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Association for Women in Science Records

Identifier: 2003-003

The current collection consists of general organizational records. Administrative materials such as agendas, minutes, financial reports, bylaws, correspondences of the AWIS Gulf Coast Chapter are present. Events, fundraisers, magazines, newsletters, publications and other programs make up the rest of the collection. The bulk of the papers are dated between 1993 and 1999.

The records are arranged into twelve series: Organization, Events, Financial, Fundraisers, Magazines, Membership, Mentor, Newsletters, Publications, Scholarships, Other Organizations and Miscellaneous. The arrangement is alphabetical and chronological by year. Financial materials are separated into treasurer's reports, chapter dues and bank statements. Some related documents also are included in Fundraiser and Scholarship Series. The Events Series is a mixture of documents relevant to AWIS events and other organizations' events. Newsletters have been sorted by those published by Gulf Coast Chapter and those from national AWIS. The current organization was imposed upon the collection to standardize the various methods of filing.


  • 1976-2002

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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2.25 linear feet

Historical Information

The Association for Women in Science (AWIS) is a non-profit organization that was established in 1971. The focus of this organization is to work toward the improvement of educational and employment opportunities, as well as achieving equity and full participation for women in all fields of math and science. In addition to the national organization, there are 76 local chapters encompassing over 5,000 members throughout the United States.

The AWIS - Gulf Coast-Houston chapter is composed of approximately 160 members. The mission statement of this chapter is "Promoting opportunities for women to enter the sciences and to achieve their career goals." The chapter works toward their goals by encouraging the enrollment and participation of girls and women in all levels of math and science education, promoting the achievements of individual women scientists, supporting laws and programs with the goal of increasing the number of women in all fields of science, and by creating links among present and future women scientists.

From 1991-1993 the AWIS-GCH established a local mentoring program that was funded by the Sloan Foundation. This program linked undergraduate students with graduate students, graduate and post-doctoral student with each other, as well as with established women scientists. There was also the Shadow Program, which allowed undergraduate students to spend a day with established women scientists. Also in 1993, the chapter Co-Sponsored the UHWSP conference, The Women's Health Challenge: Take the Initiative!, which addressed social and political issues that affect women's health and health policies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donations by AWIS Gulf Coast Chapter, 2003

Processing Information

Pavan Sirsi and Priscilla Dubcak, March 2004

Guide to the Association for Women in Science Records
Pavan Sirsi and Priscilla Dubcak
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Revision Statements

  • 2021-07-16: As a part of the 2021 Special Collections reparative description project, Brooks Whittaker added subject headings to this finding aid to better represent individuals and promote discoverability of collection materials.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Houston Libraries Special Collections Repository

University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
MD Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston TX 77204-2000 USA