Montclair State University partners with AWIS New Jersey to provide female STEM students access to local AWIS resources

Montclair State University recognition as a doctoral degree-granting institution in 2016 by New Jersey State’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education has paved the way for expansion of its doctoral programs. Montclair continues to expand the University’s development as a research doctoral university, simultaneously expanding its mission to promote student diversity.

The University recently appointed Dr. Lora Billings as the Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. Billings has a vision to further strengthen the STEM enterprise at Montclair by fostering external partnerships and providing experiential learning opportunities for the students. The partnership with Association for Women in Science, Central Jersey is one such key partnership.

Tori Zirul, Executive Director of  the MSU student team will lead the activities of the group.

The partnership was facilitated by Linda Obenauer-Kutner who is on the Advisory Boards for both the organizations. “Having a close association with both the organizations provided me an opportunity to envision how the partnership would be mutually beneficial”, said Kutner.

We are looking forward to work with the team of female STEM students at Montclair State, said Kaman Misra, President for AWIS New Jersey. “We hope to develop such associations with other institutions within New Jersey. With numerous resources to share, the students will have access to our wide outreach to the New Jersey STEM ecosystem and we look forward to many similar productive associations”, she added.

About AWIS

AWIS is a leading national advocate for women in STEM with a mission to advance gender equity by inspiring bold leadership and research to drive organizational systemic changes. Established in 1995, the New Jersey chapter, AWIS-NJ empowers and promotes women scientists through programs that facilitate career development, education, networking, leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities. Community outreach & engagement efforts include The Entrepreneurship Challenge, The MedHealth Challenge, High School STEM Scholarships and the Mentoring Awards.

About Montclair State University

Montclair State University is a research doctoral institution ranked in the top tier of national universities. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 11 colleges and schools that serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive, sophisticated and diverse academic environment.