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The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors including academia, industry, and government.

The Central Massachusetts chapter of AWIS was formed in 2016.  In both years since forming, we have won STAR Chapter Awards in recognition for our high-quality program and commitment to support STEM equality in our region.  We host career panels, networking socials, professional development workshops, scientific symposia and mentoring groups that support the professional and personal lives of our new and growing membership.

In joining our chapter, we will help you in building and refining your career.  We are dedicated to bringing you the tools and resources to support you at every stage of your career, whether you are a student, post-doc or professional. Beyond promoting yourself, becoming an AWIS member shows your commitment to achieving equality in the STEM disciplines both locally and nationally.  

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AWIS Central MA Earns a STAR Chapter Award

For two years in a row, we have been recognized by national for our high-quality program and our commitment to supporting the women in STEM of Central Massachusetts

We're on the radio!

Recently, our Chapter President, Snehalata Kadam, and Vice President, Robyn Marty-Roix, spoke on the Community Matters radio program on WCUW 91.3FM.


Listen to our chapter leaders speak about the creation of our Chapter, how we work to fulfill the need for a local women's professional STEM group, and how we strive for positive system transformation.


Check us out on WCUW!

We spoke on January 24th, 2019 at 4:30pm!


Come talk to us and know more about our association at our Booth at the DCU center during the

India Day 2019 Celebration


Clink on the link below for more details about the event

Join us for A Night for Women in Science! The event will be happening on January 17th, 2024, at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute. If you wish to attend, please fill out the interest form at the following link:


Start off the new year right by grabbing a beer and making new connections!


  • Meet local STEM professionals and broaden your network

  • Bring a business card for a chance to win door prizes

  • Interested in adding leadership experience to your CV/resume? Ask about volunteering opportunities or how to join our board!

  • Learn more about the benefits of becoming an AWIS member and our upcoming events

  • Converse with us about how we can better suit your professional needs

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"Breaking the Barriers: Women Impacting Science”

6th February 2020, 5.30 - 8 pm

AbbVie Bioresearch Center

Save the date for an illuminating panel with women who are breaking barriers and impacting the world with their science. Learn about their experiences and become familiar with how you too can find your scientific niche and beneficially contribute to society

Meet our panelists 

  • Jane Freedman, Professor and Co-director of High Throughput Gene Expression Laboratory , UMass Medical School, Editor in Chief - Circulation research

  • Kimi (Negrin) Isele, Senior Business Development Executive, HemaCare Corporation

  • Darshana Jani, Associate Director, Pfizer

  • Zehra Kaymakcalan, Research Fellow Scientist, AbbVie Discovery-Biologics

Click below for registration and to know more details about the event

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Discussion webinar via zoom

18th June 2020

6:30 - 7.30 pm

After braving through the storm a pandemic has imposed on us, AWIS is excited to host our first virtual discussion webinar “From challenges to achievements during COVID-19”.


Our AWIS board consists of postdocs, industry professionals and professors, and we are hosting a discussion on how to deal with new challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.


We would like to hear from you as well as offer tips on how to deal with shifting career progression, how to deal with multitasking one’s personal and professional life under a single roof and how to juggle many zoom meetings.

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Interested in knowing how you can transition to your dream job during the pandemic? How to build your profile? How to stand out as an applicant? What do the hiring managers look for? How to network effectively? What are the online tools available?


Panelists for the event:

  • Cynthia Fuhrmann, Asst. Dean of Career and Professional Development, UMass Medical School

  • Sri Narasimhan, Deputy Editor, Cell

  • Danika Khong, Co-founder, Scismic

  • Seemin Ahmed, Research Investigator, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR)

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Interested to know how to build your resume for the job market? Need tips to crack the interview?


Join us to learn from the expert, Lauren Celano, Founder and CEO of Propel Careers as she will guide you the process in this interactive workshop.

December 10th, 2020, 6.30 pm

Zoom link upon registration


Ever wondered how AWIS Central MA was born!

A special chance to meet our founding members, advisory members, past board members, collaborators and more!


Join us for this affinity networking free online session on June 17th, 6-7.30 pm

Zoom link upon registration

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Dr. Joanne Kamens will share her thoughts on how to respond to bullying in Science. She has been advancing diversity and inclusion for decades. She was the founder of the Boston Chapter of AWIS (Mass AWIS) and currently serves on the AWIS National Board of Directors


Dr. Kamens served as the Executive Director of Addgene and the Interim Executive Director of the Bentley University Center for Women and Business. She is currently the senior consultant of The Impact Seat and helps organizations to develop and maintain inclusive cultures.

Date and time
Tue, April 5, 2022

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT


Join us to hear from Trudi Veldman, PhD, Executive Director, Discovery, AbbVie, about her insights on mentorship, career development and research.

An interactive evening with Trudi where we can learn what it takes to be a biologics drug discovery expert leader in biotech and pharma industry!

June 2nd, 2022; 6-7 pm EST

Zoom link upon registration


Come for our fall networking event to meet AWIS alumni and former board members!!! We have 3 new board members as well.
When: Thursday 20 October 6:00pm EST.
Where: Redemption Rock Brewing Co. 333 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester MA


Join our event to get professional feedback on your resume from AWIS alumni and current board members!!

When: Friday 14 April 6:00pm EST.
Where: Wormtown Brewery, 72 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester MA

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