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Workshop on Women of Color in STEM
November 10, 2017
Washington, DC

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine Meeting
November 9-10, 2017
Washington, DC

Celebrating Women in Science and Recognizing L’ORÉAL USA Women in Science Fellows
November 9, 2017
Washington, DC

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Addressing the Impact of Sexual Harassment in Academia on the Career Choices of Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine

An ad hoc committee under the oversight of Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM) will undertake a study of the influence of sexual harassment in academia on the career advancement of women in the scientific, technical, and medical workforce. Learn more...


Career outcomes of female engineering bachelor's degree recipients

 Are women less likely to stay in engineering because of work and family issues? Do women have better success than men in moving from technical to managerial work in engineering? An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of CWSEM, will commission papers that will analyze existing, nationally-representative data and convene a public workshop to examine the career outcomes of women recipients of bachelor's degrees in engineering. Learn more...

Advancing institutional transformation for minority women in academia

This project focused on a topic that has long been of interest to CWSEM and is of critical importance to the committee’s ability to develop projects that have relevance to its mandate. An ad-hoc committee, under the auspices of CWSEM, convened a conference that explored how women of color can more fully participate at all levels in academia and highlight exemplary programs and practices. Learn more...

changing mindsets to promote women and girls in science u.s. state department conference: facilitating participation of international women in science and engineering

CWSEM in collaboration with PGA/BISO organized the participation of 15 women scientists and engineers from Africa and the Middle East in the U.S. State Department's Changing Mindsets to Promote Women and Girls in Science Conference held on June 13, 2011 in Washington, DC. The conference was envisioned as a catalyst in encouraging greater collaboration among federal agencies and non-profit organizations on their efforts for girls and women in science, engineering, and medicine. Learn more…

CWSEM Roundtable of Representatives from Federal Agencies & Professional Societies 

In November 2010 CWSEM hosted a roundtable that engaged representatives from federal agencies, academic institutions, and professional societies. This roundtable focused on programs that address the needs of postdoctoral and early career researchers and provided an opportunity for a discussion of this topic across a diverse variety of organizations and a full range of disciplines in science and engineering. Learn more...

status and participation of women in stem disciplines and careers

The scientific work of women is often viewed with a national or regional lens, but given the growing worldwide connectivity of most, if not all, scientific disciplines there needs to be recognition of how different social, political and economic mechanisms impact women’s participation in the global scientific enterprise. Studies within and across nations consistently show inverse correlations between levels in the scientific and technical career hierarchy and the number of women in science. This project convened a workshop that addressed the challenges, bringing to bear social science methods to identify strategies, core data, and important guidelines for implementing policies and procedures that will increase women’s participation and advancement in the global science enterprise in chemistry, computer science, and mathematics. Learn more…

Collaboration with Inter-American Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) women for science working group (wfs-wg)

The Women for Science Working Group (WfS - WG) was established by the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) in June 2010 under the sponsorship of IAP, the Global Network of Science Academies. Information exchange, collaborations and partnerships have been developed between CWSEM and WfS - WG. Learn more... 
the henry luce foundation and the gender differences report dissemination project

In 2010 the Henry Luce Foundation awarded CWSEM a grant to support the dissemination of the congressionally mandated report, Gender Differences at Critical Transitions in the Careers of Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Faculty. Learn more…   

from science to business: how to prepare female scientists and engineers to successfully transition into entrepreneurship

Does the transition from scientist or engineer to entrepreneur take place at a particular stage in a woman's professional career? Are there ideal points for this to happen? Are women equipped through their professional training or work experience as scientists and engineers to be successful in this new environment? What specific training or skills, such as how to write a business plan, how to access capital--whether personal, venture capital, or research funding--and how to patent and market products, might further a scientist's likelihood for success in this new path? An ad-hoc committee, under the auspices of CWSEM, convened a workshop to examine career transitions from academic science and engineering to entrepreneurship in the lives of women professionals and to identify specific skill sets necessary for them to become successful in the business world. Learn more…

from doctorate to dean or director: sustaining women through critical transition points in science, engineering, and medicine

A one and a half day workshop was carried out in September 2008 to explored crucial transition points in women’s career paths in academia and industry and how the changing nature of science, engineering, and medicine—specifically the growth in interdisciplinary fields—impacts career progression now and in the future. Learn more…