WiSE Symposium – Friday, April 29

WiSE is excited to announce the program for our 2016 Research Symposium. There will be a keynote address, student talks/posters, and a panel discussion. RCR credit will be given for the keynote address and the panel discussion. Learn about the event and apply to give a poster or talk below!


When: Friday, April 29

Where: Field Auditorium, Environment Hall 

RSVP to attend the keynote and/or the panel! (see below)


12-1 pm: Keynote Address by Dr. Desdamona Rios, University of Houston-Clear Lake (Eligible for RCR credit! Lunch provided)

Title: Intersectionality, invisibility and outsider-within standpoints in STEM

Dr. Desdamona Rios is assistant professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. She holds a joint doctorate in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan, Dr. Rios worked on Michigan’s ADVANCE program as well as the Global Feminisms Project, an international archival project that documents women’s leadership. In addition to developing programs to promote institutional change at UHCL, her current projects examine the relationship between culturally relevant cues in academic contexts for at-risk Hispanic American high school students and LGBT college students. She has also published work on her pedagogical practices, including the importance of making visible the accomplishments of marginalized groups across course curricula. She currently serves as consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, the top journal for feminist psychology, and was recently awarded by the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (American Psychological Association, Division 9) a national teaching award recognizing her innovative approaches for teaching intersectionality theory across the psychology curriculum.


1-3:30 pm: Student Talks and Posters

We encourage Duke grad students and postdocs from any field and of any gender to

apply to present your research at the symposium! The WiSE Symposium is a great opportunity to share your work with a diverse scientific audience in a supportive and encouraging environment.

You can apply to give a short (10-15 minute) talk or a poster presentation though the links below:

Talk submissions (deadline: April 15)

Poster submissions (deadline: April 22)

Any questions about presentations can be directed to Paige (paige.daniel@duke.edu) or Amy (amy.hafez@duke.edu).


3:45-5 pm: Panel Discussion, Topic: Systemic solutions for the challenges to diversity in STEM (Eligible for RCR credit! Happy Hour drinks and snacks provided)

Panelists include

Dr. Desdamona Rios, Psychology and Women’s Studies, University of Houston-Clear Lake

Dr. Angel Harris, Sociology, Duke University

Dr. Susan Lozier, Earth and Ocean Sciences, Duke University



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