AWIS Star Chapter Award

2012-13 AWIS Star Chapter Award Information

The Association for Women in Science’s Strategic Plan is the blueprint for organizational growth and success in the future. For the strategic plan to be effective, it must be implemented through a partnership between AWIS National and the local chapters. As each chapter contributes its part to the overall Strategic Plan, AWIS will be farther along in meeting its goals to continue to champion the interests of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Program Mission

The AWIS Star Chapter Award honors those chapters who have accomplished many of the key objectives outlined in the Strategic Plan. The award encourages chapters to perform specific activities designed to ensure that women in STEM fields are able to achieve their full potential.

Based on input from the AWIS Board and Chapters Committee, AWIS National will publish a list of chapter goals. Chapters that successfully accomplish 12 of those goals during the fiscal year – and submit a completed award application form for verification by September 30, 2013 – will be honored with a 2012-13 AWIS Star Chapter Award.

Eligibility

All AWIS Chapters in good standing can earn the AWIS Star Chapter Award. There is no limit to the number of AWIS Star Chapter Awards that can be presented in a given year. Regardless of size, budget or resources, as long as a chapter fulfills the necessary goals, it is eligible to receive the award. The chapter must submit an completed award application form by September 30, 2013 for activities completed during fiscal year 2012-13. The application must be signed by the chapter president and one other chapter officer.

Process and Deadline

The AWIS Star Chapter Award goals may change every year, reflecting adjustments in the Strategic Plan and in AWIS itself, although some goals may be constant. A few goals will be required of all chapters; however, chapters will get to decide which of the optional goals they wish to accomplish. Optional criteria are listed beneath the main AWIS Strategic Plan Goals so that chapters may correlate their accomplishments to the advancement of the Association’s aims, purposes and strategic goals and reinforce for themselves the vital role chapters and chapter leaders play in the process.

Chapters must submit the completed award application form by the deadline date. All nominations must be received on or before September 30, 2013. If mailed, the form must be postmarked no later than September 30, 2013.

All application forms will be acknowledged to the sender by email. If you do not receive a confirmation of receipt, please contact AWIS National to verify your materials arrived by the deadline.

AWIS National reserves the right to confirm and verify goals on a nomination-by-nomination basis as it deems appropriate. The AWIS Chapters Committee will make final determination on any disputed applications.

Recognition of Award

AWIS National and the AWIS Chapters Committee will verify and determine which chapters have accomplished the necessary goals to earn the AWIS Star Chapter Award. Chapters receiving this award will be recognized in the AWIS Magazine and on the AWIS website.

As an AWIS Star Chapter Award winner, the chapter will receive one complimentary AWIS STEMiNAR© registration to be used in 2013-2014, one complimentary membership to be provided to a mid-career or senior career women in science on behalf of the chapter, a certificate of achievement and use of a unique AWIS Star Chapter Award logo to promote the success of the chapter on the chapter website, newsletter, stationary, etc.

Cash Awards/Mini-Grants

In addition, to highlight the importance of the AWIS Star Chapter Award, a mini-grant program for chapters has been developed. The purpose of the mini-grant program is to support chapter initiatives focused on increasing membership recruitment and retention. Mini-grants will be provided to chapters who have been chartered by AWIS National for at least one full year with preference given to those chapters receiving an AWIS Star Chapter Award. Mini-grants may be used to cover the costs of a program, provide food/beverage at an event, pay for promotional material, etc. The amount and number of mini-grants awarded each year will be determined by AWIS National and the AWIS Chapters Committee.

Find out more information about the AWIS Star Chapter Award (like where to send nominations).

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