In May 2, 10th Annual East Coast Conference was held at the University of Maryland, College Park. The members showed up from 9:30 am for registration and introduced each other having breakfast. With the welcome message from the chapter president (Dr. Eun Ju Cheong, USDA-ARS), the conference was started. Dr. Seo Eun-Suk (Professor of UMD), President of KWiSE, gave a short talk to introduce the goals and mission of KWiSE. Dr. Hye-Kyung Lee moderated keynote speeches session and two keynote speakers gave interesting talks. Dr. Kyungwha Park of Virginia Tech spoke about the nanoscale magnetic molecular transistors and Dr. Seungkyung Kim of UMD explained the history and concept of Feminism, and relations of the science and gender. In the afternoon session, we had very diverse topics covering cell biology (Dr. Kyong-rim Kieffer-Kwon, NIH), drug regulation (Dr. Tao Bai, FDA), meteorology (Dr. Hyelim Yoo, NOAA), computer science (Dr. Hyun Jeong Moon, NIST) and neuroscience (Dr. Heekyung Lee, Johns Hopkins Univ.) from research agencies and academia by Dr. Hae Won Sohn’s (NIH) moderate. In the last session of the conference, four panelists gave advice to the young scientists and engineers for their career and discussed about the role of KWiSE to build better networking women scientists in our chapter. Attendees were composed of diverse layers of people in terms of ages and positions regardless of major. Senior level scientists and professors, post doctors and graduate and under graduate students Q and A, shared the experiences each other and listen recommendations from the members. At the end of the conference, Dr. Seo awarded Dr. Kyunghwa Park, Dr. Hye-Kyung Lee and Dr. Eun Ju Cheong for their outstanding contribution to KWiSE.
The 2015 Annual East Coast conference was a success to provide career advice and networking opportunities to not only women scientists in DC area but also young generations.