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WiSE Distinguished Lecture Series

Deadline: No specific deadline

Award Amount: Variable

Directions: Contact Sarah Fried-Gintis at sfried@usc.edu or 213-740-0996.

In 2009-2010, in celebration of it’s 10th Anniversary, the Women in Science and Engineering Program collaborated with departments across the Viterbi School of Engineering and USC Dornsife College to sponsor a series of distinguished lectures featuring prominent women scientists and engineers visiting campus that year. Owing to the program’s success, WiSE would like to continue a similar suite of WiSE lectures on an annual basis. The WiSE Program will continue to host our annual WiSE Distinguished Lecturer and other speakers, but we know that many departments have named and distinguished lecture series that feature prominent women scientists. Thus, WiSE invites WiSE-eligible departments to make their distinguished guests also WiSE speakers.

WiSE will advertise such speakers across schools and departments, thus highlighting the many excellent scientists and engineers who visit USC across various disciplines; through advanced promotion we will help increase attendance and widen audiences beyond your field and department. In addition to assisting with advertising, WiSE would like to offer to host luncheons, receptions, teas, and similar events in association with existing lecture series, for WiSE featured speakers.

The mission of WiSE has always been to increase the representation of women in tenure and tenure-track positions within the academy in the disciplines of math, the sciences, and engineering. By sponsoring social events in tandem with talks that feature prominent women scholars, WiSE hopes to present the USC community with cutting-edge research; to stimulate discussion among faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate and undergraduate students, and staff; to motivate young researchers to pursue academic careers; to create opportunities for networking among junior scholars; and to promote collegiality within the academic community more generally.

WiSE encourages faculty colleagues and seminar committees to identify outstanding women scientists and engineers and to send us their lists of invited speakers. We look forward to hearing from you and to working with you to plan a successful program!