We are actively recruiting for new board members for the 2022-2023 academic year!Continue reading “Join the GWISE Executive Board!”
GWISE is offering virtual sessions to strengthen your gratitude muscles and improve your wellbeing
This April we’re excited to be hosting author and blogger Deborah Hawkins who is leading a virtual two-part workshop on intentional gratitude. The workshop dates are April 14th and April 21st at 8 pm EST and are expected to last an hour each. Fill out this form by April 7 at midnight to RSVP!
What is intentional gratitude and why should you care? Research tells us that having a gratitude practice has many positive effects. It can help you sleep better, bounce back after setbacks and encourage a positive mindset. Intentional gratitude takes these benefits a step further. It is based on several simple concepts.
- By learning how to bring yourself into a grateful state, you are celebrating your unique character.
- Gratitude, at its most powerful, is internally directed (based on how well you know yourself) not as a response to good fortune or luck.
- There are things to appreciate all around us. We benefit when we learn how to identify those things.
What will you get out of this workshop? A framework for creating and adapting a gratitude practice – a set of tools – that will support you. The first session on April 14th will cover the concepts of intentional gratitude and guide attendees through developing their own personal gratitude themes. Between the two sessions, attendees will identify four or five personal themes. In the second session on April 21st, we’ll look at everyday situations and how Your themes might show up in those scenarios.
Graduate school is a journey full of discoveries – that’s what makes it exciting! But along that journey we experience dark nights of the soul where we question ourselves and what we are doing. Additionally, women in STEM are often a minority in their labs and face unique struggles on top of the pressures of graduate work. That’s why we’re so excited to be hosting this workshop, because we think it can help members of our community get through those challenges.
Last but not least we’d like to make sure everyone knows all our events are open to people of all gender identities. All are welcome!
Hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing spring break, and see you at the workshop 🙂
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “April Scientist of the Month: Markita del Carpio Landry”
Do you know about the GSO funding and reimbursement opportunities?
Thanks to GSO treasurer Christine Wang and GSO senator Tracy Radsvick for organizing this information!Continue reading “Free Money for SBU grad students!”
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “March Scientist of the Month: Francisca Nneka Okeke”
Come celebrate the colors of Holi with us!Continue reading “Paint Night with GWISE”
Join the annual SBU Women in Computer Science hackatonContinue reading “Hopperhacks is coming!”
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “January Scientist of the Month”
Sign ups are open for our winter python workshop. Read on to learn more:Continue reading “Learn python (for free!) with GWiSE”
Happy holidays to our GWISE friends and family! Read on for our recommendations for the STEMinists in your life*Continue reading “GWISE Holiday Gift Guide”
Does December make you want to stuff your face full of gingerbread? Do you secretly moonlight as a gingerbread house exterior designer? Or just want to celebrate the end of the semester with a chill group of people?
You’re in luck!! GWiSE is hosting a Gingerbread House-making partay on December 15, 2021 at 5:30 pm, location TBD! To help us get a headcount and buy enough kits, sign up here to RSVP!
Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Read on for some excellent grant writing advice from a recent NIH awardee and current SBU graduate studentContinue reading “GWISE interviews NIH awardee Noele Certain”
Name: Anna Thonis
Education: Double B.S. (2017) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Environmental Science (concentration: Geology) and Sustainability Studies. M.S. (2018) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Biological Sciences. Currently pursuing a PhD in Ecology & Evolution at Stony Brook University.
Research: My research focuses on improving the predictive performance of species distribution models by incorporating hurricane data and field-collected competition data into the models. I am using all ten species of Puerto Rican Anolis lizards as my study system.
Future goal(s): Following my PhD, I would like to complete a postdoc focusing on tropical lizard conservation. I hope to secure a postdoc that allows me to conduct field work in the Caribbean or in South America (most ideally in Ecuador’s Amazon because there are so many little-studied lizard species there!). My ultimate goal is to secure a professor position.
By: Cynthia Converso
Read on for advice from this semester’s WISE Leadership Workshop for Graduate StudentsContinue reading “Leadership Advice from SBU Alums”
Congratulations to GWISE president Caitlyn on this fellowship! We are so proud! Keep reading for more information about Caitlyn’s research:Continue reading “An Interview with AAUW Dissertation Fellowship Winner Caitlyn Cardetti”
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “April Scientist of the Month: Kiara Nirghin”
By: Liz Inman
Content Notice: This post contains information about sexual violence and links to personal stories of sexual violence. This post is not legal advice.Continue reading “April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month”
Thanks to everyone who joined us last month for cross-stitch night! We had so much fun getting together to do something creative.
Special thanks to Rebecca Drucker for sharing an image of her finished project with us! We can’t wait to see this hanging in your lab!
Join us later this month for a paint night hosted by Kennelia! Zoom info is on Facebook.
Join Stony Brook’s #1 group for female-identified grad students in STEM!*
We are holding an info session over zoom on March 9th at 7pm EST.
The GWISE e-board plans events to build community and bring scientists together. We host brownbag lunches, field trips to parks and arboretums, game nights, and an annual research showcase! We also run a vibrant mentoring program and active social media accounts + this website/blog.
Interested in a spot on our e-board? Fill out this form!
*Seriously, we’ve won awards!
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “March Scientist of the Month”
By: Jessica Lioy
This week, GWISE blog contributor and Genetics PhD student Jessica shares her tips for a more positive and empowering Instagram feedContinue reading “How to Curate your Instagram for Daily Empowerment”
The average nerd love thinks of love as a chemical reaction but the true intellectual knows nothing says “let’s propagate our gene pool” like a good meme or pun on matters of the heart.
Follow along our top tier list of valentine puns that will knock your partner’s goggles off.
- Nary a bond stronger than that of positive data and the PI.
2. A truly toxic relationship. Consider couple’s therapy.
3.Classic molecular bonding pun.
4. For the electrical set.
5. Is love a type 1 or type 2 error?
6. Darwin and I both …
7.Can someone explain this one to us?
Honorable mention :
9. For those in a committed relationship with their calculator.
10. Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill! Bill!
Join Students with Children for their first meeting!
GWISE member and Genetics PhD Candidate Kelly Hills-Muckey is also the president of a new organization: Students with Children. Join them for their first meeting on Friday, February 12 at 1pm. More information is here.
Jessica A. Lioy, a PhD Student in the Genetics program, takes us through her first rotation project.Continue reading “Investigating Mitotic Spindle Orientation”
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “January Scientist of the Month: Gitanjali Rao”
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “December Scientist of the Month: Janet Iwasa”
By: Caitlyn Cardetti
It’s that time of year where blogs are abuzz with gift guides so I thought I’d give a go at it. Here are my suggestions for some awesome women in STEM gifts to give to not only the women in STEM in your life but those who support them. Or to just buy for yourself.
Disclaimer: We are not affiliated with any of these products and receive no compensation. The gift ideas listed are just suggestions that the author has liked.Continue reading “STEMinist Gift Guide”
By: Shreyoshi ChakrabortiContinue reading “November Scientist of the Month: Anika Chebrolu”
As we end another day of waiting for results in a contentious election that will affect the lives of billions of people, GWISE member Shruti Iyer offers a poem to help tide us over.Continue reading ““Differences””
NAME: Roshni Patil
EDUCATION: B.S. Physics ‘18, UCLA; Will be graduating with Masters degree in Physics from SBU in December 2020 and start the masters program in Electrical Engineering in Spring 2021.
NAME: Amani Ebrahim
EDUCATION: Chemical and Molecular Engineering, Department of Chemical and Molecular Engineering
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Materials Science, Energy Conversion and Storage, Toxic Chemical Decontamination
CURRENT RESEARCH: I study the processes involved in the filtration and decomposition of chemical warfare agents on uniquely engineered nanoporous materials at the atomistic scale. These new materials could be the state-of-the-art technologies to rid the world from the hazards of chemical warfare agents.
FUTURE GOALS: I have many future goals, but they all encompass my love of science and that fact that I want to enrich students and encourage them to pursue studies in the STEM fields.
NAME: Shreyoshi Chakraborti
EDUCATION: I have graduated with a Bachelors and Masters in Chemistry and Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics and Physics from University of Calcutta, India, In 2018. The same year I came to Stony Brook in a PhD program in Biochemistry and Structural Biology. Currently I am a third year PhD student in Prof Nicole S Sampson’s lab in Department of Chemistry.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Finding out novel drug targets
CURRENT RESEARCH: I am working as a PhD student in Dr. Nicole S Sampson’s lab. My project comprises of the Biochemical aspects of cholesterol catabolism by Tb bacteria and finding out novel targets to inhibit virulence and infection of Mtb.
FUTURE GOALS: I want to be an author and scientist. I want to take up writing as a major part of my career.
NAME: Cynthia Converso
EDUCATION: I received a B.S. in Biochemistry with a minor in Mathematics from SUNY Geneseo in 2016. I started at Stony Brook as a Masters student in Biochemistry and Cell Biology and promptly switched to the Molecular and Cellular Biology PhD program in 2018. I have since chosen the Biochemistry and Cell Biology track.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: I am interested in understanding how DNA sequence plays a role in relaying which genes should be actively read or silenced.
CURRENT RESEARCH: I work with Budding yeast cells in order to decipher the role of DNA sequence in the site-specific deposition of a histone variant, H2A.Z, by the enzyme SWR. This plays an important role in telling the cell when and where to start transcribing genes. Miscommunication in this pathway can lead to multiple disorders, including cancer.
FUTURE GOALS: I plan to branch out in my research to include new organisms to study. After graduation, I plan to join a Postdoctoral program and eventually, become a professor!
NAME: Taylor Medwig-Kinney
EDUCATION: I received my B.S. in Biology (Developmental Genetics) and Health Science (Public Health and Community Health Education) from Stony Brook University in 2016. I am currently pursuing my Ph.D. in Genetics at Stony Brook University as well.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: I am interested in the process of cell differentiation, or as I like to describe it, how cells decide what they are going to be when they “grow up.” I am particularly interested in how regulation of gene expression can give rise to many diverse cell types, despite these cells having identical genetic material.
CURRENT RESEARCH: I study how cells become invasive during development of the nematode C. elegans in the Matus Laboratory. This work can provide insights into how cancer cells metastasize and spread to other parts of the body.
FUTURE GOALS: My ultimate goal is to pursue a career in academia as a professor with my own research group, where I can teach and mentor future generations of scientists.
NAME: Greeshma Balabhadra
EDUCATION: PhD Second year, Applied Mathematics and Statistics. Bachelors in Technology, Mathematics and Computing, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati.
RESEARCH INTERESTS: Quantitative Finance, Deep learning
CURRENT RESEARCH: My current work focuses on High frequency Trading data identifying volatility patterns and their predictive performance using deep learning methods. My work also includes exploring different approaches of Information Geometry to learn the geometrical structure of families of probability distributions and its applications in Geometric deep learning.
FUTURE GOALS: I want to pursue my research interests on Sustainable Finance which focuses on financial services integration and investment in environmental, social and governance (ESG) into the business or investment decisions for the lasting benefit of both clients and society at large.
NAME: Tori Peña
EDUCATION: I earned a B.S. in Biological Anthropology and Psychology from SUNY Binghamton University in 2018. Currently, I am a third-year Cognitive Science doctoral student at SUNY Stony Brook University under the advisement of Dr. Suparna Rajaram.
RESEARCH: My primary research interest is social memory, specifically how collaborating with others to remember information shapes memory at the individual and collective level.
FUTURE GOALS: My ultimate goal is to become a professor at an R1 university so I can mentor undergraduate students and conduct research. Hopefully I can work for a CUNY or SUNY university so I can mentor undergraduate students from a wide range of backgrounds.
GWISE in collaboration with WISE is proud to announce the WISE mentorship program for the academic year 2020-21. This program will connect undergraduate women in science and engineering with experienced women mentors in similar areas who can share their unique student perspective. The goal of the program is to help both mentors and mentees with their professional and personal development, and to provide both academic and social support to WISE students.Continue reading “Become a Mentor!”