What is WISC?

Women in Science at Columbia (WISC) is an organization dedicated to the advancement of women and underrepresented groups in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Our members are people 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 to not only encourage more women to enter the STEM fields, but 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 WISC organizes includes:

Girls’ Science Day – an annual outreach event for middle school girls around the city to come to Columbia and learn about science.
Science Saturday Starters – an outreach program for 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 – on- and off-campus socializing for all WISC members to meet people from different departments.
Alumni Reception – an annual networking reception with Columbia alumni in science to learn about different career paths and opportunities.
New York Women in Science – events for all women in science from the greater metropolitan NYC area for networking as well as other skill development and speaker seminars.

Ask a Professor Series – candid conversations with female faculty to ask questions about pursuing academia and work/life family balance.
Discussion Series – bi-monthly meetings with WISc member to discuss issues and challenges relevant to graduate students.
Fellowship Workshops – brainstorming and editing sesions with previous fellowship winners to improve your chances of getting funded.

We, unfortunately, have limited opportunities for undergraduate involvement at this time.