At the University of Rhode Island, Alexa Sterling and Jillian Freese established the first chapter of the Society for Women in Marine Science (SWMS) after attending the annual SWMS fall symposium. Support from URI faculty members includes Bethany Jenkins, Jacqueline Webb, and David Smith. Throughout the year, five committees were formed in the URI SWMS Chapter: Welcoming, Outreach, Social, Professional Development, and Communications. Each of these committees is led by URI graduate students and includes any member who wishes to be involved. Events hosted by URI SWMS include an Applying to Grad School and CV Workshop, a Career Panel, and a Science Communication/Blog Workshop. The Social Committee established a Mentoring Program which matches undergraduate students with graduate student mentors and facilitates events and encourages communication between participants. In addition, URI SWMS has run a Marine Encounters Station for the annual SMILE event and volunteers at events such as Mystic Aquarium’s Women in Marine Science Day and URI Graduate School of Oceanography’s Open House. Please email Alexa Sterling (email@example.com) or Jillian Freese (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in being added to the URI SWMS listserv for updates or have any questions or comments.
You can also find a blog post about the chapter here.
Co-Presidents: Jillian Freese and Alexa Sterling
Welcoming Committee: Laura Holland
Outreach Committee: Danielle Perry
Social Committee: Kaytee Canfield, Erin Roberts
Professional Development: Anna Robuck
Communications Committee: Melissa Hoffman