2015 Women in Science Breakfast


We would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at the Women in Science Breakfast, Monday, November 16th from 6:15 AM ongoing through 8 AM.  For the first time, the event will be held right in the Convention Center at the Seasons (2nd floor), which will allow for easy access to the student paper competition, and other early-morning events.

This year, the Women in Entomology Network joins women from the TriSocieties (American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America) in this special Women in Science Breakfast. For entomologists, this breakfast has been held each year since 1989 at the ESA Annual meeting to encourage networking, mentoring, and collegiality among established entomologists and those who are students or beginning their careers in the field, with an emphasis on encouraging more women to enter and stay in entomology.  We will once again feature birds-of-a-feather tables* with topics relating to prospective career employers (academia, industry government, etc.), ESA, and family/career issues--let us know if you have topics you'd like to see! There will also be a chance to meet the new editor-in-chief, Phyllis Weintraub, of the Journal of Insect Science. This breakfast also will be a great opportunity for attendees to meet and talk with ESA leadership and staff, to find out how to become involved and volunteer for activities and positions within their sections, branches, and the Society.  

The breakfast will be à la carte, with a menu of breakfast sandwiches, beverages, fruit, and/or muffins for purchase (cash will be faster than credit cards). This year, as last, Dow AgroSciences has generously offered to sponsor the first 175 students at this event. We hope that you will consider joining us for all or part of the time.  No RSVP is necessary; please join us if and when you can.

Hope to see you there!

Gail Kampmeier
Network coordinator, Women in Entomology


Rayda Krell
Patti Prasifka
Elizabeth Beckemeyer
Michelle Smith

*Join a group of people interested in discussing a topic of shared interest, but without a pre-planned agenda. It is not required that the topic be (the only one) discussed, but is simply a way to stimulate conversations.

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  • Thanks to everyone who hauled themselves out of bed early on Monday morning to attend this highly successful (if conversational buzz and attendance are to be believed) Women in Science Breakfast in Minneapolis! We gave out all but three of the 175 vouchers for student and postdoc breakfasts (generously sponsored by Dow AgroSciences) and had an estimated crowd of 250 people (213 signed in), including members of the TriSocieties. I would like to thank not only Rosina Romano and other ESA staff for all of the logistical support provided before and during this event, and the Women in Entomology Breakfast organizing committee, Rayda Krell, Patti Prasifka, Elizabeth Beckemeyer, and Michelle Smith, as well as Paula Mitchell for greeting attendees and distributing vouchers. We're already thinking about next year at the International Congress of Entomology (ICE2016) in Orlando where we will have additional opportunities to meet people from around the world to share our experiences.

  • Birds-of-a-Feather tables will feature career-oriented topics:

    •  Academia  •  Industry  •  Government  •  Military  •  Self employment/Small Business 
    •  Professional Society Opportunities  •  Family/Career  •  Grants  •  Science Policy  
    •  Diversity & Inclusion  •  Building your Resume: Publication, Post-Doc, Service 
    •  Professional Ethics  • Outreach/Social Media  •  International/Culture  •  Open

    Some topics will have more than one table.  Not sure what a birds-of-a-feather table is? It is a place where people interested in a particular topic can gather to talk about that topic (and others). If you are a veteran at these breakfasts, please feel free to help anchor a table/topic about which you feel enthusiasm. 

    Discipline-oriented topics are not listed here. Please attend and participate in your section/discipline meetings to interact and meet with others in your field(s) of interest.

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