Zeal Focus: Graduate Women In Science

An organization dedicated to promoting women in science is celebrating its tenth year in eastern South Dakota. 

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is a membership-based organization with 34 chapters across the United States, as well as one internationally. South Dakota is home to the Eastern South Dakota chapter and the Black Hills chapter.

GWIS was formed in 1921 at Cornell University, at a time when women were not allowed to join fraternities. Originally known as Sigma Delta Epsilon Graduate Women’s Scientific Fraternity, the organization rebranded to GWIS in 2016.


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