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Last updated: 3/23/10

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Women in Science
March 2010

Image of Kitty Joyner, Electrical Engineer, 1952

Kitty Joyner, electrical engineer, at Langley in 1952.
Photograph courtesy of GRIN: Great Images in NASA,
retrieved 5 Mar 2009.

Celebrate Women’s History Month and the sciences by taking a second to consider the contributions of women in the sciences at URI. While women interact with the sciences in many classes on campus, here are three groups who offer support and other resources:

ADVANCE Project at URI ( – Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, this program helped encourage and sustain women in the scientific disciplines at URI from 2004-2009 by recruiting and retaining female faculty in the sciences. The site contains information on the program and reports of their successes.

AWIS (in RI displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=332) – This organization addresses the needs of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, both in academia and industry. Their goal is to challenge the obstacles that limit the success of women in these fields.

Society of Women Engineers (at URI – This group has been helping women in engineering for more than 50 years, providing support in both academic and professional settings.

URI Women in Science Listserv ( -- This mailing list helps connect faculty and graduate student women in science at URI by announcing relevant events and gatherings. To join, contact

Further Reading

Ceci, Stephen J. and Wendy M. Williams, eds. Why Aren't More Women in Science? : Top Researchers Debate the Evidence. Q130 W49 2007

O'Rourke, Erin Elizabeth. Support Needs of Undergraduate Women in Science and Technology. LC1567 O768 2002

Also see the list of other organizations on the ADVANCE site: 

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