Past Events

April 2017- Networking event with Northwestern GradSWE and WISER (formally AWC) AWIS Chicago was delighted to sponsor Northwestern’s Graduate Society of Women Engineers networking event at Fado Irish Pub Chicago. This event centered on both graduate and professional women in STEM in the Chicago are. It took place on Thursday April 13th 2017, and was co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Women in Science and Engineering Research (WISER) and Society of Women Engineers Chicago Regional Section (SWE-CRS). Following the Welcome Reception and networking portion of the evening, attendees had the opportunity to give ~2 minute lightning talks to share about their interests, organization, career path, research, and outreach activities. The AWIS lightening talk focused on their 2017/2018 Mentoring Circles


June 2016 – 10th Annual Awards dinner 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. Our Innovator award goes to a female scientist with innovative contributions to fields of science, technology, engineering, or math. 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 dinner.  Our 2016 Innovator award winner was Dr. Yamuna Krishnan from University of Chicago. Our 2016 Motivator award winner was Dr. Miiri Kotchi from University of Illinois – Chicago.

Spring speaker series 2016 This Spring, AWIS Chicago was excited to host two women leaders who discussed the issues faced by STEM women in the workplace and provided coaching on career development and work-life balance to the AWIS Community.

  • Joanne Kamens (Addgene) presented  “Academia, Pharma, Biotech, Nonprofit with a side of Life – Career transitions in Science” (2/25/16)
  • Dana Samardzich (Optimal Balance Coaching) presented “Reclaim your time and reconnect with yourself” (5/12/2016)

Speed networking with Association for Women in Chemistry NU (March 7, 2016) At this event, held in partnership with Northwestern University Women in Chemistry, participants expanded their networks and made meaningful new connections. The attendees included graduate students, post-docs, and industry professionals from an array of scientific disciplines. Participants had 10 minutes to talk with each other one-on-one before rotating to their next connection through the course of the event. This was followed by an open socializing period in which the participants mingled and built on the connections they had made. This exciting and successful event enabled all participants to get to know other women in science and engineering across Chicago.

March 2016-National Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Medical Sciences: A Roadmap for Inclusion AWIS Chicago partnered with AWIS National on the 2016 National Summit for Entrepreneurship! The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) was pleased to host a national dialogue on gender at the nexus of innovation and entrepreneurship with emphasis on the health and medical sciences sector. Building on the momentum generated from two previous Summits, the AWIS National Summit centered on how we, as a society, can fuel innovative solutions to global challenges facing all our citizens.We focused on how to develop inclusive, fiscally-responsive systems to drive research excellence and feed long-term economic growth with experts from industry, academia, and government. Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions, was the sponsoring partner for this National Summit in Chicago at the Gleacher Center, The University of Chicago 450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, IL 60611Visit for more details.

AWIS-Chicago Awards Female Students at the 66th CPS Science Fair (5/10/2016). The 66th annual Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Student Science Fair took place at the Museum of Science and Industry on March 17-20, 2016. Representatives from the Association of Women in Science (AWIS) Chicago served as Special Award Judges to recognize outstanding female students in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields.

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Mentoring Circles Kickoff-October 31, 2015 AWIS Chicago has started a mentorship program “Mentoring Circles”! This pilot program matches students/postdocs/early career scientists with experienced mentors across the Chicagoland area. The Kickoff training event was held on October 31st at Northwestern University Chicago campus, featuring Dr. Rick McGee, Associate Dean for Faculty Recruitment & Professional Development at Northwestern University, who led a discussion on mentor/mentee relationships and how to make the best of a mentoring relationship. Breakout sessions were held at the end of the event for mentor/mentee groups to discuss goals based on Dr. McGee’s workshop presentation.

More information on the 2017 Mentoring Circles program will be available shortly!


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

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