GWiSE has two main missions: to build a supportive community for female graduate students and post doctoral scientists and engineers, and to pursue a mentoring program with outreach into the Rhode Island community and beyond. We collaborate with various organizations on campus (e.g., SACNAS, New Scientist Program, WiSE) to fulfill our mission and vision. We seek to support and uplift womxn and other underrepresented groups in science and engineering.

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Cintia is a video game nerd and passionate traveler. After graduating with a chemical engineering degree from Federal University of Pernambuco - Brazil she joined Dr. Robert Hurt's lab of environmental and health nanoscience as a NIEHS Superfund Trainee. She is pursuing her PhD in engineering with focus on breathable wearable graphene-enable fabrics. She is the finance coordinator for GWISE.


Adeene denton

Adeene Denton is both a scientist and a historian, focused on approaching future planetary exploration from a scientific and humanistic perspective. She holds undergraduate degrees in geophysics and history from Rice University, and is currently a Presidential Fellow as she pursues her PhD at Brown University in planetary geoscience, with a focus on early martian climatic and geologic history. She is the media coordinator for GWiSE at Brown. 


valerie estela

Valerie is a neuroscientist with a passion for learning. After graduating with a BS in biology from Lehigh University, Valerie worked in industry for several years conducting preclinical trials of drugs before coming to Brown. She now works in Rebecca Burwell's lab studying the neural representations of complex spatial learning and memory. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow as well as a recent NIH F99/K00 career transitional award recipient. Valerie is the community coordinator for GWiSE at Brown.


meghan gallo

Meghan is a behavioral neuroscientist studying the effects of early life stress on reward circuitry development. She received her BA from Providence College in Psychology with a certificate in Neuroscience. As an undergraduate, she managed Pamela Snodgrass Belt's lab studying the effects of competing circadian cues on stress. Additionally, she worked as a project manager a multi-intitional collaboration studying the role of adolescent stress and GABA-A pathway on behavioral development. Meghan is currently a third year student pursuing her PhD under the mentorship of Kevin Bath at Brown University. She is the outreach coordinator of GWISE, organizing efforts to engage with the local Rhode Island community through science.


megan gura

Megan is a reproductive biologist in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Freiman, studying a gene called TAF4B and its role in female fertility. She received a BS in Biology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Albany with minors in Neuroscience and Chemistry. Megan is a volunteer in the Brown Junior Researchers Program where she helps teach elementary and middle school students fun science topics and perform experiments. In her spare time, she likes to play video games and read books. Megan is the logistics coordinator for GWiSE at Brown.


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