Activities

  • Friday First Forum
    Focuses on matters of interest to WIST and the Argonne community.
  • SCSW Founders Award
    Established in 2007, this award honors individuals who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to mentoring women and to advancing women leadership and career opportunities in the sciences and engineering, because “the future depends on what we do in the present” (Gandhi).
  • Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED)
    Middle school girls from surrounding communities come to Argonne every year to participate in IGED. This event is held on the third Thursday in February each year, and is part of National Engineers Week. The focus of the day is to illustrate with interactive and hands-on presentations and tours the many aspects of engineering and how it can be a rewarding career for women. Students are paired with Argonne engineers and scientists who mentor them during the day and provide an opportunity for small-group conversation. Students also have an opportunity to meet like-minded peers, helping them to discover that their interest in science and engineering is shared by many other girls in their age group.
  • Science Careers in Search of Women (SCSW)
    High school women and their teachers and counselors from surrounding communities participate in SCSW. The emphasis is on exploring opportunities and options for women choosing a career in science and engineering. A major theme is the discussion of what life is like when pursuing scientific professions. In addition, information on employment trends and educational requirements is presented. Speakers and panelists come from a variety of scientific disciplines. Ample time is allowed for participants to meet the speakers and learn firsthand about the rewards for women in science. The next SCSW is scheduled for April 10, 2014.
  • Tours of the Women in Science and Technology program (TWIST)
    TWIST grew out of the laboratory facility tours offered to high school girls at the annual Science Careers in Search of Women Conference. TWIST tours provide everyone at the lab an opportunity to learn about the exciting research being done here and to network with staff across divisions.
  • A variety of workshops, seminar and lectures.

Additional activities supporting retention and promotion efforts include:

  • Networking and mentoring programs to nurture and support existing women staff
  • Career Development Seminar Series to identify and develop leadership capabilities of women staff
  • Periodic review of the status of women at the Laboratory to ensure equity in merit status and research opportunities