Women’s Professional Development Committee


Our Mission 

The Mission of the WPDC is to provide a supportive space to host professional development opportunities for graduate-level women in science at Boston University through establishing and cultivating a network of exemplary mentorship with women in a diversity of scientific careers.

All students and faculty are welcome to join our network including men interested in supporting women in STEM!


Our Vision

Our Vision is to connect established career women in science, initially focused in the Boston area, with our graduate school level women in science early on in their careers so that they can use their years in graduate school to appropriately explore their career interests and options with ample support and become successful mentors themselves. With a supportive network of female leaders in their fields willing to share their experiences with our incoming generation of professionally trained women scientists, our expectation is that forging these relationships will inspire our graduate-level women scientists to explore and navigate possible career paths and prepare for next steps in their careers of interest in both an informed and educated way.

We will be collaborating with GWISE, Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, GMSSO, BEST, and other student organizations at Boston University to provide a space to host support, networking, mentorship, and professional development opportunities for women in science.

 

Subcommittees:

1) Social Media & Marketing

2) Community Liaison & Outreach to Guest Speakers

3) Event Management

4) BU Liaison & Internal Communications (with GMSSO, GWISE, SCOMSA, Student Senate, Dental Society, etc.)

For students, led by students! To join our mailing list and select a Leadership Subcommittee to join, please fill out this interest form

Contact us @ buwpdc@bu.edu to join a subcommittee or become a faculty mentor.



Upcoming Events & Opportunities

Next WPDC SheInspires Lunch – Tuesday April 30, 2019

Guest speaker: Dr. Joyce Wong, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering and an Inaugural Term Distinguished Professor of Engineering at Boston University. She is also the Inaugural Director of ARROWS, Office of the Provost, focused on promoting women in STEM at BU. 

Join us for lunch and learn from Dr. Wong about her experiences as a woman in STEM.

Spots are limited so if you are interested please RSVP here

If you RSVP, but are no longer able to attend, please contact us in advance. No-shows may affect your ability to sign up for future events.

Read more about Dr. Wong: http://people.bu.edu/wonglab/people.html

You are welcome to submit any questions you may have for Dr. Wong in advance, or use the form to notify us of any dietary restrictions you have.

 

WPDC SheInspires Lunch – Thursday May 9, 2019

Guest speaker: Dr. Ghazaleh Sadri-Vakili, Ph.D. and BUSM Alumna of Pharmacology & Biomedical Neuroscience. Dr. Sadri-Vakili is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the NeuroEpigenetics laboratory at the MassGeneral Institute of Neurodegenerative Disease (MIND), and faculty of the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).  

Dr. Sadri-Vakili is the co-founder of the Professional Women’s Nexus (PWN), a group that provides a forum for female scientists, businesswomen, and other professionals to share their knowledge and expertise in a supportive environment. To date, PWN provides over 600 female professionals across the US, Europe and the Middle East, the opportunity to synergize in endeavors related to finding new opportunities, learn skills such as negotiating or managing difficult conversation, and advocating for each other. 

Join us for lunch and learn from Dr. Sadri-Vakili about her experiences as a woman in STEM.

Spots are limited so if you are interested please RSVP here

If you RSVP, but are no longer able to attend, please contact us in advance. No-shows may affect your ability to sign up for future events.

Read more about Dr. Sadri-Vakili: https://www.mghmind.org/faculty/Sadri-Vakili

You are welcome to submit any questions you may have for Dr. Sadri-Vakili in advance, or use the form to notify us of any dietary restrictions you have.

We will be holding lunches throughout the year with different professors, researchers, and alumni so if you can’t make it to this one keep an eye out for our next announcement.

You can also email us with suggestions for speakers at buwpdc@bu.edu!

 

BU WPDC Spring Social 

WHAT: Let’s celebrate the end of the semester together and talk about the future of women in STEM BU WPDC! Anyone who is interested in being a part of the leadership team of BU WPDC next year, this is a perfect opportunity to meet with us, get any questions answered, and let us know you are interested.
Food will be will be provided (beverages must be purchased separately.) Feel free to share with and invite friends as well.
WHEN: Monday April 29. 2019 from 5:30-7 pm. Feel free to stop by any time between 5:30 and 7 pm.
WHERE:  Café Landwer 900 Beacon St, Boston MA 02215. Café Landwer is right off of the St. Mary’s T stop on the C Line (Green) and it is also a short walk from the BU Charles River Campus. (Note: there’s a second Café Landwer location – so please note the address!)
RSVP by sending us an e-mail with the subject “I’m coming to the Spring Social!” at buwpdc@bu.edu by April 26.
Give us a heads up if you’re planning to come, or if anything changes in the meantime. *If you can’t make it and still want to learn about how you can get involved in WPDC next year, please do also shoot us a quick e-mail and we’ll arrange a time to chat. 
We can’t wait to see you!! 

AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors Program

What do Olympic gold medalists, Grammy award-winning performances, marine biologists, cancer researchers, and tech CEOs all have in common?

STEM!

AAAS is excited to announce the offical launch of the AAAS IF/THEN Ambassadors Program. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has opened the application which will bring together 100 women from a variety of science, technology, engineering and mathematics carers to serve as high-profile role models for middle school girls.

Learn more and apply here. 

About Mentoring Circles

Being a mentee is for you if:

1) You are a Boston University postdoctoral fellow or are pursuing a graduate degree in the biomedical space, and

2) You are interested in fostering a supportive community around the professional development of other trainees in science.

APPLY HEREhttp://tinyurl.com/BUMentorCircle19 

Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2019

Duration: April 2019-December 2019 (monthly meetings)

Time Commitment: 2 hours, once a month

Groups: 1 or 2 Mentors with 4-6 trainees.

Time and Location: A public location, determined by each Mentoring Circle.

 

Conference Support Resources

Check any of the following to see if you may be eligible to apply for financial support to attend the conference: Scientista Symposium, GMS, PDPA, GSO, SPH, GWISE.


Check us out on Facebook and take a look at photos from our WPDC events: our Breakfast & Conversation event with BU’s BEST and Dr. Rachel Flynn, PhD., and SheInspires Lunch Series. 

Join the BU WPDC LinkedIn group to stay connected, initiative conversation, and share resources on professional development.