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Professional Societies and Organizations

Professional Societies and Organizations

The scientific community is replete with professional societies that offer networking, funding, publishing, and other opportunities. Please note: information presented from scientific societies is not endorsed by, nor does it represent the views of, the NIH.

  • The Association of American Medical Colleges supports the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by its member institutions. Within in the AAMC, the Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIS) advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.

  • The mission of Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges (AAVMC) provides leadership for and promotes excellence in academic veterinary medicine. Within the AAVMC, the DiVersity Matters group conducts career fairs, disseminates information about veterinary career options, works to generate interest in veterinary medicine, presents at key diversity meetings and conferences, and helps lead students through the application process.

  • The mission of the American Medical Association (AMA) is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Within the AMA, the Women Physicians Section (WPS) aims to increase the number and influence of women physicians in leadership roles and to advocate for and advance the understanding of women's health issues.

  • The American Society for Cell Biology is dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development, and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce. Within the ACSB, the Women in Cell Biology (WICB) Committee provides year- round to provide career support and advice. They publish the guide Career Advice for Life Scientists with advice on communication, teaching, learning, management, leadership, underrepresentation, tenure, parenthood, and more.

  • The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) is the world's largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. They provide a Career Portal with information about jobs and careers in microbiology for microbiologists at all levels. They also have Career Connections, a microbiology job portal.

  • The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) champions the interests of women in science, technology engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential.

  • COACh is a grass-roots organization that is working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies. Membership is free and open to anyone who shares its passion for building capacity in STEM fields around the world.

  • The Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine is a standing committee in the Policy and Global Affairs division of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Its mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science, engineering, and medicine.

  • The International center for Executive Leadership in Academics at Drexel University works to increase the number and impact of women in academic leadership positions through two innovative programs:

  • The International Society for Computational Biology is a scholarly society for advancing understanding of living systems through computation and for communicating scientific advances worldwide. The society has developed innovative approaches to support women in computational biology.

  • The Leadership Lab for Women in STEM is an immersive 8-day experience grounded in Case Western Weatherhead School of Management research. The Leadership Lab faculty incorporate the concepts of women in leadership, emotional intelligence, and competency-based leadership development into a professional development curriculum specifically geared toward helping women thrive in STEM professions.

  • The New York Stem Cell Foundation launched an Initiative on Women in Science and Engineering (IWISE) to bring together the brightest, most enthusiastic minds in the field, to determine a course of action to correct the gender imbalance in science, medicine, and engineering.

  • The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is committed to the continued advancement of Women in Neuroscience. The Society provides opportunities to highlight the scientific excellence of women neuroscientists, address the challenges women may confront in academic and other professional settings, educate about and overcome gender-bias, and advance training opportunities for women.

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This page last updated: August 31, 2016

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