Be a Strong Mentor

Mentor a summer intern through BioTech Partners…
Mentors are connected in February/March of each year.

Interested mentors should contact Carissa Poehnert at, 510.705.7795 and check out their website.

Biotech Partners are looking to connect high school and community college students with scientists in the SF Bay Area. BP’s mission is to educate underserved youth with personal, academic and professional development experiences that increase participation in higher education and access to fulfilling science careers. In this incredible program, students receive two years of technical training before ever being placed in a lab.


What’s so great about these students? They receive two years of training prior to working in a mentor’s lab! Students will already be familiar with:

  • Cell culture: calculating molar solutions, serial dilution/percent yield, aseptic technique, cell counting and culture maintenance, cell staining, media preparation, aseptic technique
  • Molecular Biology: ELISA, bacterial transformation, restriction enzyme digests, Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), DNA Electrophoresis, bioinformatics
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry: protein assays, chromatography, DNA/RNA extraction, buffer preparation, filtration, distillation, SDS-PAGE protein electrophoresis
  • Tools & Equipment: balances, pipettes and micropipettes, hemacytometer, spectrophotometer, pH meter, incubators, electrophoresis equipment, PCR thermocycler, light microscope, micro-centrifuge, water baths
  • Additional training provided by BP: GLP, computer skills, career skills (professional comportment, team work, communicating effectively), presentation skills

Plus, the students continue in the BP program while working in your lab, so you have the full support of the Biotech Partners team.

If you are interested in learning more, please direct inquiries to Carissa Poehnert, Interim Director of Programs,, 510.705.7795 and check out their website.

Message from AWIS National

Photo credit: Theophilos Papadopoulos

At AWIS, this is what we resolve to do, together:

In 2017, with our allies, we will amplify one another’s voices, collaborate locally and nationally to acheive ambitious outcomes, and speak knowledgably using proven methods to influence systemic change.

Some of us are articulate advocates and influencers already; others are discovering where we want to make an impact. All of us will grow in the new year. Every small step pushes us closer to success. Start here:

  1. Challenge the recognition gap for women in science by recognizing a colleague for their accomplishments in STEM research and leadership.
  2. Be an active member of a grassroots AWIS chapters or affiliate group. Mentor, learn from a mentor, share new opportunities, and positively reinforce your colleagues and peers.
  3. Participate in the Women’s March in Washington or a satellite event in your area. It is a visible chance to demonstrate that we support women in STEM.
  4. Cultivate your allyship skills for other women and under-represented professionals in STEM. Join our upcoming webinar, review past events, think about how positive change can start with you.

Let’s make 2017 a strong, bold, assertive year for women in STEM!

Sheri Potter,
Director of Community and Stakeholder Engagement
Association for Women in Science

Holiday Social Dec 14th


Thanks to all of you who joined us at Palo Alto AWIS’s Holiday Social on Wednesday, Dec 14th from 6-9pm.

It was an exclusive evening at Bradley’s Fine Diner in Menlo Park — we mingled with Silicon Valley STEM professionals in the Holiday Spirit!

Looking forward to more fun events next year…

Expanding Your Horizons 2017

Near San Ramon? Here’s something fun: the 2017 Tri-Valley Expanding Your Horizons Conference is coming up — save the date!


The conference will be held Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Diablo Valley College in San Ramon. This is your opportunity to interact with 300 girls (or as we’d like to call them, budding scientists) in grades 6-9 and show them how fun a career in math and science can be.

Tri-Valley is looking for volunteers to perform the following leadership roles:

  • Workshop leader or back-up workshop leader
  • Career Fair/Science Expo
  • Facilities
  • Hall monitors
  • Photographer
  • Registration

For those who participated previous years, you’ll remember how much the girls loved going from table to table meeting people and learning about the different career and college opportunities.

For more information visit

Networking with the AWIS Leadership


Thanks to East Bay AWIS Members who joined us for a Friday afternoon chat with AWIS presidents past and present. Dr. Ann Lee-Karlon, Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management and Operations at Genentech, shared stories from her time serving as AWIS President – we heard about her experience representing AWIS globally, including in front of the UN!

bahijajallalAlso present was Bahija Jallal, Executive Vice President of AstraZeneca and Head of MedImmune, who shared her vision for leading AWIS onward, building on the momentum built by Ann.

This was an insightful, yet casual opportunity for our members to connect with AWIS leadership. We look forward to more like it!


This event was held on:
Friday, Oct 7, 2016

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (PDT)