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Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
A national leadership organization advocating the interests of women in science and technology.

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
An international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson, and professional association.

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
A non-profit organization that seeks to increase the impact of women on all aspects of technology, and increase the positive impact of technology on the world's women.

COACh for Scientists
A grassroots organization working to increase the number and career success of women scientists and engineers through innovative programs and strategies.

Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine (CWSEM)
A standing committee of the National Research Council.

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS)
An inter-disciplinary society of scientists who encourage and support women in the sciences.

A national non-profit organization that works to transform culture in engineering education to attract, retrain, and graduate women.


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AIBS is a non-profit scientific organization that advances research and education in the biological sciences.  The organization works to ensure that the public, legislators, funders, and the community of biologists have access to and use information that will guide them in making informed decisions about matters that require biological knowledge.

WICB is a resources to provide career support and advice to women at all stages in their scientific career.  The committee produces monthly columns for the ASCB newsletter, offers a referral service to identify women speakers, and responds to reports of discriminatory practices.  The WICB provides awards to women in cell biology, at both the junior and senior level in their career.

CSWM encourages women to participate in the ASM activities, advises ASM on the status of women microbiologists, and interacts with similar committees on these issues.  The committee collects data on training and employment of women microbiologists and how legislation affects women biologists.

CPOW promotes science education and the advancement and retention of women and minorities in biophysics.  The committee raises awareness of the importance of balancing a career and family, along with promoting fair and equal treatment of women in biophysics at all stages of their career advancement.

This organization hosts a three-day symposium that addresses the retention of female scientists early in their career to tenure-track positions.  WEBS targets women in the biological sciences, ecology, and evolutionary biology, who have earned their doctoral degrees but have not attained tenure status.  The symposium features a variety of panel discussions and workshops to help women succeed.


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American Chemical Society (ACS), Women Chemists Committee (WCC)
WCC's mission is to increase participation and retention of women in the chemical sciences, raise awareness of the importance of women in the chemical sciences, and provide leadership for career development.  WCC offers several awards to recognize women's achievements in the fields of science.

National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
NOBCChE assists people of color in local, regional, national, and global programs in recognizing their potential in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.  This organization encourages students to pursue graduate degrees in STEM disciplines.


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American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES aims to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in STEM.  AISES provides support for American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout their educational and professional careers.

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), Women in Engineering Division (WIED)
The objective of WIED is to study, promote, and improve the role of women in the professions of engineering and engineering technology through collection of data, publications, presentations at appropriate meetings, sponsorship of conferences, and similar activities.  WIED hosts an annual conference, lists research opportunities on its website, and awards two travel grants.

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ASME promotes the art, science, and practice of multidisciplinary engineering and allied sciences around the globe.  ASME hosts a variety of conferences and grants numerous awards, in addition to featuring an in-depth KnowledgeBase on its website. 

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), Women in Engineering Committee (WIE)
This committee facilitates the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines.  WIE offers awards and recognition of women who have excelled in engineering.

Latinas in Computing
Latinas in Computing was founded in 2006 as a small gathering of the Latinas at the Grace Hopper Celebration.  It is a community created by and for the Latinas in computing with a mission of promoting their representation and success in computing related fields.  

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
NACME aims to increase the number of African American, American Indian, and Latino men and women in STEM education and careers.  NACME hosts an annual symposium as well as education and research programs.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE promotes academic and professional success of African American engineering students and professionals.  This society offers support through leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement, and more.
SAE International is a global association of engineers and related technical experts in the aerospace, automotive and commercial-vehicle industries.  This society offers the J. Cordell Breed Award for Women Leaders.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
The mission of SHPE is to empower the Hispanic community to realize their potential in STEM fields and impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
SWE helps women achieve their full potential in careers as engineers and leaders.  This society provides encouragement through education, assistance for women returning to active work after temporary retirement, and various awards.

Women in Engineering ProActive Network (WEPAN)
WEPAN focuses on attracting and retaining women in engineering.  This organization aims to increase diversity in engineering fields and hosts an annual conference.


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American Mathematical Society (AMS)
AMS was founded to further the interest of mathematical research and scholarship.  AMS serves the national and international community through its publications, meetings, advocacy, and other programs.

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)
AWM is a non-profit organization that encourages women and girls to study and pursue careers in the mathematical sciences.  AWM aims to promote equal opportunity and treatment of women and girls in this field.

Joint Committee on Women in the Mathematical Sciences (JCW)
JCW is a joint committee of seven mathematical and statistical societies.  JCW identifies mechanisms for the enhancement of opportunities for women in the mathematical and statistical sciences, recommends actions to the governing bodies of the member societies in support of these opportunities, and documents its recommendations by presenting data.


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American Association for Physics Teachers (AAPT), Committee on Women in Physics
This committee seeks to recruit and retain women in physics classes and physics-related careers, aids women in physics in career development, and communicates its findings to the AAPT membership and to the community at large.

American Physical Society (APS), Committee on the Status of Women in Physics (CSWP)
CSWP promotes the encouragement and career development of women physicists at different stages of their professional careers.  This committee offers an array of awards and fellowships to recognize and further the progression of women in physics.  The APS also publishes a newsletter in the Spring and Fall.  Issues are posted online at this website.

National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
NSBP seeks to promote and support African Americans in physics and increase their numbers and visibility in the field.  This organization develops activities and programs that highlight the benefits of the scientific contributions made by African American physicists.



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American Association of University Women (AAUW) 
A national network that advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.

Institution for Women's Policy Research (IWPR) 
A non-profit organization that conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women.


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American Educational Research Association (AERA)
AERA is a national research society that strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.  There are a number of special interest groups (SIGs) in the AERA that focus on ethnicity and gender.  In additional to diversity groups, there is also the AERA SIG: Research on Women and Education and the AERA SIG: Critical Examination of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Gender in Education.  For a complete list of special interest groups, click here.

NACME aims to increase the number of African American, American Indian, and Latino men and women in STEM education and careers.  NACME hosts an annual symposium as well as education and research programs.

African American

AERA SIG: Research Focus on Black Education
This special interest group provides a structure and forum within AERA for researchers and developers who focus on educational issues involving Black clients, both students and professionals.  Information about membership, key initiatives, and awards are listed on the website.

National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE)
NOBCChE assists people of color in local, regional, national, and global programs in recognizing their potential in chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.  This organization encourages students to pursue graduate degrees in STEM disciplines.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
NSBE promotes academic and professional success of African American engineering students and professionals.  This society offers support through leadership training, professional development, mentoring opportunities, career placement, and more.

National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)
NSBP seeks to promote and support African Americans in physics and increase their numbers and visibility in the field.  This organization develops activities and programs that highlight the benefits of the scientific contributions made by African American physicists.


American Indian/ Alaskan Native


AERA SIG: Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
The purposes of this special interest group are to mentor, support and increase exchange of knowledge uncovering Indigenous ways to knowing and doing in order to address issues surrounding Indigenous research methodologies, analyses, and reporting of educational issues impacting Indigenous peoples and communities.  Information about membership, key initiatives, and awards are listed on the website.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES aims to increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in STEM.  AISES provides support for American Indians and Alaskan Natives throughout their education and professional careers.


Hispanic/ Latino

AERA SIG: Hispanic Research Issues
This special interest group provides opportunities for exchanging information among researchers and practitioners interested in issues of concern to Hispanics in the United States.  Information about membership, key initiatives, and awards are listed on the website.

Latinas in Computing
Latinas in Computing was founded in 2006 as a small gathering of the Latinas at the Grace Hopper Celebration.  It is a community created by and for the Latinas in computing with a mission of promoting their representation and success in computing related fields.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
The mission of SHPE is to empower the Hispanic community to realize their potential in STEM fields and impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.


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