FAQs

Can men join?

Yes! We welcome any supporters of women in science, and this includes men. Men can participate in all WISC events and take on leadership roles as part of our WISC Board.

Are you open to post-docs?

Yes! Post-docs are more than welcome to participate in our events and be part of our WISC Board.

Do I have to be a PhD student to join?

No, masters students, medical/dental/nursing students, and research assistants are more than welcome to participate in our events and be part of our WISC Board.

Do I have to be in a STEM field to join?

While most of our events are catered to researchers in STEM, there are plenty of opportunities for people who are interested in and/or support STEM education, especially with outreach events like Girls’ Science Day and Science Saturday Starters. Feel free to contact the event chairs for specific information.

Are you open to undergraduates?

Again, most WISC events are catered to full-time researchers in STEM who are considering professional STEM careers. There are a few opportunities for undergraduate involvement in mentoring and outreach. Please contact the event chairs for those events for specific information.  

How do I apply for an open position?

Our positions are open to anyone who is interested and wants to help out. Just email the WISC co-chairs at wisc.group@gmail.com and let us know what position you’d like.

Can I split role/responsibilities a position with a friend?

Yes! While rewarding, WISC events can take a lot of work to plan so you are more than welcome to split open positions between friends to lighten your load.

How do I join the listserv?

Send an email to wisc-join@lists.columbia.edu with the subject line “Subscribe” to sign up or email us at wisc.group@gmail.com.

I’ve graduated and am no longer at Columbia, how do I unsubscribe from the listserv?

Go to https://lists.columbia.edu/mailman/options/wisc/youremail@address.com and be sure to input your email in the space labeled “youremail@address.com”. Click the unsubscribe button. There is no need to enter a password.  You can also email us at wisc.group@gmail.com.

Can I list my involvement with WISC on fellowship applications?

Yes, of course! We know that your leadership in WISC looks great on those applications. Be proud of your accomplishments and show them off!

I have some ideas for WISC events, who do I talk to?

If you have an idea for an entirely new event, please contact the WISC co-chairs at wisc.group@gmail.com. If your ideas are for or related to an existing event, please contact that event chair.