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Committee on the Status of Women

The Committee on the Status of Women (CSOW) is a standing committee of the AAI. The nine members of this committee are appointed by the AAI Council for staggered three-year terms. The committee is responsible for generating and developing programs that assure equal treatment of all professional immunologists on the basis of merit.

Among its career-development services, the CSOW sponsors the Career Advisory Board (CAB), providing early-faculty scientists an opportunity to obtain guidance from more senior PIs having experience and insight in specific issues. The program is intended to complement the popular Careers in Science Lecture and Roundtable at the AAI annual meeting at which moderators lead discussions on topics of great concern for early-career scientists. 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.

To enhance opportunities for women to be selected as speakers and/or chairs at professional meetings and seminar series, or to serve as reviewers, editors, board members, consultants, or in other professional capacities, the AAI Committee on the Status of Women has compiled a list of AAI member women working in immunological research or fulfilling leadership roles in non-research careers in support of the immunology enterprise. The list does not include all women in the field.*

* The committee seeks to update the list regularly and to ensure that those listed fulfill the qualifying criteria; occasional oversights may occur and are subject to correction.


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