ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE INC. SAN DIEGO

San Diego, CA   |  http://www.awissd.org

Mission

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS), San Diego chapter is committed to supporting women in all stages of their STEM careers by creating seminars, providing networking opportunities, crafting educational programming, and offering scholarships. By organizing science-themed events, we seek to engage the local community and provide visibility to our members as STEM role models. Membership in AWIS-SD also affords the opportunity to discuss goals and visions in a safe environment, attain leadership skills, and be part of a diverse team dedicated to STEM career equality.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Courtney Benson PhD

Main address

PO Box 178096

San Diego, CA 92177 USA

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EIN

52-1459168

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (U03)

Higher Education Institutions (B40)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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Scholarships

Every year we award academic scholarships worth $1,000 each to very worthy young women who are continuing their studies in science and science related (STEM) fields. The majority of the women who were awarded these AWIS-SD Scholarships are working in STEM related fields. The Scholarship Committee receives more than 100 applications each year. We would like to be able to award even more scholarships to worthy women in science. We also give awards to women in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair every year. We award $100 each to middle school and high school students.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Women in Science and Technology (WIST) is our flagship event. Held every other year (odd numbered years), the conference focuses on empowering women and offering various career development workshops. This event draws over a hundred attendees. The event offers plenary lectures from prominent women in science and leadership positions to interactive workshops on professional and personal development. The AWIS-SD Scholarships are presented to the winners at this event. It is designed to inspire and empower women in their STEM careers and garners stellar reviews from the attendees.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

We conduct several major outreach events per year, aimed mostly at children and and young women. These hands on science events include: family science days at the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering, a table with chemistry experiments at Chem Expo, science workshops at the Expanding Your Horizons Day (for middle school girls) and a STEM career conference (for high school juniors and seniors). The career conference provides a panel of women in a variety of STEM careers who explain their particular career and training. Our Outreach Committee also gives $100 awards to young students (middle school and high school) who enter science projects in the Greater San Diego Science and Engineering Fair.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A2I Coffee Club is an informal gathering for individuals in academia interested in transitioning to a career in industry. We are a fun and relaxing network group holding monthly meetings and multiple company tours throughout the year. We invite individuals holding a variety of positions in industry to join our coffee social each month to provide insight into their career move and work/life balance. The forums are intended to be a place for people of similar interests or paths in life to meet and support each other. It’s a great way to network with fellow AWIS members and share ideas and encouragement.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Academics

These regularly held Strategy Sessions are offered seven times a year. They offer specific career and personal development workshops for AWIS-SD members. They include such topics as: leadership, communication, personal branding and social media, developing mentor/mentee relationships, financial planning, networking, negotiating and starting your own business. As small and intimate events, the Strategy Sessions also provide opportunities for networking and peer to peer mentoring.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Awards

Star Chapter 2015

National Chapter of the Assiciation for Women in Science

Eleanor Roosevelt-Hero Award to Dorothy Sears 2013

Business Women's Mega Mixer- Women Making History Awards

Debra Reed-Business Leader Award to Tamera Weisser 2013

Business Women's Mega Mixer- Women Making History Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Affiliate/Chapter of National Organization (i.e. Girl Scouts of the USA, American Red Cross, etc.) - Affiliate/chapter 1986

Financials

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ASSOCIATION FOR WOMEN IN SCIENCE INC. SAN DIEGO

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Varykina (Kina) Thackray

UC San Diego

Term: 2020 - 2022

Cynthia Kuan

UC San Diego

Katherine (Kat) Chang

UC San Diego

Angela Macia

UC San Diego

Robyn Wygal

Self-Employed

Sigrid Katz

Illumina

Michelle Muldong

UC San Diego

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

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