"Supporting women science, technology engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students and researchers is not only an essential part of America’s strategy to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world; it is also important to women themselves. Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men. And STEM careers offer women the opportunity to engage in some of the most exciting realms of discovery and technological innovation. Increasing opportunities for women in these fields is an important step towards realizing greater economic success and equality for women across the board." - the White House - Office of Science and Technology
How will AWIS-ND use the donations?
Our goal for the 2016 - 2017 academic year is to create:
What activities does AWIS-ND host?
As the most active graduate student group at the University of Notre Dame, the Association for Women in Science - Notre Dame will use your generous donation to continue our numerous community outreach, professional development, and social events.
Here are a few of the many events we organize!
COMMUNITY OUTREACH: Our largest outreach event is the ND Pi Day 5K, where we raised over $8,600 for STEM and running programs at Harrison Primary (a economically disadvantaged school) through the Boys and Girls Club. This amazing organization provides primary school students with a safe and fun space after school, while teaching them how to love and care for themselves and others through healthy activities-culminating in their own 5K run. In addition, we volunteer at the:
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Once a month, AWIS-ND hosts the STEM Lunches, where speakers present on campus resources, professional development information, current research, or general advice as a woman in STEM. These lunches provide invaluable resources and information as well as an environment for women to meet across the various STEM fields.
SOCIALS: The AWIS-ND hosts a variety of socials to bring together members of the University of Notre Dame - students, faculty, and staff - who would otherwise not. These socials provide a supportive and relaxing environment as well as opportunities to network. For instance: we hosted a knit-a-thon with snacks and free yarn for knitters on and off campus to knit baby clothes for St. Margaret's House.