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The Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter is committed to supporting the advancement of women in science and science-related fields by providing opportunities to participate in professional networking, mentoring, and leadership activities. Enjoy our website and let us know if you want to be a part of our network. Click here to sign up for email alerts, monthly newsletters and events.

The First Annual Volunteer Appreciation Event

As you know, we are a volunteer run organization. We literally wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the people that generously dedicate their time to serve on the board, serve on a committee, speak at events, and help events run smoothly. To all of you who have given your time to AWIS over the years: thank you!! Each year, we’ll choose one volunteer to formally recognize. For the inaugural event, we can’t think of anyone more deserving than Melissa McCartney. Melissa has served on the board for multiple years and had an integral role in the genesis of the AWIS DC Mentoring Circles program. She is leaving DC at the end of the year for new opportunities, so let’s get together to celebrate all of the things that she has done for our chapter!

What: Tapas, Drinks, Networking, and “Thank You’s”!

When: Nov 7th, 6-8pm

Where: La Tasca, 722 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001


Metro Access: Gallery Place

Cost: $10

Tickets: https://awisdcvolunteers.eventbrite.com

Hot off the Press: Science writing and publishing beyond the journal article!

AWIS DC presents:

Hot off the Press: Science writing and publishing beyond the journal article!

September 20, 2016



Nancy Forbes will discuss her recent book, “Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field:  How Two Men Revolutionized Physics”—why she decided to write it, the story itself and its importance for science and the modern world.  She will explain her experience with the publishing world and give suggestions for getting published, either with articles or books. Finally, she will briefly speak about her involvement with AWIS over the last 30 years and the value she has derived from the organization.

Don’t forget to bring your business cards along! We’ll be raffling off copies of Ms. Forbes books as well as a few other titles!

Networking and appetizers at 6pm. Programming begins at 6:30.

All are welcome!

Tickets: http://awisdcforbes.eventbrite.com

Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!


Nancy Forbes has worked for over 25 years in the management and analysis of science and technology programs, especially in the military and intelligence community.  She currently works for the National Coordination Office for Networking and IT R&D as a strategist and writer. Her experience includes serving as senior analyst for S&T for the Central Intelligence Agency, evaluation of national IT research programs for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and technical oversight for federal R&D projects, including at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). She “moonlights” as a science writer, having published numerous articles and two books, “Imitation of Life:  How Biology is Inspiring Computing” by MIT Press and most recently, “Faraday, Maxwell and the Electromagnetic Field” for Prometheus Books.  She holds a Bachelors and Master’s degrees in physics from Columbia University and equivalent degrees in Spanish literature from the University of Virginia.

AWIS DC presents: Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Women in STEM

AWIS DC presents: 

Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Women in STEM 

July 12, 2016



Have you ever wondered what unconscious bias is and how it affects women in STEM? On Tuesday, July 12th Dr. Janette Lun from Scientific Workforce Diversity in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will join AWIS DC to help tackle this important topic. Don’t forget to bring your questions and business cards along!

Networking and appetizers at 6pm. Programming begins at 6:30.

All are welcome!

Tickets: http://awisdcbias.eventbrite.com

Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!

Janetta Lun, Ph.D. is a senior behavioral scientist in Scientific Workforce Diversity in the Office of the Director at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In this position, she works on evidence-based approaches and interventions to enhance the diversity and social inclusion of the scientific workforce at NIH.  In 2013-2014, she was an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Program, Policy and Management of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflicts and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID.  Her fellowship work supported the implementation of the U.S. National Action Plan of Women, Peace and Security at USAID.  She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Virginia with research on the social-cognitive basis of intergroup attitudes and behavior, as well as cultural psychology. She had also held positions at other organizations such as UVA’s Center for Advanced Study on Teaching and Learning and Chemonics International where she conducted program evaluations and projects review. Dr. Lun has also designed and taught classes on cultural diversity and cross-cultural negotiation.

AWIS DC Mentoring Circles Mid-Year Event

AWIS DC Mentoring Circles Mid-Year Event

Leading from where you are: building leadership skills in your current position

Not all leaders are in management positions. How do you continue to build and strengthen your leadership skills regardless of your career level?

Join AWIS for small group discussions on several different “Leading from where you are” techniques.  You will be meeting new people, so bring your business cards!

Monday, June 13th, 2016
AAAS Building, 1200 New York Ave, NW
Networking starts at 6:00
Presentation starts at 6:30

Coloring Outside the Lines

AWIS DC presents:

Coloring Outside the Lines

May 16, 2016


     AWIS DC is excited to host an evening with Laura Odell, Assistant Director for the Institute of Defense Analyses. Her expertise has led her across incredible science and technical fields. Have you ever been curious about what different opportunities exist for you, but you may miss because they seem unrelated to your field? Sometimes it pays to get out of your comfort zone and color outside the lines!

Come hear this fantastic speaker present a view of her career path as well as offer career advice. Networking and appetizers at 6pm. Programming begins at 6:30. All are welcome!

Tickets: http://odell.eventbrite.com

Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!


Laura Odell develops progressively complex projects where weapon, business, and network requirements intersect.  She is a “hands- on,” operationally focused leader specializing in presenting feasible solutions that are ultimately rendered in an electronic environment.  She optimizes the trade space balance between risk and performance by linking operational process and controls to an organization’s strategic objectives.

With twenty five years of experience, her core competencies intersect the business and cyber domains. Her primary focus area is on Cyber intrusion and Cyber hostility defensive design to enable platform resiliency.  She is currently working on a variety of disruptive technologies projects, including mobility to the tactical edge for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Chief Information Officer (OSD CIO). She is recognized as a leader in the Federal government industry sector and has been a speaker topics regarding IT enabled data analytics, rapid acquisition procurement and cyber security hostility topics at the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, Defense Acquisition University, American Engineering Institute, and other industry forums.

Before joining IDA, Ms. Odell was a Partner at KPMG LLP responsible for US Global Department of Defense practice and was the Americas leader for the deployment of the Global Supply Chain Offering (GSCO) in the United States.

Her experience working for the Federal government includes positions as in Deputy Program Manager for the Department of Defense F/A-18 aircraft program for electronic warfare, Congressional Liaison for the Naval Air Test Center, and flight test engineer for Strike aircraft directorate-US Navy conducting at sea carrier suitability operations and a three year global rotation in the Pacific Rim.  She began her career as a design engineer for Honeywell.

Learn more about Laura Odell at https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauraaodell.

Picture Day! Professional Headshot, Networking & Resume Exchange

AWIS DC presents:

Picture Day! Professional Headshot, Networking & Resume Exchange!

April 4, 2016


American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Building,
1200 New York Avenue Northwest, Washington DC

At her talk with AWIS DC in December, personal branding expert, Jen Dalton, reminded us of the value of having a professional headshot to represent us in the digital world. As much as we like taking them, it seems that our selfie shots might not make the best 1st impression! We’re pleased to offer you an opportunity to have your business profile portrait taken by DC-area portrait photographer, Tamzin Smith. Tamzin is giving AWIS and AWIS friends a very special offer that includes 1 full-resolution, moderately-retouched digital file (selected from 3-5 shots)! Spaces are limited! ALL ARE WELCOME! Please RSVP by March 31st! Note: No refunds will be given for the headshot portion of this event after March 31, 2016.

Tickets: https://awisdcpictureday.eventbrite.com

Not a member! Join AWIS DC Here!

What to do while you wait for your personal photo shoot?

Photos will be taken on a first come, first served basis so polish off your resumes and bring ~5-10 copies to exchange with others for feedback and networking while you wait! Don’t forget your business cards!

Already have a professional headshot? Feel free to just join us for the Resume Exchange and networking!

Appetizers will be provided.

About Tamzin

Tamzin Smith is a 2013 honors graduate of the Washington School of Photography Professional Program, and an artist-in-residence at Washington ArtWorks in Rockville, Maryland. Tamzin specializes in contemporary, natural light portraits, in studio and on location, for business and branding, social media, online dating, and personal enjoyment. She brings to her work lessons learned from being on the other side of the camera as a model, a sense of composition and color from 23 years as a graphic designer and illustrator, and a sensitivity to the discomfort many people feel being photographed from 4 years of working largely with a professional female clientele. Examples of Tamzin’s work are attached and you can view more on her website at www.tamzinsmithphoto.com.

Tips for preparing for your portrait session:

  • Consider getting your makeup and hair professionally done—unless going for glamorous look, keep it natural.
  • If getting hair cut and/or colored, best to do it a week in advance–give it a chance to settle in and look natural, or if you don’t like it, you have time to make adjustments.
  • Do your hair and makeup carefully, and bring tools/products to touch up.
  • Pinterest is a great resource for wardrobe—search “what to wear for portrait,” maybe add “business,” “casual,” etc…
  • Wear something you love and feel great in, and/or that others have told you you look great in, and that flatters your figure and/or suits the intended use (business, social, dating, etc…).
  • Choose classic styles rather than trendy (unless fashion is your business and/or you are prepared to get an updated portrait when styles change).
  • Bring some options to accessorize (jacket or cardigan, scarves, jewelry, etc…).
  • Please make sure clothes are free of wrinkles, lint and/or pet hair.
  • If you wear glasses, bring them, clean them and be prepared to be photographed in them.
  • Get good sleep and hydration!

AWIS National, AWIS DC and AWIS Bethesda: Wine & Cheese Event

VF01AWIS National, AWIS DC and AWIS Bethesda invite you to a night of networking at the AAAS headquarters.

Come mingle with fellow women in science enthusiasts and learn more about what the individual chapters and our national organization have to offer. Bring your questions, ideas, and business cards! Be sure to RSVP through EventBrite,

Wine & cheese will be provided. Cheers!


Monday, March 14, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EDT)


AAAS Headquarters. 1200 New York Avenue NW Washington. Washington, DC 20005

AWIS 45th Anniversary Celebration


Please Join Us for Our 45th Anniversary Celebration

Ever since our founding in 1971, AWIS has been at the forefront of successful efforts to change policy and break down barriers for women in STEM.  You are invited to join members of the National Governing Board and the DC Chapter for an evening of celebration and networking.

Thursday, February 11, 2016


Lebanese Taverna, Cedar Room

2641 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20008

*Hors d’oeuvres provided and a cash bar available.

This event is exclusive to AWIS members and supporters and an RSVP is required.

2016 Officer for AWIS Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter

Happy New Year, AWIS DC!

The Nominations and Elections Committee of the Washington DC Metropolitan Chapter of the Association for Women in Science is pleased to announce the election results for the 2016 chapter officers.

2016 AWIS Washington DC Metropolitan Officers
President: Leslie Jimison Hamilton (elected in 2015)
President-elect: Megan Stine
Past-president: Kristina Krasnov Miller (elected in 2014)
Vice President for Programs: Deborah Bouvier
Vice President for Finance: Barbara Natalizo
Vice President for Communications: Kelsey Sugrue
Vice President for Membership: Jennifer Blum

The amendment to the chapter bylaws also passed.

Thank you to the 2015 chapter officers for all their hard work and dedication to the chapter and we look forward to the new year!

Mentoring Circles 2016 Kickoff Event Featuring Dr. Ofelia Olivero

The 2016 Mentoring Circles Program Kick-off Event

January 13th, 2016

AAAS Building

1200 New York Ave, NW

Washington, DC 20005

6:00 PM Networking

6:30 PM Presentation

Dr. Ofelia Olivero, Author of Interdisciplinary Mentoring in Science: Strategies for Success. Dr. Olivero offers practical and engaging advice on interdisciplinary mentoring in all fields of science. You’ll learn what successful mentoring is, what it is not, and how these important concepts relate to scientists today. Her presentation includes real-world examples, and is backed by current evidence and research. Learn about the benefits and challenges of building a mentoring relationship.

Participating in a Mentoring Circle is free for AWIS members.  To join the Mentoring Circles Program as an AWIS Member:

1. Complete an application form
2. Register for the Kick-off event

To join the Mentoring Circles Program as a non- Member:

1. Complete an application form
2. Register for Mentoring Circles and the Kick-off event ($50.00 fee)

For more information on our Mentoring Circles Program, click here