Women in Neuroscience

Talent is not gendered. Opportunity shouldn’t be.

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Women in Neuroscience

EIN: 85-4295528


Empowering a diverse community of female students to pursue leadership careers in neuroscience and neurology

Ruling year info


Board President

Judi Nudelman

Main address

PO Box 17212

Austin, TX 78760 USA

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Subject area info

STEM education

Medical education


Brain and nervous system disorders

Women's rights

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Population served info

Young women

People of Asian descent

People of African descent

People of Latin American descent


NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Women have traditionally been excluded from positions of leadership, specifically in the STEM fields. Inequality for women permeates neuroscience. A 2003 neuroscience survey indicated females accounted for 50% of neuroscience PhDs, but only 25% of tenure-track faculty and just 22% of tenured professors. Evidence suggests instead of being denied job opportunities in academic science, female scientists tend to leave for work–life balance. A more insidious reason for the drop might be subtle biases and stereotypes against women scientists. In a study analyzing neuroscience journals from 2005-17, women were underrepresented in high-profile journals, with only 29.8% women authors. Academic Medicine showed a substantial salary difference between males and females by about $20,000. Mentoring and strong leadership to support and promote women's work have been among the most important factors in retaining women. Female role models are critical for recruiting young women.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Summer Intensive

The Summer Intensive is an eight week research lab internship for undergraduate women held in Austin and San Antonio, TX. The internships offer a summer of learning at the University of Texas at Austin Neuroscience Department or at the Dell Medical School of Neurology research labs. In San Antonio, internships are held at the University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio's medical school, and the UT-San Antonio Neuroscience Department.

Each student gains knowledge through their assignment to a faculty advisor and lab. On a daily basis, interns shadow and work hands-on with the faculty advisor and lab staff to understand lab protocol, complete research tasks, and learn how the Scientific Method furthers the fields of neuroscience and neurology. During the internship, interns come together for workshops and speaker sessions to broaden knowledge in these fields and to enhance personal and professional development.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of African descent
People of Asian descent
People of Latin American descent
Young women

Where we work


Excellence Award 2019

University of Texas OLLI LAMP

Excellence Award 2021

University of Texas OLLI LAMP

Excellence Award 2023

University of Texas OLLI Discover

URSO Award 2019

Cure PSP

Pro-Bono Award 2023

Mach 1 Group

Community Grant 2022

Austin Community Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

University of Texas at Austin Department of Neuroscience 2018

University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School Department of Neurology 2019

Ann Richards School for Young Women Leaders 2018

Huston Tillotson University 2021

University of Texas San Antonio Neuroscience Department 2023

University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 2023

Breakthrough Central Texas 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students enrolled

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summer Intensive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of first-entry undergraduate program students who identify themselves as 'visible minorities'or 'non-white'

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summer Intensive

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of small learning community opportunities offered to improve undergraduate student engagement

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Summer Intensive

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This number represents the number of mentors who accepted interns in their labs.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Women in Neuroscience (WiN) encourages and supports young women who are primarily: First generation attending college, underrepresented minorities and/or economically disadvantaged to pursue careers and leadership in neuroscience & neurology.

By creating an inclusive scientific community, WiN is working to produce better outcomes in neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, dementia, Parkinson's Disease, epilepsy and strokes.

The field of neuroscience is uniquely situated to lead the push for women's equality because of the high numbers of initial interest. Working to foster, encourage, and nurture future women in neuroscience and neurology is the mission of WiN.

1) Summer Internship Program
The 2023 Summer Intensive had 25 students placed in Austin and San Antonio at:
* University of Texas Dell Medical School
* University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (Medical School)
* Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas
* University of Texas at Austin
* University of Texas San Antonio

2) Mentorships
* Connect Women In Neuroscience interns with faculty, host and graduate school mentors

3) Scholarships
* Interns receive a stipend each summer
* Develop sustainable funding

4) Leadership
* Attract and support volunteers to aid in professional development of interns

5) Operations
* Educate and build staff for operational, strategic and fundraising capacity

Since establishment as a 501c3 in Dec 2020, WiN has grown staff to accommodate increases in program functions, expansion of feeder schools and host sites, and an increase in the number of interns each summer.

Dec 2020 - Part Time ED (60%)
July 2020 - Full Time ED
April 2022 - Part Time/Contract Program Manager - 15 - 20 hours per week
July 2022 - Full Time Development Manager
Present - Recruiting Full Time Program Manager

In addition, WiN has continuously built its board since Dec 2020 - growth from an initial three board members to seven, with current efforts to increase.

Establishment of board Development Committee in 2023 for increased emphasis on fundraising.

Annual Strategic Plan - First developed in 2022 with an update for 2023 - will be updated for 2024.

The UT CONNECT program uses data to build measurement and evaluation capacity within community organizations. The program uses skilled graduate students (masters and doctoral) at The University of Texas to deliver high-quality, actionable information. WiN's projects:

* 2022 - Increase number of underrepresented minorities in WiN applicant pool
Increasing outreach to organizations / institutions focused on student demographic of WiN focus
* Huston Tillotson University (HBCU) - interns since 2021
* Breakthrough Central Texas (path to and through college for first time college families) - summer 2023 interns
* University of Texas San Antonio - summer 2023 interns

* 2023 - Develop a framework for strategic partnerships

In Process:
1) National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Grant - to be submitted by September 27, 2023, deadline - Ten students per year for 2024, 2025, 2026 - recruitment will be from other parts of Texas outside Austin and San Antonio, plus other parts of the nation.
2) Draw interns from Epiphany School, Boston, Grades 6- 12th. Epiphany is focused on URM and first generation college students.

The WiN strategic plan has five elements: Internships, Mentorships, Development, Leadership, and Operations. This section focuses on plans for 2024 and beyond.

Increase the number of students from HBCU's and HSI's and Under Represented Minorities (URM)/1st Generation
1) Increase the number from Huston Tillotson University ( 2 in 2023)
2) Increase the number of interns in San Antonio (3 in 2023)
3) Use three year NSF, National Science Foundation, REU Grant (Submission 9/27/23) to provide housing and transportation funding in order to increase these types of interns and add presence / awareness in additional cities
4) Additional Texas HBCU in 2024
5) National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates posting will draw from other parts of the nation
6) Add Epiphany School in Boston in 2025
7) Add additional Texas Young Women Professional Network School in 2026 ( Dallas likely target city)

1) Increase mentoring from Graduate Students
2) Provide mentoring training for Faculty and Graduate Students
3) Implement Volunteer Mentoring Network of Professionals

1) Implement programs to recruit MAJOR DONORS
2) Increase Grants
a) Community-based funds such as Austin Community Foundation and Impact Austin
b) Continual scanning of available grants
c) NSF REU Grant Submission 9/27/23 for 2024/2025/2026 Grant of $150,000 per year to support 10 students from remote locations each year

Recruit Additional Board Members with Following Skills / Background
1) Retired MD - ideally female who is an Under Represented Minority (URM)
2) Lawyer for Non-Profit Legal Guidance
3) Seasoned Board President / Chairperson who can succeed founding board president
4) Significant fundraising skills and connections
5) Increase diversity of board

Hire Full Time Program Manager ( replacing part time contractor)

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


Women in Neuroscience
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

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Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 150.45 over 2 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15.5 over 2 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 9% over 2 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Women in Neuroscience

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Women in Neuroscience’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $124,001 -$883
As % of expenses 108.2% -0.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $124,001 -$883
As % of expenses 108.2% -0.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $235,352 $214,007
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% -9.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $114,646 $214,890
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 87.4%
Personnel 42.7% 55.4%
Professional fees 11.5% 10.6%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 28.0% 19.5%
All other expenses 17.8% 14.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $114,646 $214,890
One month of savings $9,554 $17,908
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $124,200 $232,798

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 20.4 10.5
Months of cash and investments 20.4 10.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 20.3 10.8
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $195,045 $188,642
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $0 $5,200
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.5% 0.9%
Unrestricted net assets $193,994 $193,111
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $193,994 $193,111

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board President

Judi Nudelman

After a 30 year career with IBM and years of retirement, Judi founded Women in Neuroscience (WiN) in 2018. WiN's mission is to build a diverse community of women leaders in neuroscience and neurology. WiN was established to honor Judi's husband Harvey's career in neuroscience and to bring diversity of thought into the field to accelerate solutions to the difficult problems of neurodegenerative diseases. Judi established lasting partnerships with the University of Texas at Austin Neuroscience Department, and Dell Medical School Neurology Department. Skilled researchers and clinicians provide life changing summer internships to undergraduate women of color who want to pursue careers in neuroscience.

Number of employees

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Highest paid employees

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Board of directors
as of 04/29/2024
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Board chair

Judi Nudelman

Janet C. Walkow, PhD

University of Texas at Austin

Jim Walb

Leadership Equality Academy

Socar Chatman-Thomas

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Gail Kaplan

Kaplan & Jass

Michela (Micky) Marinelli, PhD

University of Texas at Austin

Kaelin Rubenzer


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/29/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/27/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.