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.
“AWIS research shows that gender and racial gaps remain preventing women in all disciplines of STEM from achieving long term success,” said Janet Bandows Koster, AWIS Executive Director and CEO. “In cities across the country, our AWIS chapters and affiliates are truly making a difference for women in STEM fields and are deserving of the STAR Award. I am proud to recognize their efforts to advocate and drive positive change in STEM workplaces around the country.”
AWIS is the leading global network advocating for women in STEM. The AWIS STAR Chapters and Affiliate Award honors those groups that have accomplished key objectives outlined in the association’s Strategic Plan. The award encourages groups to perform specific activities designed to ensure that women in STEM fields can achieve their full potential.
“The Association for Women in Science is the extended network that supports our work. Receiving the STAR Award from AWIS instills a level of confidence and high regard for the work that the chapters and affiliates do on the ground,” said Isabel Escobar, PhD, Professor of Chemical and Materials Engineering, University of Kentucky, and Chair of AWIS Chapters and Affiliates Committee. Escobar is President of the AWIS Kentucky Affiliate.
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.
The Association for Women in Science, OK affiliate is part of an initiative aimed at encouraging Oklahoma researchers to take advantage of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding. We were excited to see this initiative take-off when a grant was awarded to support these efforts. Through this platform, the development of a Women in Science and Entrepreneurship Conference is underway. That is just one of the many opportunities that will be available through this program. Check out the Norman Transcript’s announcement here: Innovation hub to push small business innovation funding
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Our inaugural Women’s History Month Symposium, honoring speaker, Dr. Anne Pereira, was featured in the National AWIS magazine. They highlighted this event by publishing a write-up prepared by Rachel Lane and photos from Dr. Pereira’s lecture. We are excited to bring Oklahoma into the radar of AWIS members nation-wide.
AWIS Magazine, Summer 2016 Issue, Volume 48
The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a national organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all STEM disciplines and across all employment sectors. Locally, our AWIS Oklahoma affiliate group helps to enable individuals to become leaders in their fields by providing opportunities for professional network development and increasing awareness of STEM careers. AWIS Oklahoma was founded in Fall 2015 and has already received a lot of interest from faculty and students at the University of Oklahoma as well as industry and government employees.
We serve as an essential resource for students and professionals and hope to be sustained as an OU chapter for years to come. Through this organization mentor-mentee relationships can developed organically through our networking socials, where students, faculty, and industry partners can exchange professional experiences and contact information. We also will host symposiums and career panels, in which all interested individuals can receive advice from a diverse group of academic and industry professionals.