WSGW holds a kickoff meetings in September and January to welcome any new students and propose events.  We also get together several times throughout the semester to have lunch, discuss books, plan TECH Talks, etc.


The Woodruff School of Graduate Women (WSGW) is hosting it’s first meeting for the year! Yes, another kickoff meeting for another organization. So, I’ll order some food (it’s free for you) and we can hang out for an hour. Come to hear about details for this upcoming year and about this organization at the meeting. Feel free to let us know that you are planning on coming and if you have a food allergy.

When: Friday, September 15th from 12-1PM

Where: Love Room 109



Workshop: “Professional Skills for Women in STEM”

This workshop focuses on professional skills that students and postdocs need for effectively completing their studies, going to graduate school, performing research, negotiating for their first position in academia, industry or at a national lab, and interacting positively on teams. We will discuss negotiation strategies and tactics that are useful for achieving academic and professional goals and a positive work/life balance. This is a highly interactive workshop where participants are invited to bring examples of difficult academic or professional situations to discuss.

About the Presenter: Kathy Prestridge, P-23, joined Los Alamos as a postdoc in 1998 and became a staff member in 1999. Prestridge leads the Extreme Fluids Team in Physics Division, and she has mentored 10 postdocs and 20 students. She is the winner of the 2000 Postdoctoral Publication Prize in Experimental Science as well as 4 DOE/NNSA Defense Program Awards of Excellence. She is the former Chair of the American Physical Society’s Committee on the Status of Women in Physics. This workshop was created through a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation, for which Prestridge is a co-principal investigator, along with Theodore Hodapp of the APS and Sherry Yennello of Texas A&M.

When: March 29th, 9:30 AM

Where: LOVE Conference Room 109

Shell Recruiting Session

On Thursday, November 10th, Shell recruiters will be on campus to meet with WSGW. Come and join us if you are interested in this recruiting event.

When: November 10th, 5PM-6 PM

Where: LOVE 1st Floor Atrium

WSGW Panel: “How to Make a Good Impression”

On Wednesday, October 19th, WSGW will be hosting a panel on “How to Make a Good Impression” in the lab, professionally, with professors and PIs and more! There will be five panel members from different backgrounds ready to discuss any questions you might have about making a good impression as a female in a male-dominated field.

We have two faculty panel members: Dr. Marta Hatzell and Dr. Nazanin Bassiri-Gharb as well as three student panel members at various stages of their PhD programs.

When: October 19th, 11 to 12:30 PM

Where: MRDC 4211

(Lunch is also provided, please RSVP)

Information session with Dr. Karen Thole

On Friday, October 14th, WSGW will be meeting with Dr. Karen Thole, the department head for Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering at Penn State. It will be an information session for women PhDs/post-docs who will be interested in a faculty position at Penn State.

When: October 14th, 12 to 1:00 PM

Where: Love 210

(Lunch is also provided, please RSVP)

Start of Semester Meeting


On Friday, September 7th, WSGW hosted our first meeting of Fall 2016 with a start of the semester lunch. If you missed the meeting, but are interested in our group, please contact the co-presidents.

Here are some highlights from our first meeting. This semester and next semester we are planning to have many social events ranging from movie nights, potluck dinners, artsy events to weekend hikes. In terms of outreach, we want to mentor female undergraduates at Georgia Tech as well as at other smaller universities and community colleges. We also decided to establish a Mentor Program where more experienced PhD students mentor younger graduate students to help them learn the ropes and navigate the waters. There will be workshops on crafting a CV, interview and presentation skills. Last but not least we will be involved in the Invention Studio by getting trained on all sorts of machines and volunteering 3 hours a week to get 24/7 access (it is a sweet deal).

Follow us from the events tab and sign up for our mailing list for the most up-to-date announcements! Please contact the co-presidents.

Start of Semester Meeting

2015 New Year celebration

Our first meeting of 2016 was on Friday, January 22, 2016. There are officer positions open: Social Chair and Webmaster. If you are interested or want to know what you missed, please contact the Co-Presidents. For other information updates, please sign up for our mailing list!

At the beginning of each semester, WSGW holds a lunch meeting to catch up with other ME women and to discuss what events will be held during the next semester. Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to hear about our next meeting! Also, check out the Social Events for Spring 2016 activities.

First Friday of Each Month : WSGW Monthly Lunches


One Friday of each month, WSGW meets at a restaurant close to campus for lunch.  These lunches are sponsored by Women in Engineering, and are a chance for you to meet with your fellow classmates and get more connected with the group.  An email is sent out to tell everyone the day and location.  Thank you WIE for making this possible! Be sure to sign up for our mailing list to learn about the next event!

July 10th, 2013 / September 25th, 2014 : Book Discussion

Lean In

Recently, several women in WSGW read and discussed Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.  We plan to host a new book discussion group in 2015! See the Social Events page for details.

Book description:

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.”  She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can. (From the publisher.)

Dr. Wepfer has alerted me of a great opportunity coming up. Dr.Karen Thole, the department head for Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering at Penn State, would like to meet with women PhDs / post-docs who might be interested in a faculty position at Penn State. She is making a trip to GT on October 14th.

She will be available from 12 to 1 PM for a group meeting with interested students. Lunch will be provided. Conference room 210 in the Love building is reserved for that time period.