Bringing Together









Clear and engaging scientific communication is an important skill for all scientists to cultivate. The Young Scholars Conference focuses on empowering individuals of all underrepresented genders to effectively present themselves and their data in any career endeavor.

Redefining Young Scholars

What is YSC? The mission of the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity at Brown is "building on distinction", to build on the historical distinction of Brown University and to grow an even better and brighter university in the 21st century. Like Brown, the field of scientific research has historically held a badge of prestige. The Young Scholars Conference aims to improve upon this by uplifting womxn to encourage lasting diversity within the sciences, while providing all under-represented genders with the skills necessary to ensure that their scientific research continues to be widely understood and respected.

Saturday Oct. 20th

8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Breakfast Alumnae Hall

8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Interview How-To Workshop Alumnae Hall

9:30 - 12:00 p.m. Mock Interviews Smith-Buonanno Hall 

12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Career Panel  Alumnae Hall

1:30-2:30 p.m. Chalk Talk/Job Talk Workshops Smith-Buonanno Hall

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Coffee Break Smith-Buonanno Hall

2:45 - 4:45 p.m. Practice Job/Chalk Talks Smith-Buonanno Hall 

5:00 p.m. Conference Closing & Feedback Smith-Buonanno Hall

Friday Oct. 19th

11:30 - 12:00 p.m. Check In Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch & Conference Welcome Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Keynote Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Poster Fair Alumnae Hall Auditorium

4:00 p.m. Group Photo Alumnae Hall Auditorium

4:15 - 6:00 p.m. Science Communication Workshop Alumnae Hall Auditorium

6:30 p.m. Dinner Crystal Room, Alumnae Hall

Keynote Speakers

Kay M. tye, PhD

Associate Professor, Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, MIT


Career Panelists

Amalia Ávila-Figueroa, Phd Heather Bennet, PhD Iris Wagstaff, PhD Gelonia Dent, PhD

Senior Scientist, Biocytogen Assistant Professor, Bard College STEM Program Director, AAAS Science Center Director, Brown U.

YSC 2018 would not be possible without the generous funding of OIED and the leadership of GWiSE!


Brown's strategic plan emphasizes the value of developing an academic community that embodies the social and intellectual diversity of the world. The University is committed to this vision with the goal of positioning Brown to achieve the highest level of academic excellence and to prepare our students to thrive and lead in the complex and changing settings they’ll encounter after they graduate.

The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) is a critical leader in supporting these goals at all levels of the University.



Graduate Women in Science + Engineering (GWiSE @ Brown University)

  • Meghan Gallo
  • Megan Gura
  • Valerie Estela
  • Cintia DeCastilho
  • Adeene Denton