National Organizations

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All Scientific Disciplines

Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering & Mathematics (AWSEM)
Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics, or AWSEM, brings together parents, educators and women professionals in science-related fields to kindle and support young women's interest in science, engineering, mathematics and technology.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)
The American Association of University Women is a national organization that promotes education and equity for all women and girls. Our commitment to these issues is reflected in our public policy efforts, programs, and diversity initiatives.

Association of Women in Science (AWiS)
AWIS is the Association for Women in Science. They are a non-profit association which works to promote women's activities in all scientific fields, from mentoring to scholarships to job listings. AWIS is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation for women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology.

Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development (CAWMSET)
The Commission on the Advancement of Women and Minorities in Science, Engineering, and Technology Development was established by Congress on October 14, 1998, through legislation developed and sponsored by Congresswomen Constance A. Morella (R-MD). The mandate of the Commission is to research and recommend ways to improve the recruitment, retention, and representation of women, underrepresented minorities (namely, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and American Indians), and persons with disabilities in science, engineering, and technology (SET) education and employment. Commission exploration of the status of these underrepresented populations in SET has reaffirmed the nation's absolute economic and social imperative to ensure that all U.S. citizens enjoy full participation qat all levels of SET education and the SET workforce.

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Committee on Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE)
The Committee on Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) was established in 1991 as a standing committee of the National Research Council (NRC). CWSE's mandate is to coordinate, monitor, and advocate action to increase the participation of women in science and engineering.

Institute for Women and Technology
The Institute for Women and Technology works in areas that engage women and men in industry, academia, government and communities to imagine, design, create and deploy technologies that have positive impacts on women around the world.

MentorNet
MentorNet is The National Electronic Industrial Mentoring Network for Women in Engineering and Science. We pair women who are studying engineering or science at one of our participating colleges or universities with professional scientists and engineers working in industry, and help them form e-mail based mentoring relationships. MentorNet is a nonprofit initiative sponsored through grants from the AT&T and Intel Foundations, the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, IBM, Cisco Systems, Ford Motor Company, Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, IEEE Foundation, SPIE, Texaco, SAP Labs, and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM)
The National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM), a nonprofit organization, was formed in 1976 to address this problem. Specifically, GEM exists to increase the number of American Indian, African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, and other Hispanic Americans pursuing graduate degrees in engineering and natural science disciplines. GEM Fellows also obtain practical work experience through summer internships at GEM Employer worksites.

Women in Technology International (WITI)
An organization committed to supporting professional development, personal growth and self-improvement for women in science and technology. WITI maintains a substantial Web site called The WITI Campus and also offers a free electronic newsletter called The Strategist Online.