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Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) is a diverse and inclusive community that promotes equal opportunity and advancement for all women in support of world-class science.
  1. Brookhaven Women in Science

    Monday, March 16, 2009

    To increase Brookhaven National Laboratory's awareness of the accomplishments of women in science and to provide its members with role models of their own, Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) assists in the development of policies and practices which enhance the quality of life for Lab employees; promotes a long-term commitment to diversity in Lab staff; promotes the advancement of women in scientific and technical careers; provides a forum for the exchange of scientific, technical, and professional information; encourages students to consider careers in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology; and supports each other's efforts on the job, and encourages each other's successes.

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  1. APR



    Brookhaven Women In Science Speaker

    "The Exciting World of Molecules: An Image From Within Using Light Sources and Free Electron Lasers"

    Nora Berrah, University of Connecticut

    4 pm, Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

    Thursday, April 26, 2018, 4:00 pm

    Professor Berrah, chair of the University of Connecticut Physics Department, will take us on a fascinating voyage through the molecular world. All that surrounds us is ultimately made of atoms and molecules; these materials are not static—they are dynamic and move. Berrah uses x-rays from light sources and free electron lasers (FELs) to study how they move, why they move, and what it means to us. During her talk, she will share her recent studies on fullerenes, a molecule that may be used for drug delivery systems to the body, in lubricants, and as catalysts. Nora is the recipient of numerous awards. She recently received the Davisson-Germer Prize from the American Physical Society. Nora is also an active member of COACh, an organization that is working to increase the number of women scientists and engineers, and the success of their careers, through innovative programs and strategies. Coffee and cookies will be available at 3:30 p.m.

  2. MAY



    Brookhaven Women In Science Award Ceremony

    "Chasman Award Ceremony"

    11 am, Hamilton Seminar Room, Bldg. 555

    Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 11:00 am

    Brookhaven Women in Science (BWIS) will award the winners of the 2018 Renate W. Chasman Scholarship and host a lunch for attendees of the ceremony. The Renate W. Chasman Scholarship encourages women to pursue careers in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering or mathematics). The award honors the memory and scientific contributions of Renate Chasman (1932-1977), a noted physicist at Brookhaven Lab.

Other News

Scholarships & Awards

Chasman Scholarship - Applications are now being accepted for the Chasman scholarship which is offered to encourage women to pursue careers in the sciences, technology, engineering, or mathematics.

Gertrude GoldhaberGoldhaber Prize - Applications are now being accepted for the Goldharber Prize to recognize substantial promise and accomplishment by a woman graduate student in physics.

For more information please see the BWIS Scholarships & Awards web page.

STEM Fields

CARE 2015 - Registration Deadline: March 4, 2015 This workshop will focus on career paths and developing goals. It is aimed at early career scientists but open to all. See our selection of speakers here and register now at

BWIS, in conjunction with Stony Brook university, receives grant to develop workshop for the advancement of women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For more information please see the proposal and approval documentation.