AWIS New Jersey Marching for Science

“Science, Not Silence”

AWIS New Jersey  partnered with the New Jersey March for Science to support the national mission:

“The March for Science champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.”

The march organized in Trenton war memorial by Prof. Matthew Buckley (Founder) and Elizabeth Meyer (Lead organizer)   drew more than 3,000  peaceful and non-partisan scientists, supporters of science and advocates for evidence-based policies. 


2016 AWIS New Jersey High School STEM Scholarship Winners

2016FN AWIS-NJ STEM Scholars

Established in 1995, AWIS NJ empowers and promotes women scientists through programs that facilitate career development, education, networking, leadership and entrepreneurial opportunities.

For close to 20 years, we have been offering STEM scholarships to female high school students from all parts of New Jersey who display high academic performance, are active in extracurricular activities and plan to pursue STEM careers.

The 2016 high school STEM scholarship winners were highly recommended. Their thought-provoking essays enlightened the review committee about the lives and aspirations of the applicants as well as the accomplishments of inspirational New Jersey women scientists. Our reviewers consider the winners among the top young women of scientific aptitude that New Jersey can offer.

2016 AWIS New Jersey High School STEM Scholarship Review Committee

Michael P. Shakarjian, PhD (Chair)

Smita Thakker-Varia, PhD

Jillian Whidby Freund, PhD

Roberta Batorsky, PhD


A Campaign for Mental Health Under Way at Janssen Research & Development, A Janssen Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson


Have you ever thought of eating disorders with disdain, belittled them as a fad, a “phase”, or deemed them as a lifestyle choice? If yes, you are among many who overlook these serious disorders with potentially life-threatening outcomes as “frivolous.”

Our featured article for the month discusses the leading efforts to uncover the causes and potential treatments for illnesses like treatment-resistant depression, suicidality, and other mental illnesses.

It discusses how Craig Kramer’s personal experience with his daughter ‘s attempted suicide showed him the sorry state of affairs for eating disorder patients in terms of diagnosis, prognosis, inadequate insurance coverage, and beyond.
How, through his efforts and the efforts of other Johnson & Johnson leaders, the J&J Global Campaign for Mental Health was initiated as a part of Neuroscience External Affairs at Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

AWIS-NJ Science & Policy Panel 101

Science Policy 101
An event designed for science professionals. Understand how and why your participation is essential for shaping good science policy decisions. Science policy is a category of policymaking focusing on policies affecting the conduct of the science and research enterprise, including the funding of science. It also refers to the act of applying scientific knowledge and consensus to the development of public policies. 
Rush D. Holt, PhD., chief executive officer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a 16 year member of the US House of Representatives says  “The scientific community must play a role in advocating for policies that remove barriers and connect scientists. Fortunately, many in the scientific community are already working together to do just that.”
Use registration link to get additional information about the panelists.

AWIS_CJC at 14th annual conference for young women in STEM at Princeton University

AWIS_CJC supported the annual conference for young women in STEM, an initiative by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Beyond the leadership representation as speakers, AWIS_CJC exhibitor booth introduced close to 500 young female attendees to “AWIS_CJC Annual High School STEM Scholarships” and “AWIS_CJC adopt a river Project.”

The Young Women’s Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics introduces middle-school and high-school aged girls (in 7th though 10th grades) to women scientists and engineers and the wide breadth of careers available to them in these fields.

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Jeiven Pharmaceuticals, AWIS-CJC & Rutgers PSM joint Clinical research event.

Based on a successful event last year,we have again brought together highly experienced panel members to highlight strategies for planning a career in clinical research. Options will be presented for new people planning to enter this field, for professionals looking for career transitions as well as career enhancement options for members already engaged in this profession.  

Panel members include:

Directors of the Professional Science Masters (PSM) program, Rutgers

Marty Jeiven, President  Jeiven Pharmaceutical Consulting, Inc., President for AdiraMedica LLC

Carolyn Benslimane, Recruiter,   Valesta Clinical Solutions a division of On Assignment

Nazish Irfanul Huq, Associate Director of Clinical Development, Shionogi Inc.

Human Resources Expert Panel

Clinical Research Expert Panel

Dinner, coffee and snacks  will be served. Registration is FREE, but will help us to better plan the event.