Distinguished Women In Science (DWIS) Colloquia

A woman's likelihood of success in a scientific career has been shown to increase dramatically with the number of successful female scientists to which she is exposed to during her academic career. For this reason, the quarterly student-hosted "Distinguished Women in Science" seminar series was founded to provide graduate students and postdoctoral scholars with an opportunity to interact with prominent female role models in the science community.

The goal of the Distinguished Women in Science (DWIS) Colloquia is to provide seminars to the chemistry community that appeal to a broad audience. We aim to select speakers who are engaging, enthusiastic, and interested in interacting with students.

To connect with the DWIS Organizing Committee, please email <chemistry-dwis@stanford.edu>.

2015-2016 DWIS Speakers

Day Speaker
October 26th Dr. Wendy Cieslak, Sandia National Laboratories
May 16th Professor Emily Weiss, Northwestern University

Over the course of the DWIS Seminar Series, we have been fortunate to welcome many influential and innovative women from diverse backgrounds and disciplines to share their experiences with us. The list of previous honorees includes:
  • Tatyana Polenova, University of Delaware
  • Abigail Doyle, Princeton University
  • Madeleine Jacobs, President of the American Chemical Society
  • Jacqueline Barton, California Institute of Technology
  • Kyoung-Shin Choi, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Donna Blackmond, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Vy Dong, University of Toronto
  • Nancy Levinger, Colorado State University
  • Cathy Crudden, Queen's University
  • Laura Gagliardi, University of Minnesota 
  • Alanna Schepartz, Yale University
  • Melanie Sanford, University of Michigan 
  • Laura Kaufman, Columbia University
  • Cherie Kagan, University of Pennsylvania
  • Angela Belcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Judith Klinman, University of California, Berkeley
  • Angelica Stacey, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mary Beth Williams, Pennsylvania State University
  • Ann Weber, Merck & Co.
  • Gunda Georg, University of Minnesota
  • Geri Richmond, University of Oregon
  • Cheryl Stevenson, Illinois State University
  • Ka Yee Lee, University of Chicago
  • Jeanne Pemberton, University of Arizona
  • Cynthia Friend, Harvard University
  • Mildred Dresselhaus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Victoria De Rose, Texas A&M University