about WesWIS and opportunities to get involved this year! Please join us to support the promotion of women in the sciences and to weigh in with your opinions and ideas. Lunch will be served. People of all majors and genders are welcome.

Stargazing & Hot Chocolate with Astronomer Meredith Hughes
Thursday 10/23/14  at 9:30-10:30 PM in the Astronomy Library (in Van Vleck Observatory)
Join us for a night of stargazing, hot chocolate, and great company! Assistant Professor Meredith Hughes will be our celestial guide for the night. New friends and spectacular views of the universe: what could be better? Update: In case of inclement weather, we will turn this event into a hot cocoa and cookies mixer. There may also be a pop-up planetarium!

WesCourses: Peer Mentor Lunch
Wednesday 11/7/14 at 12:00-1:00 PM in Allbritton 311
Get help planning out your courses. WesCourses is a peer-mentor lunch that's a great opportunity to get student-input on class selection during preregistration for the spring semester. Lunch will be served.

Summer Program Panel
Wednesday, 11/19/14 at 8 pm in Downey House Room 113
Interested in doing summer research but don’t know where to start? Students with diverse interests including astronomy, math, computer science, biology, environmental science, and medicine, and neuroscience will tell about the application process and their experiences at REU’s (research experiences for undergraduates), Wesleyan’s summer research program, and various other summer research opportunities. For many programs, the deadline to apply is in Jan, Feb, or March, so get a head start and some insider advice from your peers!

Late Night Study Break
Monday, 12/8/14 from 8:30-10:30pm in the Chemistry Lounge (Hall-Atwater 6)
Take a break from the stress of studying for finals by catching up with friends and refueling with caffeine and snacks! Or just form a study group and enjoy a pick-me-up! Donuts and coffee will be provided.

Kick-off Meeting: An Afternoon of Tea with Peers and STEM Faculty, with special guest Michelle Francl! 
Thursday 2/19/15 at 4PM in the Butterfield Room at the Wasch Center
We'll start with a few announcements and updates, and then set you loose to catch up with your peers and chat with the STEM profs.  We're expecting faculty from astronomy, biology, chemistry, MB&B, math, physics, and psychology, so no matter what kind of science you like, there will be cookies and conversation right up your alley!

Grad School Panel
Thursday 3/26/15 at 8PM in Woodhead Lounge
Ask recent (and a couple of not-so-recent) grads about applying to grad school and what it's like to be a grad student.  We'll have a good sampling across the sciences, including medicine.
WesCourses: Peer Mentor Lunch

Friday 4/3/15 at 12:00-1:00 PM in 201 Shanklin
Get help planning out your courses. WesCourses is a peer-mentor lunch that's a great opportunity to get student-input on class selection during preregistration for the spring semester. Get the lowdown on the best classes and profs from upperclass(wo)men.  No faculty allowed!  Lunch will be served.

Science Careers/Industry Panel
Monday 4/13/15 at 7PM in Room 12 in 41 Wyllys
What can you do with your science degree OTHER than grad school? Ask professionals in industry and medicine about their career paths and opportunities to use your STEM degree outside of academia. Dinner will be provided.

Women of Color in Stem Forum
co- sponsored with SUSS 
Tuesday, 4/21/15, 6:30-8:30pm in Room Allbritton 004
Double Jeopardy: A Discussion on Intersectionality

Late Night Study Break
Monday, 5/09/15 from 9:00pm - 1am in the Chemistry Lounge (Hall-Atwater 6)
Take a break from the stress of studying for finals by catching up with friends and refueling with caffeine and snacks! Or just form a study group and enjoy a pick-me-up! Donuts and coffee will be provided.

First General Meeting of the Year 
Wednesday 9/23/15 at 12:00 PM in Allbritton 311
Learn about WesWIS and opportunities to get involved this year! Please join us to support the promotion of women in the sciences and to weigh in with your opinions and ideas. Lunch will be served. People of all majors and genders are welcome.

Stargazing & Hot Chocolate with Astronomer Meredith Hughes
Thursday, 10/7/15  at 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Astronomy Library (in Van Vleck Observatory)
Join us for a night of stargazing, hot chocolate, and great company! Assistant Professor Meredith Hughes will be our celestial guide for the night. New friends and spectacular views of the universe: what could be better?  Stargazing 7:30 - 8:30 with hot chocolate and conversation before and after.  Rain Date: Tuesday, October 13

WesCourses: Peer Mentor Lunch
Friday,  11/6/15 at 12:00-1:00 PM in Downey House
Get help planning out your courses. WesCourses is a peer-mentor lunch that's a great opportunity to get student-input on class selection during preregistration for the spring semester. Lunch will be served

Summer Program Panel
Nov 17, 2015 7-8pm, Allbritton 311
Thinking about summer research?  Come find out where to look for opportunities, how to apply, and what it's like to do summer research.  Our panelists are juniors and seniors who have done research in many different science fields (astronomy, biology, physics, environmental science, medicine, molecular biology, math), and the discussion will be relevant to all fields of science.  Come with your questions, and stay for the cookies!

Study Break
December 14, 9-11pm, Woodhead Lounge
Take a break from exam studying to grab donuts and coffee with WesWIS!

Tea Party 
February 23, 4-6pm, Van Vleck Observatory Library

An evening of tea with female STEM faculty and peers.

Reception with Carol Ann Mason
April  7, Woodhead Lounge, 4-5:30pm
Meet Prof Mason, Co-Director, Doctoral Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, Columbia

WesCourses
April 8, 41 Wyllys Rm#114, Noon-1pm
Lunch and informal conversation about classes offered next semester.

After Graduation Career Panel
April 21, 2016, &:30pm, Hall Atwater 84
What are you doing after Wesleyan?  Let's figure it out together.

Study Break
May 9, 2016, 9-11pm, Woodhead Lounge
Take a break from exam studying to decorate your own cookies with WesWIS!

Faculty Lunches

Andrea Roberts, Organic Chemistry Lab Professor
Joyce Powzyk, Biology Department
Matthew Kurtz, Psychology Department
Martha Gilmore, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Psyche Loui, Psychology Department
Janet Burge, Computer Science Department
Suzanne O'Connell, Earth & Environmental Sciences
Gloster Aaron,  Neuroscience & Behavior/Biology Departments
Cameron Hill, Assistant Professor of Mathematics
Dan Licata, Computer Science

Lab Tours

Erika Taylor, Chemistry Department
Rich Olson, MB&B Department
Ann Burke, Biology Department
Charles Sanislow, Psychology Department
Amy McQueen, MB&B Department
Michelle Personick, Chemistry Department
Candace Etson, Physics Department