About Us

Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) is a graduate student organization dedicated to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.  Our members are individuals who are pursuing or have advanced degrees in the STEM fields and are considering different career paths.  We welcome the involvement of anyone who supports our mission, including women and men from all different academic backgrounds.

We host various events for outreach, networking, mentoring, and professional development. The goal of these events is not only to encourage more women to enter the STEM fields, but to also provide support for individuals already in the STEM fields.  All these events are planned by volunteers who wish to seek to give WISC members opportunities that not provided by most graduate departments.

Some of the events we organize include:

Girls’ Science Day: Know a budding female scientist or engineer?  We invite middle school girls around the city to come to Columbia and learn about science in this day-long program of hands-on activities and experiments!

Science Saturday Starters: We encourage and invite middle school and high school students from the Harlem area to come to Columbia and perform interactive experiments to learn more about different topics in science.

Campus Happy Hours & Socials: Social events are held for all WISC members to meet others from different departments both on- and off-campus.

Alumni Reception: Curious about your fellow alumni and what they are up to? Attend our an annual networking reception with other Columbia alumni in STEM fields to learn about different career paths and opportunities.

New York Women in Science: Network at these events with other women in science from the greater NYC area, and attend skill development and speaker seminars.

Ask a Professor Series: Seeking advice about succeeding in academia? Attend our candid conversations with female faculty to ask questions about pursuing academia and work/life family balance.

Discussion Series: Bi-monthly meetings are held for WISC members to discuss issues and challenges relevant to graduate students.

Fellowship Workshops: Attend a fellowship workshop to brainstorm ways to improve your chances of getting funded with previous fellowship winners.