WiSE-FPP Dinner Promotes Healthy Eating with Special Guest Dr. Sudha Raj

As 2019 draws to a close, WiSE hosted events promoting healthy eating as students head into the holidays and winter break.

On December 4, WiSE Future Professionals Program (WiSE-FPP) held its annual end-of-year dinner. This year’s program focused on how students could maintain a nutritionally balanced diet to enjoy optimal health. The special guest for the night was Dr. Sudha Raj, Teaching Professor in the Nutrition Science and Dietetics Program at Falk College.

During the program, students learned how food variety, balance, and moderation are key to eating healthy. Dr. Raj also provided a range of tips for students eating on a tight schedule and budget while meeting their nutritional needs. 

To find information about healthy eating, visit the The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’  website at (offsite).

Click here to learn more about Dr. Raj.

WiSE Postdoctoral Researcher Receives Young Scientist Award

Dr. Iwona Klonowska, a Research Associate in the Thermochronology and Tectonics group in the Department of Earth Sciences at Syracuse University was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2019 Jan Bergström Young Scientist Award. The Geological Society of Sweden annually presents this award to recognize young geoscientists who are making noteworthy research contributions.

“I am genuinely honored to have been awarded the Jan Bergström Young Scientist Award for 2019,” Dr. Klonowska said. “Being recognized by the geological community for the scientific input just two years after my dissertation makes me feel empowered. Such awards show that all the energy we put into our research does matter for science and society.”

Dr. Klonowska is a postdoctoral member of Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE). She attributes her opportunities and success to her mentors and network, and hopes that others can also benefit from opportunities in science fields.

Dr. Iwona Klonowska

“I was fortunate to have amazing mentors and create a diverse network early in my career; it has opened an exciting scientific path for me and enabled to be a postdoc here at Syracuse University,” she said. “I wish we can attract more young people to make scientific careers and give them an opportunity to work at any research institution around the world.”

Congratulations, Dr. Klonowska!

WiSE Women of Color in STEM on October 23

Event: WiSE Women of Color in STEM (WWoCS) – Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU)

Date/Time: Wednesday, October 23, 5:15-7:15 PM

Location: Noble Room, Hendricks Chapel

Registration: Click here for the registration form!

Join our expert panel on Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). You won’t want to miss this informative session! These research experiences are exciting opportunities and so beneficial!

Dinner included!

2019 WiSE-FPP Fall Welcome & Orientation

Women participate in WiSE-FPP welcome and orientation

On October 1, WiSE hosted its 2019 WiSE Future Professionals Program (WiSE-FPP) Fall Welcome & Orientation.

WiSE-FPP is a two-year professional development and support program for women pursuing masters and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The program facilitates career development and planning, through multiple workshops and events on topics such as career resiliency, productivity, and work-life balance.

The next WiSE-FPP event, on October 29, will discuss sexual harassment and gender discrimination.

To learn more about WiSE-FPP, please visit our WiSE-FPP page.

2019 WiSE Women of Color in STEM Fall Welcome

WiSE Women of Color in STEM group photo

WiSE kicked off its 2019-2020 WiSE Women of Color in STEM (WWoCS) program with a Fall Welcome event held on September 26. The event brought together Syracuse University students, graduate mentors, and faculty members for networking, discussions about the program, and community-building.

WWoCS offers a supportive and encouraging community that connects students with people and resources they need to succeed. The program hosts monthly sessions promoting personal and professional development, with the ultimate goal of empowering women of color in STEM fields.

The next WWoCS session, scheduled for October, 23, will introduce Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) and campus research. This session will foster understanding of the benefits of research experiences, and provide REU resources and application best practices.

Learn more about WWoCS and future events by visiting our WWoCS page.


WiSE Summer Research Program Promotes Professional Development

Photo of 2019 WiSE summer research participantsWiSE provides various programs for women in STEM to boost professional development. One of these is WiSE’s Undergraduate Summer Research program, which annually invites female undergraduate students to apply for and conduct funded research in Syracuse University faculty labs during the summer.

In 2019, there were 17 WiSE summer scholars who engaged in a number of activities, including working directly with a faculty mentor to develop and implement their research project, participating in several professional development activities organized by WiSE, and presenting their research findings during undergraduate research symposiums at the end of the program in August.

The scholars’ research represented a diverse range of topics, including: correlation of longevity and fecundity in drosophila, linguistic analysis of geotechnical faculty perspectives on effective collaboration and networking, the role of insulin signaling in primordial follicle formation and development in the mouse ovary, and remediation of acid rain with calcium treatment.

Two WiSE summer research scholars stand next to their posters       WiSE summer research scholar stands next to her poster        WiSE summer scholar presents her summer research poster

Kenzie Swanson, a WiSE summer scholar, took 2nd place for her research at the 2019 engineering symposium’s poster presentation in the General Sciences category. Her research project dealt with reducing the side effects of nausea and hypophagia in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

“This program has contributed to my professional development by helping me gain experience in a professional laboratory setting, which is incredibly useful as I am an aspiring physician scientist,” said Kenzie. “From this summer research experience, I learned much about synthesizing different compounds, different techniques in the lab, and how to use certain instruments.”

In addition to the hands-on learning experience of working in labs, program participants also found value in learning and applying research techniques, data analysis, poster development, and presentation and networking skills.

“My favorite part of the program was engaging with my peers through WiSE and sharing our similar experiences of being women in STEM or sharing progress on our individual projects,” said Simran Vinod Mirchandani, another 2019 WiSE summer scholar. “It was inspiring to hear my peers speak passionately about a wide array of research projects all taking place on campus.”

WiSE was founded in 1999 to support the recruitment, persistence, and advancement of women in STEM. For more information about WiSE programs and opportunities, please visit our Home page.