Women in STEM Cooperative

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The UB Women in STEM Cooperative (WiSC) was established in 2013 by an interdisciplinary coalition of women volunteers from across the University at Buffalo who pooled our resources together to benefit other women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Our mission is to bridge the STEM gender gap through cultural inclusion and educational opportunity. Learn more about WiSC.

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This year’s theme is Helping STEM Students Thrive in 2021 and Beyond.  The COVID-19 virus situation has affected us in many different ways and continues to do so.  What does the future look like and how do we move forward?  We will explore these topics and ways to support, encourage and build community to move forward.

Webinar Series: Helping STEM Students Thrive 2021 and Beyond

How has our student experience changed?

March 23, 2022 

Sadé Abraham, M.S., Academic Coach, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Harvard University

Marina Blanton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, Faculty Director, Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), University at Buffalo

What does Innovation Look Like Now?

November 18, 2021

Lynne Ann Molter, Ph.D., Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Engineering, Swarthmore College

Eleonora Botta, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo

Evangeline Cummings, MS, Assistant Provost and Director of University of Florida Online, at the University of Florida, Harvard Alumni


Webinar Series: Helping STEM Students Thrive/ Supporting Women in STEM 2020

This year’s theme is Supporting Women in STEM in 2020.  The result of the onset of the COVID-19 virus has affected us in many different ways.  We will explore these topics and ways to support, encourage and build a community to move forward. Those who register will receive a recording. 

Research and publication in COVID times

March 18, 2021

Haley Olson, Ph.D. student, studying Geobiology at Harvard University

Glenna Bett, Ph.D., Vice Chair for Research, Jacobs School of Medicine at the Univesity at Buffalo

Persisting During COVID-19

February 18, 2021

Dr. Patrice Prusko, Harvard
Dr. Prusko is the Associate Director, Learning Design, Teaching and Learning Lab at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.  She will present her related research on this topic.
This will be followed by an interactive session with questions to explore individual experiences.
Overall themes and solutions will be formulated from these experiences.

Women in STEM Cooperative Burnout/Worklife and Wellness

Oct 22, 2020

Tanya Joosten, Ph.D., Director of Digital Learning Research and Development at the University at Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Catherine Cooke-Cottone, Ph.D., Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo

Lauren Hay, Ph.D. Student, studying Elementary Particle Physics at the University at Buffalo 

Recruitment, advisement and creating community

Nov 19, 2020

Nancy Campos, Ph.D., Director of AMP;/C-STEP at SUNY New Paltz.

Simone Ragland, LCSW, Executive Director of WNY STEM HUB.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Rodriguez, LCSW
Director of EOP at the University at Buffalo. 

Alexis Stokes, LCSW,  Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, School of Engineering, Harvard University.


Webinar Series: Helping STEM Students Thrive

This year’s theme is Adult Learning Pathways.  The demographics of our students are changing, the avenues that they travel are many and varied.  We will explore these pathways and the various ways these students needs can be met to help them succeed and achieve their goals. Those who register will receive a recording. 

Graduate students in STEM

May 13, 2020

Weilu Shen, Ph.D. Student, Applied Physics at Harvard University.

Nicole Black-Pettit, Ph.D Student, Bioengineering at Havard University.

Jason Heustis, Ph.D., Director of Student Development and Training Evaluation for Graduate Education at Harvard Medical School.

Community Colleges

Nov 2, 2019

Dina Refki, DA, Clinical Associate Professor Public Administration & Policy, Director of the Center for Women in Government & Civil Society at the University at Albany.

Blige Avci, MA, Research Associate & Program Coordinator at the University at Albany.

Ashley Stenzel, Ph.D. student, at Cancer Sciences at Roswell Park at the University at Buffalo.


Course Design for Inclusion in STEM

November 7, 2018

Thomas J Tobin, Program Area Director for Distance Teaching & Learning, University at Wisconsin.

Matin "Marty" Samuels, Associate Director for Science at  at Harvard University.

Roberta "Robin" Sullivan, Teaching and Learning Strategist, Educational Services Team at the University at Buffalo.



Innovation in Higher Education


October 11, 2017

Lynne A. Molter, ScD, Swarthmore College
Julia Thom Levy, PhD, Cornell University
Elisabeth Etopio, PhD, University at Buffalo
Richard Lamb, PhD, University at Buffalo

Perspectives on Institutional Change

Perspectives on Institutional Change

November 8, 2017

Nancy Shapiro, PhD, University System of Maryland
Renetta Tull, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Amy Godert, PhD, Cornell University
Letitia Thomas, PhD, University at Buffalo

Learning Spaces

Learning Spaces

January 10, 2018

Jeanne L. Narum, Learning Spaces Collaboratory
Xin Li, Associate University Librarian, Cornell University
Camille Andrews, Emerging Literacies Libraries, Cornell University
Rebecca Rotundo, MA, University at Buffalo
Lisa Stephens, PhD, Office of the SUNY Provost

Wrap Up

Wrap Up

March, 20, 2018

Cathy Middlecamp, PhD, University of Wisconsin- Madison
Patrice Prusko, PhD, Cornell University
Letitia Thomas, PhD, University at Buffalo