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.


Recent News


Executive Board

Lily Liu
Co-chair
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
Co-chair

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.

Kelsey Reed
Events Co-chair

Kelsey Reed is a third year Ph.D. student in the department of Chemical Engineering. Her research in the Swan Group focuses on using theory and simulations to study the self-assembly of nano emulsions in external fields. As one of the Events Co-chairs of GW@MIT, Kelsey organizes both fun and professional development events monthly to help educate, inspire, and bring women together.

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.

Taylor Baum
Outreach Chair

Taylor is a second year PhD student in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department at MIT. She received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a B.S. in Neuroscience at the Pennsylvania State University in 2019. She is currently advised by Dr. Emery Brown and Dr. Munther Dahleh. In her current work, she is developing brain state estimation algorithms for use in Closed-Loop Anesthetic Delivery (CLAD) systems and exploring mechanisms of control with the human brain through computational models. As the Outreach Chair for GWAMIT, Taylor hopes to build strong relationships between the Boston community - with an emphasis on young women in the area - and women of MIT.​

Ambar Reyes
Publicity chair

Ambar (she/her/hers) is a filmmaker and media researcher at the MIT Open Documentary Lab, where she is a graduate student in Comparative Media Studies. She is interested in visual media as a way to explore, represent and engage with the world for social change. As the Publicity Chair for GWAMIT, Ambar documents and disseminates GWAMIT events and projects to create engagement with the MIT community. 

Fiona Chatterjee
Secretary
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
Lily Liu
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Zhutian Yang
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Karen Pang
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Cherry Gao
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Devaki Sakhamuru
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Kelsey Reed
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Jennifer Hu
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Wenchao Xu
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Angelica Chincaro Donayre
Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021
Richa Naik
Conference Chair, Leadership Conference Committee, Spring 2021