gwaMIT — Graduate Womxn at MIT

Welcome to Graduate Womxn at MIT

Graduate Womxn at MIT (gwaMIT) is an organization to support MIT graduate students seeking a space to talk about the experiences of being a woman and/or being coded as a woman, while acknowledging the diversity among people who have had these experiences. We use the term “womxn” to signify that gwaMIT is a space for anyone who identifies with this mission, which may include transgender women, cisgender women, non-binary people, and gender diverse people.

We work to enhance the professional development, individual growth, and empowerment of all graduate womxn at MIT, while strengthening connections between existing groups.

In addition to our annual conferences, we host a mentoring program and a series of smaller workshops and focus groups throughout the year. Click through our pages to learn more about our organization and how to get involved.

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Executive Board

Lily Liu
Lily Liu (she/her/hers) is a second year Ph.D. student in Operations Research Center. She received her B.S. in Operations and Computer Science from Cornell University in 2020. Her research incorporates human behaviors in traditional optimization models with applications in market design and public policy. As a GWAMIT Co-Chair, she is excited to work with other organizations to build a diverse and inclusive diversity and provide support and resources for professional development for MIT graduate womxn. 
Olivia Pfeiffer

Olivia Pfeiffer (she/her/hers) is a dual-degree master’s student in the Technology and Policy Program and the Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Department at MIT. She completed her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2019. Her current research in the Olivetti Group focuses on applying machine learning to design concrete with reduced carbon footprints. As a GWAMIT Co-Chair, she is excited to amplify the voices of graduate womxn and align initiatives with other student groups to empower all members of our community.

Gayathri Muthukumar
Events Co-chair

Gayathri Muthukumar is a first-year Ph.D. student in the Biology department at MIT. She received her B.A. in Molecular Biology from Columbia University in 2019. Her research interests lie in understanding and discovering new aspects of fundamental cell biology with an eye towards potential biomedical applications. As event co-chair of GWAMIT, she organizes regular social and career development events.

Garima Sharma
Advocacy co-chair

Garima Sharma (she/her/hers) is a third year PhD student in the Department of Economics at MIT. She received a BA in Economics from Stanford University in 2015. Her research focuses on understanding women’s bargaining position in the labor market; she also studies agricultural supply chains and how best to shorten them to deliver benefits to farmers. As GWAMIT’s Advocacy Co-Chair she aims to liaise with the Title IX office and university committee on sexual harassment to make MIT safer and more inclusive. More generally she hopes to foster a happy community for graduate women at MIT.

Fiona Chatterjee
Fiona Chatterjee (she/her/hers) is a second year Ph.D. student in the Biology department. She received her B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology with a minor in Global Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley in 2019. Her research in Stefani Spranger’s laboratory focuses on the different roles that dendritic cells play in the tumor microenvironment, and how those roles impact anti-tumor immunity. As the gwaMIT Secretary, she writes the biweekly newsletter and manages the event calendars.

Committee Members

Jen Hammelman
Mentoring Committee, Executive Co-Chair

PhD student, Computational and Systems Biology

Bianca Champenois
Mentoring Committee, DEI Chair

MS student, Mechanical Engineering

Sarah Nyquist
Mentoring Committee, Events Chair
Natalie Golota
Mentoring Committee, Matching Chair
Erika Handly
Mentoring Committee
Elizabeth Quian
Mentoring Committee