AWIS is dedicated to achieving equity and full participation of women in science, mathematics, engineering and technology. Founded in 1971, AWIS provides women a network, a resource, and a voice to achieve this goal.
Of over 5000 members of AWIS nationally, 50% hold PhDs and many have prominent positions in government, academe or industry. There are 76 local chapters throughout the country, of which San Diego is one of the largest (see, About AWIS-San Diego).
The National AWIS office publishes materials about women in science and a bimonthly magazine. It is also an active participant in policy discussions at the Federal level and participates in a variety of national coalitions related to women in science issues. More information about AWIS-National can be found on the National website.
AWIS Executive Director: Janet Bandows Koster
Janet Bandows Koster was appointed Executive Director of AWIS in July 2006. Bandows Koster has more than 20 years experience in nonprofit management including a strong background in membership marketing and fundraising. before joining AWIS, she served as Executive Director of the United German-American Committee of the USA. She has held senior leadership positions in organizations such as AARP and Volunteers of America. Janet Bandows Koster may be contacted by clicking here