Registration for our second annual Spring to Action event is now open! This year, the summit will address mentorship roles and relationships, and how to optimize your experiences in grad school and beyond. We will discuss how to navigate mentor/mentee dynamics and common road blocks that impede professional relationships. We will also hear about current mentorship opportunities available at local graduate schools and discuss ways to improve or add mentorship programs.
We welcome all affiliates of all genders from our partner schools who are interested in the topic to attend. Come to any part of the event, lunch, snacks, and coffee will be served throughout the day. Spread the word by sharing our flyer!
10:20-11am: Registration (inside Pierce Hall Room 100F)
11-12pm: Keynote speaker, Tamara Brown (Director of Sustainable Development and Community Engagement, Praxair, Inc.)
12-1pm: Session 1, Workshops led by: Dr. Avi Rodal (Associate Professor, Brandeis) Dr. Kylie Huckleberry (postdoc, NEU)
2-2:30pm: Breakout Session 1
2:35-3:35pm: Panel on mentorship featuring: Dr.Kıvılcım Kılıç (Research Scientist, BU) Dr. Simina Ticau (Senior Scientist, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals) Dr. Shaun Patel (Neuroscientist and bioinformatician, HMS and MGH) Dr. Caroline Uhler (Associate Professor, MIT) Mounika Vutukuru (PhD candidate, BU)
3:45-4:30pm: Breakout Session 2 and debrief
4:30-5:30pm: Mocktail Hour – network and connect with your peers in STEM
Want to get more involved with NE GWiSE? Now is the time to shadow a position you’re interested in and take it on next academic year. Take a look at the current roles and responsibilities here, then fill out the interest form at bit.ly/negwise-board.
We had a great meeting tonight! Thanks to everyone who attended, we had fun meeting newcomers and hope to work with you more as members of NE GWiSE!
We made progress finalizing the details for our upcoming #Spring2Action summit just a few months away: Saturday April 6th at Harvard! However we’re still recruiting volunteers, panelists and workshop leaders. Sign up to get involved with a planning committee: here. Contact us if you would like to recommend or participate as a panelist or work shop leader: email@example.com
We need your energy to make this year’s Spring to Action a success! The planning committees have been formed –sign up here to help with planning logistics, inviting speakers, budgeting, food, social media, and more!
Spring to Action: Roles and Relationships: A Summit on Mentorship in Grad School and Beyond When: Saturday, April 6th, all day event (~9am-4pm) Where: Harvard University
The purpose of this event is to help schools identify mentoring-related programs, provide resources for their implementation, improve current programming, and devise metrics to quantify the impact of programs. The day will include an inspiring keynote speaker, panels of mentees discussing their experiences, a mixture of workshops, and an optional mocktail hour for networking and socializing!
Below are descriptions of the planning committees. As a committee member, you will be expected to attend meetings, contribute to discussions, and help with action items.
Speaker/panel: brainstorm topics of talk/questions, contact speakers, coordinate necessary logistics of speakers, write panel questions (questions for keynote too if do fireside chat) Breakouts/workshops: brainstorm topics, contact workshop/breakout leaders, coordinate necessary logistics of speakers including supplies, write discussion questions and worksheets, coordinate debriefs/summaries Media/Publicity committee: swag, advertisements (flyers, articles, FB, Twitter, Eventbrite RSVP, etc.), photography Funding: look into fundraising/sponsorship, identify how much each school can contribute and collect those funds, make a budget, make sure costs are shared fairly after the event (coordinate reimbursements as necessary) Food: order breakfast, lunch, water, and snacks for event, tablecloths, take care of food logistics day of Logistics: book rooms, supplies, schedule, room setups and A/V; coordinate set up, event itself, and clean up Survey analysis: summarize and quantify results/statistics from the “mentoring resources” surveys at each school
We welcome all to help us plan our event- whether you’ve been involved with NE GWiSE before or not! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or want to find out other ways to get involved.
Start your new year by getting involved with NE GWiSE! We are having our first open meeting of the year January 28th, 6:30-7:30pm at Harvard.
Join us to learn more about NE GWiSE, or to get more involved! We are actively recruiting new members, event volunteers, and executive board positions. Opportunities include joining a planning committee for our upcoming Spring to Action event, and shadowing current board members for a position you are interested in starting next year.
Sign up for our Open Meeting : When: Monday, January 28th, 6:30-7:30 pm Where: Harvard campus (room TBA) RSVP here
Happy Holidays from us to you! Thank you Brown University for hosting our December meeting. We had a productive discussion, and managed to sneak in a holiday party while we were there!
Check out our NE GWiSE holiday coasters! This craft was the brain-child of our Professional Development Chair Kristina Wright. We had a great time designing these and holiday cookies.
At the meeting we finalized a date and location for our second annual Spring to Action Summit! This year the event will focus on mentorship and relationships in grad school and STEM.
The purpose of this summit is to help schools identify mentoring-related programs, provide resources for their implementation, improve current programming, and devise metrics to quantify the impact of programs. The day will include an inspiring keynote speaker, panels of mentees discussing their experiences, a mixture of workshops, and an optional mocktail hour for networking and socializing!
Mark your calendars for Saturday April 6th, and stay tuned for more details!
Want to be involved in the Spring to Action Summit? Sign up here to help join a planning committee!
Last month NE GWiSE hosted our second annual Summer Retreat at MIT on August 17th. Each year, the retreat is held to bring the constituents of NE GWiSE together to network, meet new members, and socialize around a central topic. Since we often play dual roles as both mentees and mentors, we focused this year’s retreat on Navigating Power Dynamics & Building Confident Mentalities as STEM graduate students in academia.
The day kicked off early with breakfast and a keynote lecture from MIT Professor of Astrophysics Sara Seager. She walked us through the milestones of her academic career leading up to her present day success. As she described her research and the methods she has pioneered to identify exoplanets, she paused at key points to recount anecdotal interactions with peers, mentors, and colleagues. At every stage of her career, she recounted instances of sexism and imbalanced power including being underestimated, having her ideas dismissed by colleagues, and even being bullied by male colleagues threatened by her success in academia.
Although frustrating to hear she has faced such obstacles, it was also heartening to learn how she addressed and ultimately overcame these challenges throughout her academic track. Professor Seager generously continued to share her advice to attendees in a Q&A session after her talk. It was a cathartic morning as the issues Professor Seager encountered were clearly shared experiences by many attendees.
Following Prof. Seager’s words, NE GWiSE school representatives from Boston University, Brandeis, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts gave updates on their plans for the academic year. Each school discussed challenges they have been facing as student-run organizations and their goals for the future. Each check-in addressed how each school will contribute to and benefit from NE GWiSE in the next year. We will use this feedback to keep momentum up and move forward as a graduate student consortium.
Over lunch, the attendees from different institutions got to meet each other and socialize before re-grouping for workshops in the afternoon. Three workshop sessions addressed strategies to prepare and overcome the obstacles graduate students are unfortunately bound to encounter as they continue their careers in STEM fields. The first workshop session equipped attendees with strategies of how to interact with superiors, and how to form meaningful mentor-mentee relationships. The second session discussed power dynamics, and privilege in STEM, and how to maintain professional relationships. The final session focused on empowerment, how to respond to misused power, and mindful decision making.
The day concluded on a high note with more socializing and Trivia. Prizes were won and new friends were made. The 2nd Annual Summer Retreat was a huge success. We hope our attendees left the day feeling better equipped to face the challenges that their career trajectories may hold. As women in STEM, the obstacles we face can be daunting, we must stay united and help each other rise above the biases against us.
Thank you to all the Summer Retreat attendees, all the GWiSE groups composing and funding NE GWiSE, and to MIT for hosting this fantastic event. All photos taken by Ping Xu.
We are excited to see everyone tomorrow for our 2nd annual NE GWiSE Summer Retreat!
We encourage all attendees to snap and tag photos throughout the event with #negwise. A prize will go to best photo of the day! Follow us on Instagram and Twitter @ne_gwise
Please read over the details for tomorrow below:
Check-in will begin at8:30AM in Building 3, outside Room 270 (77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge). The day will start promptly at 9:30, please arrive early to check-in. Empowerment is our goal; dress in what makes you feel confident! Note that a light breakfast, full lunch, and snacks will be provided throughout the day.
For those unfamiliar with MIT, the buildings are numbered not named: location 3-270 is Building 3, room 270. We encourage attendees to use public transport, walk, or bike to the location! Parking is very limited, only street parking is available.
We are pleased to announce the full details of this year’s Summer Retreat!
NE GWiSE Summer Retreat 2018
Navigating Power Dynamics & Building Confident Mentalities
Who: All students, staff, and faculty from our partner schools, including Boston University, Brandeis, Brown, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern, and Tufts
What: This will be a day long event featuring Keynote Speaker Professor Sara Seager of MIT, and workshops exploring ways of navigating the power dynamics involved with being a graduate student in academia. Light breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided throughout the day. The retreat will include Trivia at the end of the day!
When: Friday, August 17th, 2018 from 9:30 A.M. – 4:30 P.M (arrive early for registration).
Where: MIT, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA 02139. Directions.
Why: Graduate students often find themselves in unique situations within the academic power hierarchy, trading roles as both mentees and mentors. These structures and power dynamics can have a profound impact on graduate students’ mental health and ultimately their career trajectories.
At the 2018 NE GWiSE Retreat, we will explore ways for graduate students to navigate power dynamics and build confident mentalities.