AWIS is a national advocacy organization championing the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. By breaking down barriers and creating opportunities, AWIS strives to ensure that women in these fields can achieve their full potential.
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Gender Bias Learning Project
Gender bias in academia is alive and well. Identifying and understanding the distinct patterns of gender bias is the first step towards ensuring that bias does not derail your career. This training also provides survival strategies for handling each type of bias, as well as: 1) A series of animated video scenarios illustrating each pattern; 2) Video clips from interviews with gender bias experts; 3) A pop quiz to help you test your knowledge and 4) An on-line game—Gender Bias Bingo. Although gender bias is a serious topic with professionally damaging consequences, WorkLife Law’s gender bias training website offers a zany, brainy approach that allows you to learn what you need to know, share your experiences, and have fun in the process.
How to Get a Life in the Life Sciences
This article was published in the American Society of Cell Biology Newsletter, Vol. 27, No. 9, in September of 2004. William Wickner is the James C. Chilcott 20 Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Biochemistry at Dartmouth University.
How Women can Save the Planet
How Women Can Save the Planet – Scientifc American Nov. 2009: Empowering young women through education will help reduce overpopulation in areas that cannot support it and avoid extremism in the children they raise. The root cause of the looming energy problem—and the key to easing environmental, economic and religious tensions while improving public health—is to address the unending, and unequal, growth of the human population. And the one proven way to reduce fertility rates is to empower young women by educating them.
Mums (Moms) in Science
Mums (Moms) in Science – This site has been designed as a portal for busy mums who work or have worked in science.Too many women leave science due to the constraints of motherhood. Some struggle, and work part time, at the expense of advancing their career. Others change their career to fit in with their children, whilst working within some area of science.
News from the National Academies
News from the National Academies – Although women are still underrepresented in the applicant pool for faculty positions in math, science, and engineering at major research universities, those who do apply are interviewed and hired at rates equal to or higher than those for men, says a new report from the National Research Council. Similarly, women are underrepresented among those considered for tenure, but those who are considered receive tenure at the same or higher rates than men.
Parent2Parent Group at TTU
Parent2Parent Group at TTU – We are an educational and social forum for parents and caregivers in the Texas Tech community. While we are officially designated as a student organization, we gladly welcome faculty and staff as well! Our goal is to provide educational information about a variety of parenting and caregiving topics as well as to provide opportunities for social interaction and support!
PoWERS – The Partnership of Women in Engineering, Research, and Science (PoWERS) was formed when the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE PAID grant was awarded. The purpose of the grant is to increase the number of women faculty in engineering, science, pharmacy, and medicine at Texas Tech University (TTU) and Texas Tech University Health Science Center (HSC). PoWERS is a collaborative project between the TTU College of Engineering, TTU College of Arts and Sciences, HSC School of Pharmacy, and the HSC School of Medicine. The project includes a collection of initiatives over three years that will enhance and augment existing recruiting, retention, and promotion efforts for women faculty.
SACNAS Staff Shares Resources on Women in Science – University of California, Santa Cruz Symposium on Women in Science: Dr. Mary Ann Mason presented data on how women who are married with young children are 35 percent less likely to enter a tenure-track position after receiving a Ph.D. in science than are married men with young children and PhD’s in science. Along the same lines, married women with young children are 28 percent less likely than women without children to achieve tenure in the sciences.
Staying Competitive: Patching America's Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences
Staying Competitive: Patching America’s Leaky Pipeline in the Sciences – A recent report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences confirmed that women who receive Ph.D.s in the sciences were less likely than men to seek academic research positions—the path to cutting-edge discovery—and they were more likely to drop out before attaining tenure if they did take on a faculty post.
SWE Chapter at TTU
SWE Chapter at TTU – SWE, The Society of Women Engineers, is a national, non-profit service organization dedicated to making known the need for women engineers and encouraging young women to consider an engineering education. SWE stimulates women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expands the image of the engineering profession as a positive force improving the quality of life, and demonstrates the value of diversity.
TED Talks: Hillary Clinton Empowers Girls and Women
TED Talks: Hillary Clinton Empower Girls and Women – "Give women equal rights and entire nations are more stable and secure. Deny women equal rights and the instability of nations is almost certain."
TED Women – How are women and girls reshaping the future? The first-ever TEDWomen invites men and women to explore this question in depth. From the developing world, where a single microloan to a single girl can transform a village, to the West, where generations of educated women are transforming entire industries, women are powerful change agents, intellectual innovators, idea champions …
TTU Career Center
TTU Career Center – The Texas Tech University Career Center can be a valuable resource in searching and applying for internships and jobs.
What Can I do With This Major?
What Can I Do With This Major? – The Texas Tech Career Center provides many resources for students to help find a career. This link offers resources to help determine career possibilities based on your major.
WISE – The Women in Science and Engineering Learning Community provides a unique experience for female students pursuing studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to live together in an environment supporting their academic, personal and professional success.