Women’s Impact Network Announces 2019 Grant Recipients


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The Women’s Impact Network (WIN) is pleased to announce its third year of grant awardees. In 2019 WIN will award over $285,000, funding 21 of 32 grant proposals. The applicants represented faculty, staff, students, and alumnae, submitting proposals ranging from student and faculty support, to research, diversity and inclusion, conferences, leadership, and innovation and entrepreneurship. WIN invites you to celebrate the awardees at a special WPI community event:

The grant recipients will be awarded at 12:30 p.m. in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center of the Foisie Innovation Studio on Saturday, April 6, as part of the “Celebrating 50 Years of WPI Women Advocating for our Future” event. This portion of the event will also include a panel discussion featuring WPI staff and alumnae, focused on the Art of Advocacy.    

2019 winning proposals:

  • Goat Tank Reimagined: Expanding Women Engagement in I&E and WPI Humanitarian Projects

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Curtis Abel, Professor of Practice, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

    CO-AUTHORS: Shams Bhada, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

    Leslie Dodson, Co-Director, Global Lab, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

    Kimberly LeChasseur, Research and Evaluation Associate, Center for Project-Based Learning

    Paula Quinn, Co-Director, Center for Project-Based Learning

    Donna Levin, Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Placement Optimization in Refugee Resettlement

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Narges Ahani, PhD Student, Data Science

  • Sonia Kovalevsky Day: Math Outreach Initiative for Female Middle-School Students

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Andrea Arnold, Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences

  • PBL To Go: Bringing STEM Experiential Learning to a Classroom Near You

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Kris Boudreau, Professor and Department Head, Humanities & Arts

    CO-AUTHORS: David DiBiasio, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Sarah Wodin-Schwartz, Assistant Teaching Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Elizabeth Stewart, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering

    Leslie Dodson, Co-Director, Global Lab, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

  • Making a Difference in the World with Women in STEM – A WPI conference for Worcester Public High School women teachers, students, and mothers/supporters

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Katherine Chen, Executive Director, STEM Education Center

    CO-AUTHORS: Nicole Anterni, Director of Sponsorships & Events, Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs

    Katie Elmes, Director of Equity, Access & Community, STEM Education Center

    Donna Taylor, Assistant Director of Professional Development, STEM Education Center

  • Women in the World: Showcasing IQPs that Impact the Lives of Women and Girls

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Leslie Dodson, Co-Director, Global Lab, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

    CO-AUTHOR: Stephen McCauley, Co-Director, Global Lab, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

  • WIN Women’s Young Investigator Fellowship: Providing WPI Students and Faculty with Mentorship and Research Conference Opportunities for Research 

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Avery Harrison, Full-time MS/PhD Research Assistant, Learning Sciences & Technologies 

    CO-AUTHORS: Erin Ottmar, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences & Technologies, Social Science & Policy Studies

    Katie Sawrey, Post-doctoral Research Scientist, Learning Sciences & Technologies, Social Sciences 

    Taylyn Hulse, Full-time MS/PhD Graduate Research Assistant, Learning Sciences & Technologies

    Maiya Mitchell ‘20

  • Future Women in Pre-Health

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Caroline Johnson ‘19

    CO-AUTHORS: Adora Le '21

    Curtis Abel, Professor of Practice, Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

    Louis Roberts, Assistant Teaching Professor, Biology & Biotechnology 

  • Yoga meets Physics: Experiencing a Novel Dimension of Wellness

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Snehalata Kadam, Assistant Teaching Professor, Physics

    CO-AUTHOR: Diyala Bera

  • Leading Women and Gender Equity Speaker Series

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Brian Kelley, Head Men’s Soccer Coach, PE Instructor, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Advisory

    CO-AUTHORS: Cherise Galasso, Head Women’s Basketball Coach, Associate Athletic Director, Senior Women’s Administrator

    Stephanie Riley-Schafer, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, PE Instructor

  • Tinkerbox

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Donna Levin, Executive Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

  • Professional Development Series

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Heidi Morton, Career Advisor, Career Development Center

    CO-AUTHORS: Faria Kader ‘20

    Riky Hanlan, Career Advisor, Career Development Center

  • Fostering Collaboration in Teaching, Research, and Entrepreneurship among Faculty, Students, and Alumnae

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Rodica Neamtu, Associate Teaching Professor, Computer Science

  • The Body Project

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Sabrina Rebecchi, Assistant Director, Student Development and Counseling Center

    CO-AUTHOR: Jessica Szivos, Assistant Director, Office of Accessibility Services

  • Supporting Women in Data Science via the Women in Data Science Symposium: Fostering Diversity, Community, Mentorship, Outreach, and Global Impact all in one!

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Elke A. Rundensteiner, Professor, Computer Science and Director, Data Science

    CO-AUTHORS: Ramona Ashan, Fullbright Fellow, Computer Science

    Allison Rozet, GAANN Fellowship, Data Science

    Erin Teeple, Data Science TA

    Fatemeh Emdad, Associate Teaching Professor, Data Science

  • Artist-in-Residence Series: Reflecting Underrepresented Voices in Media

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Ingrid Shockey, Associate Teaching Professor, Global Studies

    CO-AUTHOR: Stephen McCauley, Co-Director, Global Lab, Interdisciplinary & Global Studies

  • WRAMP: Women’s Research and Mentorship Program 3.0

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Suzanne Sontgerath, Director, Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs

    CO-AUTHORS: Katherine Chen, Executive Director, STEM Education Center

    Tiffiny Butler, Assistant Teaching Professor, Biomedical Engineering

  • ODS Ambassador Mentoring Women with Disabilities in STEM

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Jessica Szivos, Assistant Director, Office of Accessibility Services

    CO-AUTHOR: Laura Rosen, Director, Office of Accessibility Services

  • We LEAD 

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Casey Wall, Director, the Housing & Residential Experience Center

  • Women of WPI Fall Conference

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Jami Walsh ‘97

    CO-AUTHOR: Alison LeFlore ‘09

  • Expanding the Early Research Experience in E (summer) Term to promote and support female participation

    PRIMARY AUTHOR: Catherine Whittington, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering 

    CO-AUTHOR: Debra Boucher, Director of Special Academic Programs