Events from Fall Semester 2020: WSTEM Networking Event

The Princeton Women in STEM Leadership Council hosted Professional Networking Event for Graduate Women to develop mentorship networks for graduate women in STEM! The goal of the event was to introduce graduate women to female faculty and postdocs in their department and other STEM departments, highlighting women at higher levels of academia in STEM fields that could provide graduate school advice and possibly serve as mentors.

Upward Mobility, Ethical Costs, and Inclusive Teaching: A Two-Part Conversation for Graduate Students (Part 1)

On Friday, January 22, the Women in STEM Leadership Council hosted a presentation by Dr. Jennifer Morton ’02 (UNC Chapel Hill) as Part 1 of our January/February event on inclusive teaching. In discussing her recent book, Moving Up Without Losing Your Way: The Ethical Costs of Upward Mobility (Princeton University Press, 2019), Dr. Morton highlighted the ethical and emotional costs paid by “strivers”—students from disadvantaged backgrounds seeking upward mobility through college education—and urged us as educators to take part in constructing a new narrative of upward mobility that contends honestly with such costs in historical and economic contexts, thereby empowering strivers to make informed decisions. The engaging presentation was followed by a robust Q&A with the over 60 graduate students in attendance.

We look forward to continuing the conversation in Part 2 of our event on February 5.

We thank the Access, Diversity, and Inclusion team at the Graduate School for generously providing copies of Dr. Morton’s book to our attendees.

Professional Networking Event for Graduate Women

The Women in STEM Leadership Council hosted the Professional Networking Event for Graduate Women on November 26th (4-6pm) to develop mentorship networks for graduate women in STEM departments at Princeton. Our goal was to introduce first year and second year graduate women to female faculty and postdocs in their department and other STEM departments, highlighting women at higher levels of academia in STEM fields that can provide graduate school advice and possibly serve as mentors for these students. The event was a huge success, with thirty-two first and second year STEM graduate students from across twelve departments and programs in attendance. We hope that this event, the first of its kind to our knowledge to be held at Princeton, will pave the way for future conversations about mentorship and more events targeted at developing mentorship networks for women within and across STEM departments.  This event could not have been held without support from Princeton’s Psychology Department, Campus Life, and the Graduate School’s Professional Development Initiatives.

What is a PhD worth?

This April we (in partnership with Princeton Career Services, ADI @ the Graduate School, and the GSG Events Board) held a panel on non-academic career paths possible with a PhD from Princeton. We brought recent Princeton PhD alumnae in the fields of Data Science, Government and Policy, Science Communication, Quantitative Research, and Finance to answer questions on applying for jobs and transitioning out of academia. Almost fifty PhD students attended the event to learn more about careers in these fields.

Lead like a Girl Day 2019

Members (Rachel Connor, Gillian Kopp, Justine Atkins, and Zoe Volenec) attended Stuart County Day School’s 2019 Lead like a Girl Day on April 6th, 2019. They sat on a panel titled “Research Like a Girl: Graduate Women in STEM” and answered questions related to their paths to graduate school, how they overcame difficulties along the way, and how they created effective mentorship networks.

2018 Princeton University Climate Report Released

Our 2018 Climate Report on Gender Issues for Graduate Students at Princeton University has been completed and is now available online. We have sent the report out to select University administration and all department directors of graduate studies, and we are currently in the process of disseminating the report to all graduate students and remaining faculty. Our group has already met with University administration members from offices such as SHARE, Title IX, Office of the Provost, and the Graduate School to discuss the report results, and we plan to present the report at Princeton’s Research Day and meet with departmental women in STEM groups for further discussion.

Princeton University Climate Report

This summer we are writing up the results of our survey (administered to graduate students in spring 2018 to provide a quantitative assessment of gender issues faced by graduate students at Princeton University) into a report for University and department administration. This survey complements our 2015 Climate Report which solicited personal stories from women in STEM departments at Princeton regarding their experiences within their department climates. Be on the look out for our report (coming out this fall) !