About Us


Founded in August 2012, the Association for Women in Science – Notre Dame Chapter (AWIS-ND) has become the most active graduate student group at the University of Notre Dame, organizing 25 activities in partnership with 11 other graduate student and university groups during the 2015-2016 academic year.

Last Updated: 09/21/2018



Our Mission Statement


"AWIS champions the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across all disciplines and employment sectors. Working for positive system transformation, AWIS strives to ensure that all women in these fields can achieve their full potential."

From AWIS-ND:
Our mission is to initiate, encourage, and engage women in STEM in a welcoming and supportive environment, creating a sense of belonging and providing opportunities for success.

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Meet the AWIS-ND Officers


Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2018 - 2019


Dr. Rebecca Wingert Faculty Advisor since 2012

Email: rwingert@nd.edu

Dr. Rebecca Ann Wingert is an Associate Professor of Biological Sciences and Gallagher Family Professor of Stem Cell Research at the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Wingert received dual undergraduate degrees in Biology and English from Muhlenberg College in 1999, and subsequently earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Developmental Biology from Harvard University in 2005. She worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow and Instructor at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School until 2010, where she accrued further training in Genetics and Stem Cell Biology. Dr. Wingert came to Notre Dame in 2010 to start her independent research laboratory, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Stem Cell Biology, Stem Cell Aging, Development and Organ Regeneration.

At Notre Dame, the Wingert laboratory studies the mechanisms that direct kidney formation. They perform basic research to elucidate how nephrons, the functional unit of the kidney, are made during development and regenerate after injury using the zebrafish, Danio rerio. The long-term goals are to discover new biomedical interventions that can be used to treat or prevent kidney disease. To support these endeavors, Dr. Wingert received a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Award from the March of Dimes in 2011, which recognizes promising young investigators pursuing research that aims to understand and treat developmental defects in children. Research in the Wingert lab is also supported by several multi-year grants from the National Institutes of Health, including the Director’s New Innovator Award (2011-2016) to study the mechanisms of kidney regeneration, and a Research Project (R01) Award (2013-2018) to identify genetic models of kidney birth defects using zebrafish.

Rebecca Wingert

Madeline Smith President

Email: msmith60 at nd dot edu
LinkedIn: Public Profile

Madeline is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame. She received her BS in chemistry from Georgia Southern University. Madeline works in Professor Marya Lieberman's lab developing paper analytical devices (PADs) to detect chemotherapy drugs and quantify iodide levels in biological fluids. She is passionate about using chemistry to solve real-world problems. In her free time, Madeline enjoys volunteering at La Casa de Amistad, spending time outside and reading a good book.

Madeline Smith

Arielle Lopez Vice President

Email: alopez7 at nd dot edu
LinkedIn: Public Profile

Arielle is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She graduated with a B.S. in chemistry from Illinois State University. She is currently working under Dr. Paul Bohn developing a technique for the rapid electrochromic detection of liver enzymes for the early detection of sepsis in preventing cases of septic shock. Arielle is excited to carry on the wonderful legacy laid out by past AWIS leaders and hopes to inspire future generations of women in STEM to continue succeeding and leading.

Arielle Lopez

Caitlin Kent Treasurer

Email: ckent3 at nd dot edu

Caitlin is originally from Simsbury, CT. She received her B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Saint Joseph, and holds a M.S. in Medicinal Chemistry from The University of Kansas. Caitlin is currently a fourth-year graduate student in the department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, working on the development of isoform-selective Hsp90ß N-terminal inhibitors in the lab of Dr. Brian Blagg.

Caitlin Kent

Danielle Geremia Secretary

Email: dgeremia at nd dot edu
LinkedIn: Public Profile

Danielle is a second year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She graduated from the University of Scranton with a B.S. in Chemistry. As the senior member of the Serrano lab, her research involves studying potential inhibitors of amyloid aggregation to find a drug for Alzheimer's disease, utilizing Two Dimensional Infrared Spectroscopy (2DIR).

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Mauna Dasari Outreach Chair

Email: mdasari at nd dot edu


LinkedIn: Public Profile

Mauna is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences. She graduated with a B.S. in Microbial Biology and a B.A. in Anthropology from UC Berkeley. Her research in the Archie Lab focuses on how the bacterial composition of the gut changes over time in wild baboons. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering with local organizations dedicated to communicating science to broader (and younger!) audiences.

Mauna Dasari

Chissa Rivaldi Professional Development Chair

Email: crivaldi at nd dot edu
LinkedIn: Public Profile

Chissa Rivaldi is a fourth year PhD student in the biology deptartment . After completing her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Texas at Austin, she received a M.Sc. in biology from the University of Texas at Tyler. She is studying computational genomics under Dr. Hope Hollocher and is currently focused on population dynamics by studying the genetics of primates in southeast Asia. Her current work implements bioinformatic methods to gain metagenomic adaption and epidemiological information on a population level. She is committed to promoting equality and open communication in science, and looks forward to a great year working with AWIS!

Chissa Rivaldi

Tierney Miller Social Chair

Email: tmiller24 at nd dot edu
LinkedIn: Public Profile

Tierney is currently a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry doing research. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. Her current research in theoretical chemistry under Professor Steven A. Corcelli focuses on simulating aqueous hydroxide solutions to understand the effect different cations have on the vibrational spectroscopy and proton transfer mechanisms of hydroxide. In her free time, Tierney's favorite thing to do is to play ultimate frisbee!

Tierney Miller

Janice Love Social Media Chair

Email: jlove5 at nd dot edu
Personal Website: Janice's Website
LinkedIn: Public Profile

Janice is a fourth year graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences working for Dr. Rebecca Wingert. She received her BA in Biology from the University of St. Thomas in Houston Texas. When she's not in lab, Janice enjoys volunteering with SAWS and spending time outdoors with her dogs.

Janice Love


Departmental Representatives 2018 - 2019


  • Electrical engineering: Junchi Lu
  • Computer Science and Engineering: Rosaura Vidal
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry: Sarah Bliese
  • Biological Sciences: Basma Adeeb
  • ACMS: Samantha Sherman
  • Physics: Patricia Huestis
  • Psychology: Julaine Zenk

Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2017-2018


  • President: Sarah Lum
  • Vice President: Suzie Neidhart
  • Treasurer: Rusha Chatterjee
  • Secretary: Arielle Lopez
  • Outreach Chair: Emily Amenson-Lamar, Mauna Dasari
  • Professional Development Chair: Chissa Rivaldi
  • Social Chair: Madeline Smith
  • Social Media Chair: Janice Love


Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2016-2017



Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2015 - 2016



Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2014 - 2015




Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2013 - 2014




Meet AWIS-ND Officers 2012 - 2013



Meet AWIS-ND Founding Committee


Stephanie Lyons, MacKenzie Warren, Melissa Davidson, and Katie Grayshan