Organizations and Services for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine

Campus Organizations and Resources

--Chancellor's Advisory Committee on the Status of Women (CSW)
--Office For The Prevention Of Harassment And Discrimination (OPHD)
--Psychological & Counseling Services (P&CS)
--UCSD Society of Women Engineers (UCSD SWE)
--Women in computing at UCSD (WIC at UCSD)
--Society for Women in Graduate Studies in Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCSD (SWIGS)
--Women's Center
--Jacobs School of Engineering (Engineering at UCSD)


Local Organizations

--Association for Women in Science - San Diego Chapter (AWIS-San Diego)
--Scripps Research institute Network for Women in Science (NWIS)

National/International Organizations

--Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
--The Committee on the Status of Women in Physics, affiliated with the American Physical Society (APS)
--Maria Mitchell Association (MMA)
--The National Academies' Committee on Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE)
--Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
--Women in Engineering (WIE)
--Women in Technology International (WITI)
--Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)
--Building Engineering& Science Talent (BEST)
--National Science foundation Women Workforce data (NSF-Women Workforce)
--Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
--American Association of University Women (AUW)

Scholarship and Award Announcements

AWIS, the Association for Women in Science, offers pre-doctoral awards and college scholarships for high school seniors in the amount of $1,000. A new program, the Kirsten R. Lorentzen Award, is for college sophomores and juniors studying physics or geoscience. Several of the awards, given annually or every other year, are named to honor the achievements of women scientists. Internships are also available.

The Society of Women Engineers offers several scholarships and awards, both locally and nationally.

Computer Science for Women was created as a resource to help spark interest in Computer Science in young girls, and to help women pursue an education and career in this dynamic field. Readers will find tips for picking a Computer Science college, lists of women-only Computer Science scholarships, and much more. Thanks to Angela Hanners for sharing the link with us!

The M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship for Women in Physics -- The American Physical Society, APS, is once again offering the M. Hildred Blewett Fellowship for Women in Physics. This unique scholarship has been established to enable women to return to physics research after having had to interrupt those careers for family reasons. Contact Sue Otwell for more information.

The GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists -- GE Healthcare, formerly Amersham Biosciences, and Science/AAAS have joined forces in creating the GE & Science Prize for Young Life Scientists. Since 1995, the aim of the prize has been to recognize outstanding Ph.D. graduate students from around the world and reward their research in the field of molecular biology. Both Science/AAAS and GE Healthcare believe that support of promising scientists at the beginning of their careers is critical for continued scientific progress. Each year, the grand prize winner receives a prize of US$25,000, while runners-up receive prizes of US$5,000. The staffs of both GE Healthcare and Science/AAAS salute the efforts of past winners and look forward to research findings from future entrants. Visit the link above for more information.

Fun Stuff!

Educated Woman: The Grad School Adventures of Micella Phoenix DeWhyse -- Join Micella Phoenix DeWhyse - grad student extraordinaire - as she makes her way through grad school in Materials Science and Engineering.

The Hypatia Institute

Nerd Girls -- This Tufts University organization serves to break the stigmas and stereotypes of women in engineering by showcasing their diverse talents.

Piled Higher and Deeper -- This comic strip, created by Jorge Cham, Ph.D., follows of group of Stanford students through their grad school careers. One of the main characters, Cecilia, is in the engineering program and maintains her own blog!

Resources for Young Scientists


A Kid's Guide to Engineering -- Explore the world of engineering to begin thinking like a specialized problem-solver. Kid-friendly site to learn all about engineering and what it is like to be an engineer. Our young friend, Nicole, who is a student in an after school STEM program, told us about this page to help other young discoverers learn more. Nicole even does research and experiments of her own. Thanks for the link, Nicole, you rock - We’re glad you’re as excited about learning as we are!

An Overview of Simple Machines -- This informative site highlights six different machine principals, considered to be the simplest and most basic, that are incorporated into modern-day machinery. Lisa Carpenter spends time volunteering as a science and math tutor for kids in Upstate NY. Lisa worked on teaching the kids about science topics like technology, robotics, and modern day machinery. One of her students, Marcus, did some research on his own and helped to create this awesome page about simple machines. Fantastic work, Marcus and friends - keep it up!

Engineer your life -- Engineer your life is a website aimed to help high school aged women gain information on pursuing engineering as a career. Includes information on preparing and applying for college, how to test out if engineering interests you, scholarships and financial aid, and much more!

Wish-net - Women in Science and Healthcare Network (WISH-net) seeks to inspire, mentor, and connect girls and women of all ages in the sciences and/or healthcare. Throughout the site, WISH-net provides mentoring resources aimed at stimulating and sustaining interest in scientific careers for school-age girls, encouraging women who are pursuing careers in science, and supporting the commitment of women who are already working in the sciences.

Engineer Girl! -- Engineer Girl! tries to bring national attention to the opportunity that engineering represents to all people at any age, but particularly to women and girls.

EurekAlert! -- EurekAlert! maintains a portal devoted to science reporting especially for young students.

Girls Go Tech-- This website encourages girls to explore the math, science, and technology that is all around them.

I WAS wondering... -- This website is intended to showcase the accomplishments of contemporary women in science and to highlight for young people the varied and intriguing careers of some of today's most prominent scientists.

Kinetic City -- Kinetic City is the most amazing collection of science experiments, games, activities, challenges, and more!

Sally Ride Science -- This organization, founded by former astronaut and first American woman in space Sally Ride, empowers girls to explore the world of science through their innovative programs and award-winning science publications.

Science News for Kids -- Science News for Kids is a new website devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 13. The goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, web resources, and other useful materials. -- is a gateway for young girls to experience the excitement of contemporary science and technology through on and offline interactivity with science and technology centers worldwide.

Biomedical Beat-- A monthly digest of research news from The National Institute of General Medical Science.

BrainCake -- Website directed towards encouraging young girls in the sciences. Contains a vast resource of Mentoring/Science groups (Pennsylvania based), opportunity to meet mentors, and scholarship opportunities.

GirlStart -- Non-profit organization based in Austin, Texas which offers afterschool and summer camp programs to empower middle-school age girls in math, science, and technology.

Binary Girl -- The goal of is to share knowledge with those interested in learning more about technology through an interactive community of women. The site contains a job section, cyber jargon dictionary, tech resources, message board, and much more.

Resources for Parents and Teachers

National Institutes of Health Office of Science Education -- The NIH OSE coordinates science education activities at the NIH and develops and sponsors science education projects in house. These programs serve elementary, secondary, and college students and teacher and the public.

Science NetLinks-- Science NetLinks provides a wealth of resources for K-12 science educators and is a guide to meaningful standards-based internet experiences for students.

Mad Science -- Science enrichment provider available to a wide area across the country to bring live science programs to school children.

DragonFly TV-- DragonFly TV SciGirls is a collaborative program funded by the National Science Foundation that empowers PBS outreach professionals to partner with local youth organizations, educators and parents to deliver hands-on science encouragement and career guidance to girls in their communities. Check out the website for activity and lesson guides, program schedule, and more!

UCSD-TV Teachers' portal -- Educational programming at UCSD-TV provides students, parents, and teachers access to programs to enrich their classroom experience and preparation for college.