Reflecting on Science Careers in Search of Women 2022

A message from the SCSW Co-Chairs, Lauren Boldon & Emily Zvolanek:

Science Careers in Search of Women (SCSW) was held virtually on Friday, April 29th for more than 110 high-school girls across the Chicagoland area. The goal of SCSW is to inspire young women to pursue careers in science, bringing them virtually to Argonne for a day of lectures, tours, career booth exhibits, and mentoring.

While the virtual atmosphere is different than in-person, the students remained engaged throughout the day and were excited to see the virtual tours and videos of the Materials Engineering Research Facility (MERF), Advanced Photon Source (APS), and EcoCar. Additionally, they were very interested in the experiences of the keynote speakers – Dr. Lori Ann Post, Director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine at Northwestern University, and Michelle Larson, President and CEO of Adler Planetarium.

The students connected with Argonne scientists in fields of interest to them via the career panels and career booths, as well as in small group sessions with scientists. Meanwhile, teachers were provided an opportunity to listen to lectures from Argonne scientists, as well as network and engage with each other in a parallel teacher panel.

SCSW could not have happened without the support of the broader Laboratory community, but WIST would especially like to thank the Organizing Committee, Career Panel and Booth presenters and moderators, and the small group session volunteers.

2022 SCSW Founders Award Recipient

Amanda Joyce Selected as the 2022 SCSW Founders Award Recipient

Amanda Joyce
Group Leader, Strategic Cybersecurity Analysis & Research
SSS Division 


Please join Argonne’s Women in Science & Technology (WIST) program in congratulating Amanda Joyce on being selected as the recipient of the 2022 Science Careers in Search of Women (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).

Amanda has been a part of the Argonne community for over 10 years, and throughout her time, she has continuously demonstrated her commitment to the advancement of women in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM fields) . She has been a member of the WIST community for many years and for the past three years, Amanda has served as Co-Chair for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGED); an event focused on inspiring 8th grade girls to consider a future in STEAM. Her outreach for this event included hundreds of girls across the U.S., especially with the latest versions taking place virtually due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Amanda’s positive energy is contagious, and her mentorship and leadership skills are invaluable in motivating girls and young women to pursue and persevere in STEAM careers. Through her extraordinary effort, Amanda models Argonne’s Core Values (Impact, Safety, Respect, Integrity, & Teamwork) and advances the mission of the WIST Program. Amanda, thank you for being an approachable role model to the future women leaders in STEAM.

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2022

Photo Credit: Argonne

“Imagine a gender equal world. A world free of bias, stereotypes and discrimination. A world that’s diverse, equitable, and inclusive. A world where difference is valued and celebrated. Together we can forge women’s equality. Collectively we can all #BreakTheBias.” —International Women’s Day (IWD) Organization

Be sure to strike the #BreaktheBias pose today!
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International Women & Girls in Science Day

February 11, 2022

A message from Sunaree Hamilton, the Women in Science and Technology (WIST) Co-Chair for Pipeline Development & Outreach:

As the Group Leader of Argonne National Laboratory’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programs in the Strategic Security Sciences Division, I have set program initiatives that encourage the participation of women in science. The future of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) requires the early education of girls as well as continued support for women throughout higher education and all career levels. 

Through the IAEA-Argonne training program, we have joined IAEA’s initiative to introduce and strengthen nuclear science and technology education in secondary schools. We have hosted three two-week nuclear science and technology training courses in 2018, 2019 and 2020 for 61 teachers (46% women) from 17 countries. The goal of the IAEA’s project was to educate at least one million students on the topic of nuclear science through teachers who attended trainings co-hosted by Argonne and other institutions across the world.

IAEA Programs at Argonne also encourages the participation of women as participants and speakers for IAEA Training Courses, as job candidates for IAEA Careers, as experts for IAEA events, and as fellows and hosts for IAEA Fellows. 

Today is a great opportunity for you to actively support women and girls in science and/or engage with organizations that advance women’s empowerment.

Click here for more information on the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. And join the conversation on social media with #February11.

Sunaree Hamilton, Ph.D.
Group Leader, IAEA Programs
WIST Co-chair for Pipeline Development & Outreach Subcommittee



WIST Public Steering Committee – July 22

Join Us!

Women in Science and Technology (WIST) would like you to join us at our next  Steering Committee meeting on Thursday, July 22, 2021 at 1:30pm-3:00pm. All Argonne staff are welcome.


Argonne’s Women in Science and Technology (WIST) program was created in 1990 to recruit, retain, and promote women in an effort to diversify and strengthen the Laboratory’s scientific workforce. The program aims to promote the success of women in scientific and technical positions at Argonne, and outside as well. Through WIST, the Laboratory strives to encourage and develop the full potential of women in science and technology.


J’Tia Hart
WIST Program Initiator

Meeting Details

WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 2021
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT
Register via Microsoft Forms for Link.

Please email  [email protected] for more information


1:30 Welcome

1:40 Committee Updates

  • In-reach
  • External Networking
  • Outreach

2:00  State of the Women Talk

2:20 Questions

2:30 SCSW Founder’s Award
In Memoriam Lisa Durham

2:45 Conclusion