News and Current Events

Come join the UO Women in Graduate Sciences for a Sciene Slam on Thursday April 19 from 6 – 9 pm!

Science Slam is an opportunity for scientists to share thought-provoking science with the public through innovative presentations. These creative talks are less than 5 min each and meant to engage everyone!


Click here to apply to be a speaker at the 2018 Science Slam!



UO Women in Graduate Sciences Presents
Astronaut Lawrence – The International Space Station: Science in Space

Friday, March 16, 2018 • 2:30 – 3:30 PM in Straub 156

Astronaut Lawrence is a retired NASA Astronaut who completed four space shuttle flights as Mission Specialist. Come hear her speak about these experiences and more!
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Afterwards, join us for a Q&A Session with Astronaut Lawrence on Friday, March 16 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the Price Science Library B040



Applications for the 2018 Awards are open now!

Applications are due by 3pm on April 16th 2018 in the UOWGS mailbox in the Chemistry Department main office. Notifications will be made no later than June 1st 2018.

Karfilis Women in Leadership Award

UOWGS Travel Award

UOWGS Parenting Award

UOWGS Sara J. Staggs Undergraduate Transition Award

UOWGS Undergraduate Summer Research Award


WGS Spring Workshop Presents

How to Speak your STEM: a communications workshop

Join us Tuesday, March 20th, 4-6 pm Villard 102 (part of the Miller Theatre Complex) for a science communication workshop with Zeina Salame, a 5th year PhD candidate in Theatre Arts, Coordinator of Improvisational Science Communication Training Activities for Research, and affiliate of the Alan Alda foundation.

This workshop will include a variety of excersizes from the Alda Method which coaches public presentation skills by employing improvisa- tional theatre exercises to practice listening, connecting, clarity, and vivid storytelling. These excercises can help with stagefright and communicating science to a broad audience. If you are interested in participating in the Science Slam, or 3 Minute Thesis, this workshop is a great place to start!



UO Women in Graduate Sciences Fourth Annual Fundraiser

Saturday, March 17, 2018 • 5:30–8:30 p.m.

Registration is now open for our 4th Annual Fundraiser on March 17th with speaker Astronaut Wendy Lawrence. Please join us as we celebrate our continued growth and success! Event information can be found at



The UOWGS Winter Happy Hour and Trivia

The UOWGS Winter Happy Hour will be at the Oregon Wine Lab on March 22nd. Come join us for Trivia from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. We hope to see you there!


Science Adventure Days are here!

Come join us for a Girls’ Science Adventure Workshop! Girls Science Adventure Days is a series of events that WGS runs in conjunction with the Science Factory where girls grades 4-6 learn about different science topics each Saturday from Feb 10 – March 17.

March 17 – Astronomy with Special Guest NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence at Eugene Science Center

Get ready for a personalized planetarium experience with Eugene Science Center’s Planetarium Director Haley Sharp. Our planetarium adventure will include hands-on activities which demonstrate Earth and Space science concepts. This workshop features a very special visit by NASA Astronaut Wendy Lawrence. Families of girls are invited to join us from 11:00 a.m. to noon for a Q&A session with Astronaut Lawrence.

If you have any additional questions please contact Lisa Eytel ( or Dana Reuter (


UOWGS Bowling Happy Hour & Fundraiser

Bring your family and friends to our UOWGS Bowling Happy Hour & Fundraiser from April23rd to 29th. WGS officers will be going Thursday the 26th from 9PM-11PM

Present this fundraising coupon at the front desk to support UOWGS

Bowling Times:

Monday-Wednesday| 2:30 pm – 5 pm, 9 pm – 11 pm

Thursday| 1 pm – 3:30 pm, 9 pm – 11 pm

Friday| 2:30 pm – 5 pm

Saturday 12 pm – 4 pm


Our Mission


The Women in Graduate Science (UOWGS) organization at the University of Oregon strives for gender equality by focusing on the professional development of women in all disciplines of science to enable them to become successful contributors to their fields.

This mission is accomplished by informative workshops, inspirational speakers, and a community outreach program. In addition, the organization provides social support for women scientists at the University of Oregon, and offers financial support with yearly scholarships.

The UOWGS invites all who encourage and support the advancement of women in science to become members and to help in our work towards an inclusive science community. The UOWGS is supported by the Graduate School, generous donors, fundraising events, ASUO, and member dues.

UOWGS is also dedicated to the support and equal treatment of LGBT scientists. All UOWGS meetings and events are dedicated safe spaces.

For more information about how UOWGS is run, we welcome you to browse through our bylaws.

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