GWISE Groups

Find out more information about GWISE groups below!

Accountability Groups

GWISE Accountability Groups are peer mentoring groups of 3-4 people who are focused on working together to encourage accomplishment of specific goals (EX: passing qualifying exams, writing a paper, giving a presentation at a conference, meeting fellowship deadlines, etc.) Members in a group will hold each other accountable for accomplishing their goals throughout the academic year, and will provide feedback on progress and advice on future steps. GWISE matches the small groups, provides professional development materials and opportunities, and periodically checks-in with groups to ensure productivity and success. Please contact Winnie at and Caitlin at for any questions.

Book Club

GWISE holds monthly Book Clubs featuring great reads, discussion, and a light meal. For the latest updates on logistics of the Book Club, consult our biweekly GWISE newsletters or the website homepage. GWISE generally has hard copies of the featured books to loan. Please contact Junzi at for any questions.

Coffee & Conversations

GWISE Coffee & Conversations is a monthly informal journal club and discussion series, where we hope to provoke meaningful discussions about issues relevant to women in STEM. Each month, we select a topic of interest to the community and use a recent scientific or popular article as a launch point to facilitate a friendly and lively discussion over coffee, tea, and snacks. Past topics have included negotiation and implicit bias in mentoring. Please contact Allison at for any questions.


GWISE is interested in coordinating and supporting teams for various BU Intramural sports. Please contact Jing at or Atcha at for any questions.

Mothers’ Group

GWISE Mothers’ Group seeks to host events for moms or moms-to-be in science and engineering. Meetings will be held twice a month with tea and cookies (maybe lunch) for moms to discuss anything and everything about parenthood during graduate school. Some ideas for discussions are:

  • Forming an accountability group for moms to chat about the problems they may face as graduate moms, such as inability to go to school, time management, focusing problems, etc.
  • Discussing policy-related problems current moms face, as well as new plans to put in place for moms-to-be
  • Scheduling play dates for the graduate kids
  • Just getting together to vent about kids, research, or both!

Please contact Esther at for any questions.

2014-2015 Academic Year: Please sign-up for our MAILING LIST to receive emails with meeting information. If you were on the previous Mothers’ Group mailing list, please re-sign up with this updated list.

Yoga Group

Take a break with GWISE Yoga Group! Join us for a good, all-around yoga practice that can benefit your mind, body, and soul. All levels, genders, and ages are welcome. Please bring a yoga or exercise mat. Please email Atcha at to sign up for weekly updates (location/time changes, additional classes) or with any questions or concerns.

2014-2015 Academic Year: The GWISE Yoga Group meets in the West End Lounge on the 9th Floor of Photonics (8 St. Mary’s St.) every week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30-6:30pm.


WISE Guys is a new program aimed at increasing the participation and engagement of men in GWISE affairs. GWISE events are open to all who support women in STEM; despite this, many men do not take advantage of our excellent events and volunteer opportunities. We would like to increase attendance and bring more men into the GWISE community. Furthermore, GWISE is interested in engaging men in the advancement of women in STEM. The issue of gender equality in STEM involves both genders and requires cooperation on both the individual and organizational level. WISE Guys will be an effort towards increasing graduate student dialogue at BU about gender equality. The WISE Guys team is always interested in hearing from men in the GWISE and graduate student communities with thoughts and feedback on this new GWISE venture. We are also interested in finding out what related events you would like to see. Please email Chris at with any input, or to be on the WISE Guys mailing list.