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Welcome to Graduate Women in Science

SharpGraduate Women In Science (GWIS) provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester Medical Center and College of Arts and Sciences. Meetings tap into expertise and experience available at the Medical Center and College, and they also include presentations from outside guest speakers. Speakers include successful scientists in academics (universities, medical schools, and smaller teaching colleges), industry (large and start-up), forensics, grant management/program development (government agencies and private associations), science writing, journal editing, patent law, and clinical diagnostics.

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2021 Mentoring-Up Resolution Challenge

Sponsored by GWIS, an initiative of the NIH T32 Predoctoral Training Grant in Cellular, Biochemical and Molecular Sciences (CBMS)

GWIS is running a New Year’s Resolution Challenge, encouraging full-time UR Graduate Students (gender-inclusive) in biomedical, biological, or chemical science to take charge of their futures by setting and, through mentoring-up, achieving professional and personal goals for Spring 2021. Those selected for Thu, May 20th presentations will compete for the chance to receive one of two $2000 technology-related prizes.

Eligibility: Full-time UR Graduate Students in biomedical, biological, or chemical science (gender inclusive)

Entry rules: Contestants for oral presentations on May 20th must:

  1. Submit 3 professional and 3 personal mentoring-up goals by Jan 21st at 12pm.
    (1000-word limit, excluding a heading of your name, PhD program, year of graduate school, PhD mentor, and email address. Each of the 3 professional and 3 personal goals should be followed by how you will achieve each goal through mentoring-up.)
  2. Attend all four Spring 2021 GWIS meetings: Jan 21st, Feb 11th, Mar 18th, Apr 15th.
  3. Report back on accomplishments (no more than 1000 words) by May 6th at 12pm.
  4. If selected, prepare for the May 20th 3pm GWIS meeting a 10-min presentation (with or without PowerPoint – your choice) with a subsequent 5-min Q&A session.

Prizes: Two awardees will be selected by a panel of judges to each receive technology prizes (hardware/software) valued at $2000.

Mentoring-Up: ‘Mentoring-Up’ encourages mentees to actively drive their mentoring relationships and their own scientific success. It is a collaborative effort involving mentees’ committed engagement of mentors, with their own professional and/or personal goals in mind. Think broadly about resources that may be available to you in and outside of the UR that you have not utilized to date. Be creative in ways that clearly advance your career and personal goals.

Mentoring-Up Resolutions must be submitted to Liz by Jan 21st at 12pm.

Please register for and attend all four Spring 2021 GWIS meetings to remain eligible for this challenge (Jan 21st, Feb 11th, Mar 18th, Apr 15th).

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GWIS meetings are open to everyone. Interested individuals should subscribe to the GWIS listServ. Please contact Stephanie Scoville with any inquiries.

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Topics for Future Discussions?

We welcome your suggestions. Please contact Lynne Maquat or Catherine Ovitt with your ideas.


Administrative Contacts

Please contact administrative assistants Stephanie Scoville or Elizabeth Leverenz with any other questions.