Fall 2019 Events

eBoard Meetings

Thursday, Oct 24, 5:30pm in Snell Engineering 200
Tuesday, Oct 29, 5:30pm in Curry 346
week of Nov 4th, no meeting
Tuesday, Nov 12, 5:30pm in Curry 346
Thursday, Nov 21, 5:30pm in Snell Engineering 200
Tuesday, Nov 26, 5:30pm in Curry 346
Thursday, Dec 5, 5:30pm in Snell Engineering 200
Tuesday, Dec 10, 5:30pm in Snell Engineering 200
Thursday, Dec 19, 5:30pm in Snell Engineering 200

Community Events:

Women in Science coloring: Wednesday October 30, 11:00 AM – 1 PM, Egan 206: have fun and enjoy pizza while coloring some women in science themed figures!
“Meet and Sweet” Dessert Party : following the concept of the Dessert Potluck Come and bring a bag of desserts (~ one dozen) to share. Please sign up here
When and Where: Thursday November 21, 11:00 AM – 1 PM, Egan 206
We will provide tea and hot cocoa, cupcakes and plates/napkins. Please BYO mug!


Embroidery with GWiSE: Have you seen the rise in fiber arts used for women’s rights activism? Community Co-Chair Kris has in articles like this, this and this. She wanted to learn a new skill with her GWiSE pals!
Join GWiSE for a private embroidery lesson on Tuesday, November 5th from 6 – 8PM at Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville. The lesson is from 6:15-7:15 and is taught by Emily Tirella owner of Make & Mend, a second hand crafting store at Bow Market in Somerville. Check out her work on etsy , online, on instagram. Even her store online and on instagram!
Get tickets for embroidery here ($20).
There are only 16 spots available so secure your seat today! Thank you for joining us off campus for some community building as well as supporting a local woman owned and operated business.
Remember the event is at Aeronaut Brewery in Somerville on Tuesday, November 5th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Stick around after for indie trivia at 8 PM or purchase another embroidery kit for $12 so you can get a head start on your first complete project.

Three Minute Thesis: Tuesday November 19th, 2-4pm; in Snell 090 Register to present: here Registration deadline: Nov 5th at midnight



GWISE Annual Cookie Decorating Social on Tue. 12/11
Come over to create the most beautiful holiday cookie, have a chat with friends, and take a break before finals.
We will provide cookies, frosting, and hot beverages.
Feel free to stop by at your convenience between 2:30 and 4:30PM.
What: Annual Cookie Decorating Social
When: Tuesday, December 11th, 2:30PM – 4:30PM
Where: Curry Student Center 318
Why should you come? Decorate and enjoy your holiday cookie in delightful company!
Third Community time on Mon. 11/19
We have decided to move our third community time to Monday, November 19th.
We will not hold community on Monday, November 11th (Veterans Day).
Data Science at Wayfair on Wed. 11/14
We are inviting you to a session on Data Science at Wayfair on Wednesday, November 14th, 5-6PM in Curry Student Center 340.
The event is organized in collaboration with the INFORMS Student Chapter at Northeastern University.
The panel will present the  Wayfair Data Science team and opportunities for students, and you will have time to share with them during the Q&A session.
Hannah Rebecchi
Data Science Campus Recruiter
Hannah received her MBA from Northeastern University and has spent the last 7 years in the HR and Talent Acquisition field both with Apple and Keurig Green Mountain. Most recently Hannah joined Wayfair to build out their strategy to attract top talent at the PhD level for their ever-growing Data Science team. Although she is not a Data Scientist, Hannah has enjoyed learning all the ways Data Science impacts not only the work done at Wayfair, but within other industries as well through all of the interesting PhD students she has crossed passed with so far since taking on this new venture!
Joyce Yang
Data Scientist
Joyce loves solving problems strategically and quantitatively. Joyce is a physicist turned data scientist, who received her Bachelor’s and PhD degrees both in theoretical physics. She enjoys using physics methodology to unveil the secrets buried under complex data sets.
What: Data Science at Wayfair
When: Wed. 11/14, 5:00-6:00PM
Where: Curry Student Center 340
Why should you come? Learn about opportunities at Wayfair, and ask your questions about working in data science!
Three Minute Thesis Competition on 10/16
We are excited to announce our second Three Minute Thesis competition, on Tuesday, October 16th, 11AM-1PM, organized in collaboration with the Snell Library.
The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes, with one static slide.
The winners will get amazing prizes by library, including a guest appearance on the What’s New podcast for the top 3 finishers, credit to the 3D printing studio ($100 for first place, and $50 for second place), as well as gift cards to local businesses.
If you wish to present your doctoral work, you will need to submit an abstract of your thesis (250-300 words).
The abstract submission deadline is on Monday, October 1st, at midnight.
All graduate students are welcome, and you can sign in as an audience member if you do not wish to present your research.
Free pizza will be served.
What: Three Minute Thesis with GWISE
When:  Tuesday, October 16th, 11AM-1PM
Where:  Snell Library, room 90
Why should you participate? Exciting opportunity to practice presenting your research and to win amazing prizes!

What would you do? Workplace Conflict and Title IX Session

Date: Friday October 5th, noon to 1:30pm

Location: Curry 346

Free Pizza!

Description: Come educate yourself about Title IX and other workplace issues. The format of the event will be a discussion about various situations students may ago through and how to best deal with them. Northeastern’s Office for University Equity and Compliance will be present to help us better understand how they can help for Title IX related issues and we will also discuss where to go for other problems we may be faced with. This will be an inactivate event so attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions and get more familiar will the topics covered.


First session of our monthly community series on 9/10

We are excited to launch the first edition of our community time series on Monday, September 10th, 4:30PM-5:30PM in 344 Curry Student Center.
In order to strengthen the bonds in our GWISE community, we are inviting all our members to join us once a month over hot cocoa, tea, cookies and other delicious refreshments.
We would love to get to know you better! 
Whether you are a new student looking for advice, or a soon-to-graduate student longing for a break from your dissertation, you are welcome.
Feel free to come over and meet other members, tell us about you, share your experience or concerns as a graduate student, or just chat over a cup of coffee!
What:  GWISE community time
When:  First gathering on Mon. 9/10, 4:30-5:30, then once a month
Where:  344 Curry Student Center
Why should you come? Come for the snacks and stay for the company 🙂
We are looking forward to meeting you in person.

Career event with Systems & Technology Research on Thur. 9/13

We are excited to announce our first professional development event of the semester, in collaboration with Systems & Technology Research, on Thursday, September 13th, 5PM-6:30PM in Egan 306.
Dr. Laura Vertatschitsch and Ms. Leah Weiner from STR Research will be present to share career advice and discuss opportunities at STR with you.
The event is open to all graduate students, and we will provide free pizza!
STR is actively recruiting citizens only, but the panel is relevant to everyone.
Kindly RSVP with this link.
What: Professional development event with Systems & Technology Research
When: Thursday, September 13th, 5-6:30PM
Where: Egan 306
Why should you come?  Amazing speakers, career development, free pizza!
More on STR and the panel:
STR is a privately-owned, rapidly growing business focused on research and development for the defense and intelligence communities, and headquartered in Woburn, MA.  STR has approximately 200 employees at sites in Woburn, MA, Dayton, OH and Arlington, VA. STR is a nationally recognized leader in research areas including data analytics, sensors and signal processing, electronic warfare, cyber, video and image understanding, command and control, and precision navigation.  Several programs have transitioned advanced technology to military and intelligence users.  While their primary focus is on serving US Government customers, they are pursuing commercial applications as well. More information on STR may be found on their website.
Dr. Laura Vertatschitsch is a Senior Researcher at Systems & Technology Research (STR).  She is a radar systems expert with experience and publications in the fields of numerical modeling of ionospheric scattering phenomenon, wideband digital signal processing, and digital receiver instrumentation for radar and astrophysics applications.  During her Ph.D. she (University of Washington, Department of Electrical Engineering) developed a passive radar system that leverages over-the-air digital TV broadcast for aircraft detection.  During her postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics she developed and deployed wideband digital receiver systems for the Event Horizon Telescope, a global distribution of sub-mm radio telescopes poised to make the first radio image of a black hole.  At STR, Dr. Vertatschitsch continues to deepen her expertise through system design, control, and signal processing for distributed, multi-function sensors.
Ms. Leah Weiner is a member of the technical staff in the Intelligence, Tools and Applications group at Systems & Technology Research where she does research in developing machine learning algorithms. She received her BS degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from McGill University, and her MA in Computer Science from Brown University. While at Brown, Ms. Weiner studied machine learning with a focus on Bayesian nonparametrics. She also spent two years as a researcher at MIT Lincoln Laboratory where she focused on network analysis and computer vision. Her current research interests lie in algorithm development and machine learning.

Tie-Dye Barbecue/Summer Social

We are excited to announce our Tie-Dye/Barbecue summer social, on Tuesday, August 14th, 12-2PM.
Last year’s tie-dye event was a success, and we hope to meet even more new members this summer!
Join us on Robinson Quad to meet our members, learn about our activities, tie-dye a free T-shirt and enjoy delicious burgers (vegetarian options will be provided).
Kindly RSVP with this link.
What: Tie-Dye/Barbecue summer social
When:  Tuesday, August 14th, 12-2PM
Where: Robinson Quad
Why should you sign up? Free food, free DIY T-shirt, and delightful company!


We will hold our general meeting and elections for the academic year 2018-2019 on Thursday, May 31st, 5PM-6PM, in 333 CSC.
We have been expanding rapidly over the last year, and we would love to recruit new blood in our community!
We will elect our President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary, as well as chairs for the following committees: Media & communications, Finance & fundraising, Community, Outreach, Professional DevelopmentGWISE Liaisons and Operations Committee.
Please find more details about the different positions and committees in this document: Elected Positions.
People interested in open positions can nominate themselves with this link.
If you cannot make it to elections, send in your statement and we will vote even if you are not present. E-Board nominees should be here for the summer (at least for after July).
If you are interested in a low-time commitment or introductory position, you should join a committee!

Outreach events

Outreach volunteer training workshop
What: Join the Center for STEM Education for a volunteer training workshop. Training is required for future participation in Center for STEM Education outreach events. At this workshop, you will discuss what it means to be a volunteer, receive a quick training session, have a feedback discussion, brainstorm some new activities, and complete necessary forms.
Sign up: here.
When: Tuesday, February 27th, 10AM -12:30PM
Where: NEU – Shillman 335
Center for STEM Education event calendar: here

Girls’ Day @ the MIT Museum
What: Girls’ Day is not only for girls, but the goal is to celebrate women scientists, and show (and inspire) diversity in the sciences. GWISE will be hosting a hands on activity exploring Earth & Environmental Sciences.
Sign up: Here
When: Saturday, March 10th from 12 – 4 pm
Where:  MIT Museum

Girl Scouts STEM Conference & Expo
What:  Girls in grades 6 to 12 will have the chance to be inspired by local STEM women leading in their fields, participate in hands-on experiments, and meet with representatives from top local universities and businesses that specialize in STEM. GWISE will be hosting a hands-on activity booth.
Sign up:Here
When: Sun. March 18, 3PM – 5PM
Where:  Sheraton Framingham Hotel

SET in the City
What: Science Technology Engineering in the City is an event for young women grades 9 -12 to participate in hands-on science activities, meet with women working in Science, Engineering and Technology and find out about cutting-edge research. GWISE will be hosting a lunch and hands -on activity for about 25 highschool girls.
Sign up: Here
When: Saturday, April 7, 11:30am -2pm
Where:  NEU

What: Imagine, discover, and explore a world that’s too small to see. NanoDays is a museum-wide celebration of nanoscale and quantum science. Every year, GWISE members volunteer to help run hands-on activities.
First time volunteers must complete a Sharing Science Workshop prior to NanoDay
Sharing Science Workshops:
Thursday, March 15th – 4-6pm @ MIT Duboc 4-331
Wednesday, March 28th – 12-2pm @ Harvard McKay 203
Sign up: here
When: Saturday, April 7, 10:30am -3:30pm
Where:  Museum of Science, Boston


Resume Lightning Round on Mon. 3/5

Are you still looking for an internship, and trying to impress recruiters with your resume?
Come to our 5th annual Resume Lightning Round and network with faculty, professors, and industry professionals from around the Boston area.
They will give you recommendations on how to tailor your resume for the job, internship, or fellowship application you have been considering.
Refreshments will be provided, semi-formal/business casual attire is recommended.
The event is open to all graduate students. Kindly RSVP here.
WhatGWISE 5th Annual Resume Lightning Round
WhenMonday, March 5th, 5:30PM – 8:00PM
Where: McLeod Suites, CSC 318-320-322

Introductory Julia tutorial on Mon. 2/19

Join us for an introductory Julia tutorial, followed by a hands-on session that will get you coding in Julia.
The level of the tutorial will be introductory and it should be accessible to scientists, engineers, and anyone else with technical computing needs, not just those who think of themselves as programmers.
The event is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.
Kindly RSVP here so we can place an informed order for pizza.
What: Julia workshop with Julia Computing
When: Mon. February 19th, 2PM-5PM
Where: 333 Curry Student Center

Negotiating your First Job Offer

with special guest Ashley Paré of Founder of Own Your Worth, LLC
in collaboration with ChemE GSC
 In this workshop, you will learn the keys to negotiating your first job offer, such as identifying your target salary, understanding the wage gap, overcoming the fear of asking, and practicing negotiation skills.
 Ashley Paré is the Founder of Own Your Worth, LLC, on a mission to break glass ceilings through career negotiation. As a Negotiation and Career Coach, Speaker and corporate workshop Facilitator, Ashley is passionate about equal pay and women’s advancement in the workforce. She has over 12 years experience in corporate HR and extensive experience in coaching highly motivated leaders in technology, finance, marketing and startups. Ashley coaches private clients and consults with organizations to create and implement fair pay and women’s leadership advancement programs. In addition, Ashley is a Lean In Circle leader and facilitates for the AAUW Work Smart program in the city initiative to close the gender pay gap.
The workshop is open to all graduate students, and we will provide free pizza.
When: Fri. January, 26th, 11:45AM-1:15PM
Where: 101 Churchill Hall

Leadership Framework Workshop

Welcome back to an exciting new semester!
We are starting the year with a Leadership Development workshop, with special guest Steve McGonagle of the Gordon Institute of Engineering Leadership.
In this interactive workshop we will discuss leadership vs. management, what makes a good leader, and how to use your own core values to be successful professionally and personally.
The event will take place  on Wednesday, January 17th, 11:30AM-12:30PM in Stearns 415.
The workshop is open to all graduate students, and we will provide free pizza.

Cookie decorating Social

To help you with the final stretch of the semester, we will host our annual cookie decorating event on Tuesday, December 12th.
We will provide biscuits, frosting and hot beverages.
Bring your captivating conversation, meet new friends, and create the cookie of your dreams!
We will host the event over the afternoon, feel free to stop by at your convenience.

Self defense class

We are excited to announce our R.A.D. self-defense class on Wednesday, October 11th, 5:30PM-8PM in Kariotis Hall 202.
The event is organized in collaboration with N.U. Police Department and will be taught by trained and certified R.A.D. instructors.

GWISE Travel Awardees

Our GWISE Travel Award for outstanding graduate students is dedicated to the advancement of graduate students in STEM fields.
GWISE strives to promote the equality and acknowledgement of women in STEM fields. The purpose of this award is to enable students to present their work at scientific conferences to gain exposure to exciting fields and well-respected researchers. In addition, we encourage all awardees to serve as ambassadors to increase the visibility and influence of women in STEM.

Congratulations to the three winners of the award!

Geanna Flavetta (CEE)

Alice Peiying Wang (CEE)

Mary “Lizzy” Warner (CEE)

General Member Meeting


We will have our General Member Meeting on Tuesday, September 26th, at 3PM in 333 Curry Student Center.
If you want to get involved in future events, participate in Outreach with local Boston area students and figure out what we do, come join us!
In the past year, GWISE volunteers have participated in several outreach opportunities around Boston. Some of our favorite events were the Girl Scout STEM Conference and Expo, where we built small motors with young female scientists, and NanoDays at the Museum of Science, where we led activities in nanoscale science and engineering for kids at the museum.

What: GWISE General Member Meeting
When: Sept 26th, 3:00PM
Where: Curry Student Center 333

Ice Cream Social


The semester is starting soon and we have a special event for you!

On Thursday, September 21th, 12:30-2:30PM, we will be hosting our 3rd Annual Ice Cream Social on Robinson Quad.
We will be making fresh, homemade ice cream with liquid nitrogen complete with toppings, bowls and spoons!
The event is open to all graduate students.
Bring your lunch if you wish, come with your friends and lab-mates, enjoy our ice cream and meet new people!
What: Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
When: Sept 16th, 12:30-2:30PM
Where: Robinson Quad

3 Min Thesis Competition


The 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD students to describe their research within three minutes, with one static slide.
Congratulations to the winners!
1) Prabarna Ganguly
2) Ashkan Ghanbarzadeh Dagheyan
3) Jorieke Weiden
4) Marissa Dreyer

Movie Night

Join us for a screening of Hidden Figures, and enjoy pizza from Otto’s!

When: June 28th 2017, 6PM-9PM

Where: West Village F020

Tie-Dye Event

Join GWISE to tie-dye a free T-shirt!

When : JUNE 20 2017, 1PM-4PM

Location : Robinson Quad

First Year Panel and Welcome Mixer

September 15, 2015

Curry Student Center Roof Deck Terrace (rain location: 346 Curry Student Center), 4-6pm

Calling all new graduate students! During the first hour, we will have a panel of experienced graduate students from different colleges speaking about classes, selecting an advisor, work-life balance, living in Boston, and anything else you have questions about!

During the second hour, we invite all GWISE members to come socialize and enjoy some pizza.

Library Skills Workshop

September 24, 2015

422 Snell Library, 2-3pm

Join GWISE and Northeastern librarians for a Library Skills Session! This event is especially valuable for new and current graduate students. Attendees will be exposed to research resources available at Northeastern, including online, in-person, and software resources like EndNote and Mendeley.

Volunteering at John Ward Elementary School

Starting September 16, 2015 and continues every other Wednesday

John Ward Elementary School, 3:30-4:45pm

Come out with GWISE and volunteer at the after school program at John Ward Elementary school in Newton! We will be leading exciting science and engineering projects for 6-8 year olds every other Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 to 4:45 for the fall semester. Get kids excited about science!

UNO’s Pizzeria and Grill Fundraiser

June 4, 2015 – All Day!

Uno’s Pizzeria & Grill

280 Huntington Ave

Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) of Northeastern University thanks you for eating at UNO’s Pizzeria and Grill for our Summer Fundraiser! We raised $208 to go towards a scholarship fund for our members! The scholarship fund will be a travel award for our members to attend and present their research at conferences.

GWISE Events 01/2013- 05/2015

GWISE Officer Elections
Call for GWISE Executive board nominations
Tuesday, April 1st,
Curry Student Center

Resume/CV Speed Dating
Wednesday, April 8th, 5:30-7:30 pm
Curry Student Center Ballroom

Science Club for Girls Lab Tours
Thursday, April 30th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Campus wide

Call for MSSEF Mass Science Fair Judges
May 1-2, 2015
MIT gymnasium

Building Bridges Call for engineering volunteers
April 17, 2015
Northeastern Univ.

sheLEADS Life in the Fast Lane: Advice from Women Who Are Crushing It!
Tuesday, April 7 from 5:30 – 7:00
2nd floor of Stearns

RE-SEED Program Conference
Wednesday, April 22nd from about 1 – 3 pm
Campus wide

Library Resource Information Session

Librarians who specialize in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields from Northeastern’s library presented on the different resources available for graduate students.

What: Library Resource Information Session
When: January 29th 2-3PM
Where: 422 Snell Library

GWISE Holiday Social and Cookie Decorating Party

We ended the semester with a bang and celebrated getting back the sleep we lost over the Fall semester with a Holiday Social and cookie decorating party.
Cookies, sprinkles and colored icing kept everyone in good cheer!

What: GWISE Holiday Social and Cookie Decoration Party
When: December 12th from 1:00 – 3:00
Where: 333 Curry Student Center

Tea and Talk with Dean Carla Brodley

Our very first ‘Tea and Talk’ seminar was celebrated with Dean Brodley! The event was an informal look into the life of a great woman, I’m sure many of us will remember her advice and life experiences for years to come.

What: Tea and Talk with Carla Brodley
When: December 1, 2014 at 12:30PM
Where: 333 Curry Student Center

Women In Engineering Leadership Reception
Co-hosted by the Society of Women Engineers
October 7th 5:30-7:15PM Alumni Center, RSVP Required

How Innovation and Technology are Business Game Changers

Women Who Inspire Series
September 18th 5-8PM Alumni Center
RSVP Required ($10): http://attend.com/WomenwhoInspire918

NSF GRFP Workshop
September 9th 6-7PM Raytheon Amphitheater
Hosted by the Office of Fellowships
There is still time to sign up for peer review circles!

GWISE Ice Cream Social and Elections
September 16th 3-4PM 333 CSC
Check out our new E-board!

01/31/2013 Library Resource Information Session
Librarians who specialize in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields from Northeastern’s library presented on the different resources available.

03/19/2013 First Annual Resume/CV “Speed Dating” Event
Our annual Resume “speed dating” event brings reviewers from academia and industry to review attendees’ resumes or CVs. Several industry contacts that participated were made at the Reverse Career fair hosted by Northeastern’s Career Development. Attendees will have about five minutes with a reviewer before switching, “Speed Dating” style. The event is co-sponsored by ADVANCE at Northeastern and features a catered dinner.

04/22/2013 Deadline for GWISE Logo Design Competition
Winner was selected by the E-board and received a $25 Amazon gift card. The winning Logo is now present on all of our advertising materials, Facebook page, OrgSync page, in our email signature, and pictured below.

05/01/2013 Informal Social Event
GWISE met informally for an end of the semester gathering to socialize and speak to members about future events and suggestions.

09/10/2013 Ice Cream Social
GWISE hosted an ice cream social. We elected officers for the 2013-2014 academic year and polled attendees on their interest levels for our proposed events and volunteer activities.

10/23/2013 Oral Presentation Skills Workshop
This event was the first of a two part presentation skills series (to be paired with a poster workshop in the spring semester). Professor Alan Zaremba from Communication Studies and Diane Ciarletta from Career Services gave 20-minute presentations on effective oral presentations. Professor Zaremba presented on general techniques and common mistakes of presenters, while Mrs. Ciarletta focused on scientific presentations.

12/03/2013 Science Club for Girls Sister Circles
GWISE has partnered with Science Club for Girls to participate in their “Sister Circles” once a semester. GWISE arranged tours of three research labs for 10-15 8th-12th-grade girls from local Boston schools. Then, we had a panel discussion with GWISE members where the girls asked questions on topics including college admissions, graduate school, research, personal life, etc.

12/13/2013 Northeastern’s Center for STEM Education STEM field trip
8th grade students from Curley School in Jamaica Plain attended a field trip to Northeastern with activities on water pollution, oil spills, and overfishing. Some GWISE members volunteered for various amounts of time during the 10am-2PM field trip.

02/04/2014 MathWorks Hosts Pizza Lunch and Networking
Mathworks hosted a pizza lunch and presented on positions in their company and some of the projects they work on (i.e. robotics competition using their software). Then, there was time for networking with their representatives and among the attendees.

03/01/2014 Boston Citywide Science Fair (Region VI)
The Center for STEM Education hosted a science fair at Northeastern’s Cabot Center. GWISE members participated in judging, and set up a table with a grip strength demonstrations for all the participants to enjoy.

03/04/2014 Poster Presentation Skills Workshop
This was the second part of the presentation skills series. Professor Bridget Smyser presented on effective poster presentations, just in time for NU:RISE.

03/31/2014 Second Annual Resume/CV “Speed Dating” Event
See above for event description. This year’s event was co-sponsored by ADVANCE, the College of Science and the College of Engineering.

04/22/2014 Science Club for Girls “Sister Circles”
See above for event description.