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The mission of the Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) is to generate and promote programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit. The CSOW focuses on enhancing career opportunities that advance the involvement and recognition of women immunologists in the scientific community. To this end, the CSOW

  • Maintains on our Web page a Potential Speakers/Chairs/Editors List presenting AAI member-women working in immunological research or fulfilling leadership roles in non-research careers in support of the immunology enterprise. In addition to women members who head research teams, AAI-member women who hold positions of responsibility in publishing, public affairs, non-profits, or other careers that call upon their training as immunologists are eligible for listing.

    We encourage immunologists and scientists in other disciplines to consult this resource when considering the selection of individuals to speak at meetings or seminar series, to participate on review panels, to serve on editorial boards, and to otherwise participate in professional activities.

  • Organizes, jointly with the AAI Education Committee, the annual Careers in Science Roundtable at the AAI annual meeting. Participants in this session have opportunity to discuss pressing career issues with more senior PIS who share insights and guidance derived from their own experience. Table topics typically explore a range of career options as well as career issues such as postdoc to faculty transition; careers in academia, biotech industry, government, publishing; careers outside the laboratory, balancing family and work, etc.

    View our most recent session here.

  • Sponsors the AAI Career Advisory Board (CAB), providing early-career scientists an opportunity to obtain guidance from more senior PIs having experience and insight in specific issues. The program is intended to complement and extend the service offered by the Careers in Science Roundtable at the AAI annual meeting. Through the CAB, young PIs in AAI, both men and women, receive guidance from established investigators outside their home institutions—often through a single phone call. Applicants to this web-based program specify the topic or issue they wish to address. They may also specify persons not to be contacted on their behalf. Both men and women serve as advisors.

    Learn more about the CAB here.


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