This section showcases the details on specific events. The events that AWIS has previously coordinated is listed chronologically in our Event Archive. You can also subscribe to our Calendar for reminders or emailed agendas.

2020-06-05: B'more Women in STEM vs. COVID-19

posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:51 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 10:51 AM ]

We are beyond excited to announce our next event: “B’more Women in STEM vs. COVID-19”, a virtual panel featuring the women in STEM behind important 
#COVID19 research currently ongoing in Baltimore. Come hear #womenscientists of different #STEM disciplines (epidemiology, microbiology, chemistry, computer science) discuss their work, which includes making a smartphone app that tracks COVID-19 hotspots, analyzing data on COVID-19 prejudice against Chinese-Americans, and searching for potential vaccines and therapeutics against COVID-19.

This event will be held virtually over Zoom and is open to members AND non-members! Be sure to register with the Eventbrite link to receive the Zoom link & share with your fellow #womeninSTEM!

Join us on June 5th to hear these brilliant scientists talk about their research, their experience with working on one of the biggest events of our lifetime, and their journey as women in STEM.


2020-01-19: Black History Month: Meetup with Dr. Mae Jemison, Book Club with Angela Saini

posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:48 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 10:50 AM ]

We’re excited to announce two events in February in honor of 
#blackhistorymonth. Be sure to register on the Eventbrite pages (on our FB & Twitter pages) and share with your friends!

1) Feb 19: 👩🏾‍🚀🚀A meetup and lecture by the incredible Dr. Mae Jemison! Dr. Jemison is the first black woman to travel in space. Trained as an engineer, dancer, AND medical doctor, Dr. Jamison is a member U.S. National Academy of Medicine, Fortune 500 companies boards, and the National Women’s Hall of Fame. We will meetup at @cafefili at 5:30 to meet old friends and make new ones, then walk to Enoch Pratt Library at 6:30 to attend Dr. Jemison’s lecture.

2) Feb 29: 📚📖Our first book club of the year! Our members voted to read “Superior: The Return of Race Science” by Angela Saini. Superior discusses the persistent thread of belief in biological racial differences in the world of science and was on several “Best of 2019” lists, including Best Science Books of the Year by NPR. Join us at @Redemmas from 2:30-3:30 to discuss this highly relevant and important book.

2020-01-30: The Truth About Women & Finance

posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:47 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 10:49 AM ]

We’re excited to announce the first of our 2020 events! We’ll be hosting Alexandra S. Jamieson, a certified financial planner, on January 30th at @prattlibrary. Ms. Jamieson will be talking to us about the realities of women’s finances and recommend ways to take control of your own wealth! Event is free and open to members AND non-members. Invite some friends and join us on January 30th! Be sure to register on the Eventbrite page (link is in on Twitter & Facebook pages)

2019-10-25: Maryland STEM Festival

posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:46 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 10:49 AM ]

On October 25, AWIS Baltimore had booth at the Maryland STEM Festival as part of their MS Girl STEM Empowerment Program. AWIS members talked to young women at Deer Park Middle Magnet School about our different careers in STEM and all the opportunities STEM has to offer. Thank you to the Maryland STEM Festival for having us and giving us the chance to talk to these brilliant young future scientists!

2019-10-29: Career Panel: Women in STEM (JHU Carey Business School)

posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:43 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Jun 3, 2020, 7:43 PM ]

JHU Carey Business School will be hosting a Women in STEM panel on Tue, 10/29 from 5-8 pm.The event is open to the public and free charge but all guests must register to attend.

Attendees will hear from a panel of women in STEM who are navigating challenges and excelling in traditionally male-dominated fields, including President ofAWIS Baltimore, Dr. Aparna Shah! The panel discussion will be followed by a networking reception. Check our Facebook or Twitter page for the link to register!

#womeninscience #womeninSTEM #womeninengineering #womeninmath #womenintech #baltimore #baltimorecity #baltimorescience

2019-10-27: WomenInSTEM Book Club: Lean In

posted Jun 3, 2020, 7:42 PM by Issel Anne Lim   [ updated Jun 4, 2020, 10:48 AM ]

Join us on October 27th at Red Emma’s for our first book club of the year! This event is open to members AND non-members!

Our pick for the first session is “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook. The book was an Amazon Best Book of the Month in March 2013 and soared to the top of international bestseller lists. We will be discussing this book and how it applies to women in the science workforce. No worries if you don’t read all of it in time, this will be a great opportunity to discuss and network with fellow Baltimore STEMinists! RSVP by!

#womeninScience #bookclub #Baltimore #STEMinists

2018-07-18: Join the AWIS Executive Board!

posted Jan 7, 2019, 7:37 AM by Issel Anne Lim

The Association for Women in Science is looking for new members for their Executive Board for our Baltimore Chapter! We are committed to supporting the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We are looking for strong leaders who will organize activities to connect people across the Greater Baltimore area. 

Please email by AUGUST 30 if you are interested. Otherwise, as many members of our current board have moved out of Baltimore, our chapter will shut down. 

AWIS Baltimore website:  

Note: These opportunities are open to anyone! We are seeking a mix of people at different stages in their careers. Our current board will happily help teach and transition ( We met about once a month, and different positions have different time commitments, depending on upcoming activities and interests. Happy to answer additional questions! :)

2017-01-20: A Call for Leaders

posted Jan 20, 2017, 12:12 PM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Jan 20, 2017, 12:12 PM ]

Good afternoon Everyone,

Happy new year to you all! We hope that everyone enjoyed a joyous and restful holiday season.

As leaders of the AWIS Baltimore Chapter, we have seen tremendous growth and reach of our footprint here in Baltimore since our inception in 2008. We have two Star Chapter Awards, our Past President gave a TEDx talk, and several members have expanded their networks and demonstrated leadership capabilities that have helped propel their job searches forward.

Though we’ve experienced growth, it is certainly not easy to maintain year after year. Despite our efforts, it has been difficult sustaining momentum each year which, in turn, affects our ability to attract influential speakers, host events, and raise money to keep having great events. At this point, we are in danger of having to suspend chapter operations until we can attract dedicated leadership to take AWIS Baltimore to the next level.

We recognize that we are in a unique position – our chapter typically caters to a good concentration of graduate students and postdocs. This is great because it means that there is human capital available to help lead. However, as we all know, these positions are transient which oftentimes means that we have vacancies to be filled. This is where you all come in – we are actively looking for willing and dedicated people to step forward and lead. One key advantage that we have is that this chapter is nimble. There is potential to mold this chapter into what you want it to be.  With a supportive team, you can bring a vision to fruition and transform this chapter. We see this as a win-win-win:

  • The chapter gets to flourish,
  • AWIS Baltimore members get to increase their network, and
  • Executive board members get to demonstrate the leadership capacity, which will leave them with tangible outcomes to describe in future job interviews.

Do you want advice for making it through the early years of an Associate Professor position? Then invite that influential PI that you have been following to give a talk… or better yet, host a small group dinner to get close interaction. Do you want to know what it takes to break into the FDA, industry or biotech? Then invite someone who has walked the path you want to follow. Do you want to try your hand at fundraising? We could use the help! Come in, contact companies on behalf of AWIS Baltimore and see if we can get sale proceeds after an event, tour, etc.  Is there a biotech entrepreneur you want to network with? Invite them to an AWIS Baltimore event, or host them for a small group dinner. Long story short, there are so many possibilities!

We have established a great framework over the past 4 years, with a large listserve, templates for newsletters, social media platforms, website, and recurring events that can be revived – just to name a few. There will be resources at your disposal from day one, we just need folks to lead and take this chapter to even greater heights.

With all that said, we are having an in-person brunch on Saturday, February 11th to try and chart a way forward for our chapter and keep it running. If you are interested in serving the chapter in any way – event planning, fundraising, finance, social media communications, website maintenance, etc. – please join us. Here are the details:

We look forward to hearing from anyone who is interested and to having a productive year!



Jocelyn Reader, Co-President

Jess Shisler, Co-President

Ekemini Riley, Past President


Association for Women in Science

Greater Baltimore Chapter

2014-12-04: Career Options & Job Resources for Scientists

posted Nov 25, 2014, 7:08 AM by AWIS Baltimore   [ updated Nov 25, 2014, 7:09 AM ]

We are excited to be hosting Dr. Tianna Hicklin next week! Dr. Hicklin is Assistant Editor of Custom Publishing at Science/AAAS.  Here's a brief summary of the event:

"Planning a successful and rewarding scientific career means considering all your career options and discovering what is exciting to you. Learning how your scientific training fits with many different career possibilities and developing new and transferable skills are important for creating your individualized career path. In this seminar, we'll discuss different career options, how to find the best fit for your personality, and developing a career plan."
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Event details:
  • When: Thursday, December 4, 2014, 6:00-8:00pm

    • Refreshments, networking, & sign-in - 6:00-6:30pm

    • Featured presentation - 6:30-7:30pm

    • Networking - 7:30-8:00pm

  • Where: Johns Hopkins Medical Campus - 1830 E Monument St., Baltimore, MD 21205, Classroom 2-108

  • Parking: Washington Street Garage and parking meters

  • Circulator Route: From UMaryland - orange line transfer to green line; from JHU Homewood - take JHU shuttle to JHMI

  • Ticket prices: Free for AWIS Baltimore members; $5 for non-members

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us :) We hope to see you all there! Pass the word along to those who may be interested!

2014-11-13: Smooth Transitions - Finding an Industry Job!

posted Oct 30, 2014, 1:33 PM by AWIS Baltimore

We are excited to be hosting Dr. Joanne Kamens in two weeks!  She is the ​​Founding President of AWIS Massachusetts, Executive Director of Addgene, and was recently named one of Forbes' 40 Women over 40!  Dr. Kamens has had an illustrious career in industry and has a wealth of knowledge to share with us.  Her presentation will provide you with:
  • Criteria to consider in deciding if embarking on an industry science career is right for you.
  • Concrete tools and resources for preparing for the transition to industry.
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Event details:

  • When: Thursday, November 13, 2014, 5:30-7:30pm

    • Refreshments, networking, & sign-in - 5:30-6:00pm

    • Featured presentation - 6:00-7:00pm

    • Networking - 7:00-7:30pm

  • Where: Health Sciences Facility II (HSF II), 20 Penn Street, Baltimore, MD 21201 (building #41 on this map)

  • Parking: closest garages are ~1 block away - Penn Str Garage (120 S. Penn St.) OR Pratt Str Garage (646 W. Pratt St.)

  • Circulator Route: stop # 207 (Penn Str) on orange line. From JHMI - green line transfer to orange; from JHU Homewood - take JHU shuttle to Peabody - then take purple line transfer to orange

  • Ticket prices: Free for AWIS Baltimore members; $5 for non-members

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us :) We hope to see you all there! Pass the word along to those who may be interested!

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