I would like to formally thank and recognize the following WIST members for their years of service on the Steering Committee and all their continued efforts to advocate for women at the laboratory and beyond. I look forward to continuing to work with them on WIST’s future initiatives!
I would also like to welcome the following new Steering Committee members, who will start their terms in January 2022!
Each of the 11 audio recordings is a short conversation between a pair of Argonne community members. Hear women talk about their experiences as STEM professionals; Spectrum co-chairs reflect on diversity and inclusion at Argonne; or scientists chat about battery breakthroughs and reducing nuclear proliferation risk.
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.
WIST Program Initiator
WHEN: Thursday, July 22, 2021
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. CDT WHERE: Zoom
Register via Microsoft Forms for Link.
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was held on Thursday, February 18, 2021 virtually for 78 eighth grade girls to introduce them to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) careers. The event overall was a large success. In addition to the eighth-grade girls, we had 23 mentors engaged throughout the day to assist with questions and keep the girls involved throughout the day. The schedule of the day is below.
The goal of the day is to immerse the girls in discussion and topics on various careers and opportunities that are available to them either through school or career paths such as internships as well as to provide them guidance and mentorship about persevering through biases and doubt of themselves to achieve their own greatness.
While the event atmosphere was different not being in person, the program did not disappoint. There is nothing better than receiving positive notes after an event that reaps the benefits of the hard work that was put into this large shift of in-person to virtual event. Here is what some of the guardians of these young women sent to us after the event,
“Thank you both for offering this program. My daughter attended today’s event and couldn’t stop talking about all the speakers! The excitement she expressed is awesome and I am so appreciative of all your hard work!!!”
“Thank you, Amanda & Caitlyn, for putting on this event. [She] had a great time!”
“The Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day was a wonderful experience… She really enjoyed and learned a lot from it! I’ll keep an eye on other programs that will come up for her to attend!!”
“I just wanted to share how much I truly appreciated this program as a parent. My daughter who has long expressed an interest in engineering, spoke about this event with so much interest, energy and enthusiasm, which is definitely not something we usually experience with her. Additionally, she came away with an invaluable idea of many different facets that comprise engineering.”
In short, IGED is a day that will forever be an amazing day in the eyes of these young STEAM women. We as co-chairs would like to thank the steering committee who spent countless hours over the last several months working to make this virtual IGED day a success. We also want to thank the mentors and the support staff who took time out of their day to provide each girl a direct line of communication with a scientist, technologist, engineer, artist, or mathematician. Thank you to our speakers throughout the day who provided their encouraging words. Finally, thank you to all the girls who joined us in person and to all those that joined us live on Facebook Live. If you weren’t able to join us, please feel free to re-watch here.
Celebrate Women and Girls in Science on February 11! While Science and Gender Equality are vital for the achievement of global sustainable development goals, today less than 30 percent of researchers worldwide are women. The United Nations (UN) is leading the charge by declaring February 11, 2021 as the sixth International Day of Women and Girls in Science.† International days are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. Leading Argonne National Laboratory’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an autonomous international organization within the United Nations system, Programs in the Strategic Security Sciences Division allows me to encounter the widespread efforts to increase the participation of women in science. The future in STEM depends on our ability to successfully engage and amplify voices cross-culturally.
So today, I encourage you to take time out of your day and take action. Here are simple ways to support women and girls in science:
Send an email/call/text/social media post to recognize a woman in science who is achieving, innovating and researching
Say yes to her request, participate in her panel, prioritize her request, or offer her an opportunity
Advocate for practices and 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 #WomenInScience.
About Sunaree Hamilton
Sunaree Hamilton provides leadership for Argonne National Laboratory’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Programs. Activities organized under her leadership in cooperation with the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme provide support for the transfer of nuclear science, technology and applications for peaceful uses and the achievement of the sustainable development in the international community.