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. 


2017 AWIS New Jersey Women in STEM Mentoring Excellence Award.



 Association for Women in Science recognizes that mentoring impacts not only the direct beneficiaries, but also induces a ripple effect.  At our dean-littinaugural awarding event, meet these successful women panelists and hear their stories about how mentoring has impacted their professional growth.

Dr. Jacquelyn Litt is the recipient of 2017 Association for Women in Science, New Jersey Women in STEM Mentoring Excellence award.

Dr.Jacquelyn Litt is the Dean of Douglass Residential College and the Douglass Campus and Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology. Dr. Litt has a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching, and administrative service that focuses on women’s issues.She is a national expert on faculty mentoring and consults on mentoring program development around the country.

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


Lets Talk About The Thing Nobody Wants To Talk About

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Join us for a conversation with the team from Sustainable Health Enterprises (SHE), a social venture that invests in people and ideas that are typically overlooked (and often taboo) as vehicles of social and economic change. The United Nations has reported that only 43% of girls in developing nations attend secondary school, largely because of poor access to feminine hygiene products during their so-called “week of shame”. Availability of affordable feminine care products could make it easier for them to attend school and work.

SHE partnered with MIT, North Carolina State University, the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and former Kimberly Clark leaders to address this taboo subject with serious yet largely unspoken implications.


Brinda Wiita, 
Chief Operating Officer, Cognifem 
SHE Board of Directors

Brinda is a Neuroendocrinologist with extensive experience in healthcare R&D, technology licensing, and alliance management. Her research is focused on women’s health and behavior, with many publications on hormone therapy, mood, quality of life, osteoporosis, depression, vaginal infections, and libido. She has been a champion of improved diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting women, working with the National Osteoporosis Foundation, Kaiser Foundation, Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research, and the Mayo Clinic.In the pharmaceutical industry, Brinda held management positions in Clinical Research, Medical Affairs, Business Development and Global Strategic Planning at Glaxo SmithKilne, Solvay/ Abbvie, and Johnson and Johnson. She is currently is managing a technical and strategic consulting company, working with biotech startups, and volunteering with global women’s health nonprofit organizations. She still enjoys travel (3.5 million lifetime airline miles), sightseeing, hiking, and cooking.

Melissa Driver Beard Melisa Driver Beard
Executive Director, SHE
As Executive Director, Melissa leads business development, partnerships and strategic planning.  Before SHE, Melissa was the CEO of Engineering World Health and expanded the organization’s biomedical training programming by into East Africa, West Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central America over a period of two years.
Melissa developed her passion for work in the emerging markets as an economics and international studies double major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She then completed her graduate degree in public administration, concentrating in public health.  Melissa is an avid traveler, and has visited 43 countries to date.  Her son has been a constant travel companion and shares her love of the undiscovered.

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.”
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The Politics of Promotion

AWIS CJC and Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in Math, Science, and Engineering are pleased to host a book launch
“Politics of Promotion” by Bonnie Marcus, M.Ed., an award winning entrepreneur and Forbes and business insider contributing writer.

The winners of 20th annual AWIS-CJC High School STEM Scholarships will be announced.

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