Welcome to the AWIS Chicago Chapter!

AWIS Chicago has been recognized as a Star Chapter by AWIS National! 

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in all areas of science, technology, and engineering.

The Chicago Chapter of the Association for Women in Science was founded in 1978 as a local chapter of the national organization. 

Upcoming Events

CPS Annual Science Fair 

*Be a Judge! Help us give a Special Award at the CPS Annual Science Fair!*

The best science projects from students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system will once again be featured at the annual CPS Science Fair http://chicagosciencefair.com. This is the last year that the CPS Annual Science Fair will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry. 

AWIS Chicago has been a proud supporter of this science fair for many years, choosing which young girls show the most promise and deserve a Special Award. We provide a rubric for judging, and choose five girls as awardees. 

If you are interested in volunteering to be a Special Awards judge in any area of STEM, please e-mail Barbara Di Eugenia by noon on Monday, 3/12 with your name, phone number, and field of specialty. This rewarding volunteer opportunity is open to both AWIS-Chicago members and non-members. 

WHEN: Friday, March 16th, 2018 (08:30 am – 11:30 am)
WHERE: Museum of Science and Industry (5700 S Lake Shore Dr, Chicago, IL 60637) (parking and lunch provided)

Chicago Women in STEM and Academia event at Northwestern

Northwestern Postdoctoral Forum would like to invite you to a special event that focuses on addressing inequalities facing women in STEM and academia, building a community to promote gender equity, and identifying solutions for the prioritization of work and lifestyle. This event is for everyone, students, postdocs, staff and faculty from Northwestern and other institutions whatever your gender identity is!
WHEN: Thursday, March 15th, 2018 (12.00 pm – 7.00 pm )
WHERE: Conference room L South, Prentice Women’s Hospital, 250 E Superior St 
  • Discuss the unique challenges facing women in STEM at Northwestern and nation-wide.
  • Build a community of local women in STEM and academia to promote gender equity through varied interactive sessions. 
  • Get to know ways to improve your work/life balance (maternity leave, parental support, child care, elder care, etc).
  • Find out how to address inequalities at the workplace (sexual harassment, discriminitation, wages discrepancies).
  • Learn from the life lessons and successful stories of our guest speakers who are leaders in their respective fields. 
  • Cultivate leadership skills and mentor-mentee relationships with the invited speakers. 
  • Learn about the missions of our partner organizations and upcoming local events at our exhibitors’ booths.

Click here for full agenda

Attendees will be able to directly interact with the speakers and discuss mentoring in a small group setting during the round-table networking reception.

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: https://womeninstemacademiainitiative.eventbrite.com

2012 Awards dinner –

Wednesday, June 6th, Pazzo’s at 311 S. Wacker, 6:30-8:30 pm

Register here: http://a3.acteva.com/orderbooking/bookEvent/A319298 Want to keep yourself up-to-date on AWIS Chicago activities? You can join the AWIS Chicago group on LinkedIn and Facebook by clicking the icons on the bottom right of this page.

Click here to join AWIS national now. (Remember to select AWIS Chicago as your chapter)

To join AWIS, anyone who supports women in science can join the national organization at the sustaining ($250), professional ($150), or junior level ($65). When you select the Chicago chapter as your local chapter, an additional $5 will be added to the membership. Please be sure to select this so that you can take advantage of our chapter activities and discounts to events.

Benefits of becoming a National AWIS member: Members-only career development webinars and coaching sessions developed with STEM professionals in mind – Access to the quarterly AWIS Magazine featuring columns and articles written by scientists – Full usage of the AWIS website, including discussion features, access to job listings and nationwide member directories – Bi-monthly Washington Wire e-newsletter. 

But most importantly, you will be showing your commitment towards advancing women in science! Please take a moment and join today! When registering, select Illinois-Chicago as your local chapter.

Benefits of becoming an AWIS Chicago member: Discounted registration to chapter events – Monthly AWIS Chicago emails detailing AWIS and other Chicago area science events – Members-only invitations to networking events – Broad variety of social, career development and outreach programming  designed to engage the local community – Access to local leaders in STEM research, industry and alternative careers

Previous AWIS Chicago Events have included: Career Panels with networking – AWIS special awards at the Chicago Public School Science Fair held at the Museum of Science and Industry – Social events like Yoga at the Park

Information submitted during the registration process is confidential and will be used only by the AWIS National office to process your membership.  We encourage you to also complete the other data fields. Sign up now on the AWIS web site. For further information about membership in the National Association of Women in Science, or for information about corporate or institutional memberships, please visit the AWIS National Web Page

Recent Events

Annual AWIS-Chicago Innovator and Motivator Awards Reception

November 2nd 2017, 6 – 8pm, Salero, 621 West Randolph Street, Chicago

2017 AWIS-Chicago Innovator: Ramille Shah, Ph.D., Northwestern University

2017 AWIS-Chicago Motivator: Jini Ramprakash, MBA, M.Sc., Argonne National Laboratory

The annual AWIS Chicago “Innovator Award” exemplifies AWIS Chicago’s commitment to recognizing women in the Chicagoland area who have provided innovative research contributions in science and engineering. The Motivator award is an individual (male or female) with demonstrated service, support, and mentorship of women in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Every year, we accept nominations for these awards from the public and present them at our yearly awards reception. On November 2nd 2017, we celebrated Ramille and Jini at our 11th Annual Awards Reception

2017 was an exciting year for the AWIS Chicago Chapter. We expanded our outreach programs, recognized the contributions of Chicago women in STEM, and built on our outreach collaborations with various local groups. In 2018, we continue to offer networking events and links to volunteer opportunities. Please check out the upcoming events tab for future events!

Not an AWIS Chicago member yet? Joining is quick and easy! Sign up online at www.awis.org (be sure to select AWIS Chicago as your chapter).

Check out our Store and help support AWIS Chicago activities. 

WHEN: May 31st, 2018
(Stay tuned for more information!!)

CPS Annual Science Fair
Help AWIS Chicago give a Special Award at the CPS Annual Science Fair!
See "Home" and "Community" pages for more more details and registration.

Chicago Women in STEM and Academia event at Northwestern.
This event is for everyone, students, postdocs, staff and faculty from Northwestern and other institutions whatever your gender identity is!
See "Home" and "Events" pages for more more details and registration.