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We invite you to share your ideas and talents and expand your network of colleagues by volunteering for an AWIS committee. Let us know what you are interested in through our online volunteer signup form!

You can serve for an entire year or a single event or task!  All of our committees actively recruit throughout the year to generate new ideas and engage our members.  This enables us to create programming, special events and chapter tools that are tailored to our current interests and helps recruit new members.

We hope all of our members will take this opportunity to volunteer with a committee and more deeply engage in our chapter.  To learn more about volunteer responsibilities, contact the committee chairs using the emails below.

Event/Program Committee:

The Event Committee is one of the most active and exciting parts of our organization.  This committee plans our monthly, public programs as well as quarterly networking and social events.  Your ideas for speakers and programs are welcome and your help in setting up and facilitating the events is desired.  Whether it is lining up speakers, preparing event flyers and communications, or arranging event logistics, your help would be appreciated for a single event or a year’s worth of events.


Our chapter has been awarding scholarships to undergrad women in STEM since 1990.  The scholarships are awarded in June but it is a year round effort to find sponsors, publicize the program, and interview and select the winners.  Volunteers are inspired by the scholarship candidates that they read about and meet through the selection process.  Volunteers are particularly needed in the fall to publicize the program and in the spring to select the scholarship recipients.

Banquet and Awards

Our annual banquet with awards for scientific advancement will be held in June.  It is a year-long planning and fundraising effort for a wonderful evening honoring outstanding women scientists in our community.  Committee members plan and organize the banquet – from fundraising and publicity to finding a venue and determining program details.  Committee members also publicize nominations, review nominees and select recipients of the annual awards.  Make use of your organizational skills – join the Banquet and Awards Committee!


We want the community to know about our chapter activities!  Many of our events are open to the public and provide an opportunity to recruit new members who support our mission and want to meet like-minded women.  Committee members identify community groups and online calendars through which announcements and articles can be submitted.  Your writing, graphic design and networking skills can be put to great use.


GEMS is a science enrichment program for 7th and 8th grade girls in Seattle public schools.  The goal of the program is to encourage girls to maintain and broaden their interest in STEM subjects by providing mentoring, hands-on activities, field trips, and information pertaining to a variety of scientific fields.  The GEMS meet one evening per month and attend field trips Oct. through June.  There are two GEMS groups – one that meets at Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center and one at South Shore K-8 School. Committee members publicize and recruit students through the schools, plan and lead the monthly programs and organize field trips.  It is an opportunity to be a mentor, educator and role model to middle school girls.  You will work with other talented women and gain practice explaining science to a young, enthusiastic audience!

Group Mentoring

Our mentoring program focuses on career growth and problem solving in a supportive and fun environment.  Participants are in Mentoring Groups of 5-7 women in STEM committed to meeting monthly to support one another with advice, encouragement and information regarding professional development.  Each group is coordinated by at least one experienced mentor.  Groups are matched based on interest, career goals and other factors.  The committee is responsible for publicizing the program, recruiting mentors and participants, assigning and following-up with the groups, and planning multiple events during the year for all participants.

Website Committee:

Our website is our chapter’s public face and we want it to be welcoming and informative!  We could use volunteers to assist in updating the content covering chapter and community events.  Website experience would be wonderful but not essential to be on this committee.

Membership Committee:

Chapter and National AWIS membership supports women in STEM in many ways and encouraging more women (and men) to become members enhances the networking and educational value of membership.  Our Membership Committee produces flyers, answers questions and recruits new members at chapter events.  They work with National AWIS keeping our membership database up-to-date and they manage our “chapter-only” student membership database.

 Volunteer as much, or as little, time as your schedule permits!

You will gain experience and meet very talented women who share your interest in increasing support, visibility and leadership opportunities for women in science in our community.

Sign up for a committee today using our online form!

See the Board list with committee chairs at