Marie-Josée Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (WiSE)
Supporting female scientists and promoting gender equity in science at MSK
Announcing Kravis WiSE
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has long recognized the vital importance of recruiting and supporting top female scientists. Today, women conduct a wide range of clinical and laboratory research at MSK and are leaders at all levels in the organization. Despite this progress, more needs to be done to close the gender gap in research and career opportunities.
Toward that goal, MSK is pleased to announce the creation of the Marie-Josée Kravis Women in Science Endeavor (WiSE). This wide-ranging initiative will provide essential, sustained funding for trainees, as well as mentoring and professional development to women pursuing careers in biomedical research at MSK. It will help ensure that talented MSK women reach their greatest potential in their pursuit of scientific excellence.
Kravis WiSE is made possible by a generous philanthropic gift from Marie-Josée and Henry Kravis. MSK is deeply grateful to Kravises for their long-standing dedication to supporting science and scientists at MSK.
An Integrated System of Support
The Kravis WiSE Graduate Fellowship will provide a three-year stipend and fringe benefits to a female graduate student chosen by a faculty committee through a competitive review process. One student who has completed her thesis proposal exam will be named each year. She will present her work at the annual Kravis WiSE Symposium.
The Kravis WiSE Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide a two-year stipend and fringe benefits to a female research associate or fellow who has completed at least three years of post-graduate study. She will be chosen by a faculty committee through a competitive review process. The fellow will also present her work at the annual Kravis WiSE Symposium and, as a condition of the fellowship, must apply for a K99/R00 National Institutes of Health Pathway to Independence Award to continue her research. Mentorship will be provided throughout the grant application process.
The Kravis WiSE Symposium will be held every year during Women’s History Month (March). This day-long event will host scientific leaders from MSK and other institutions. Winners of the Kravis WiSE Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellowships will present their research at the event.
More information about applying for fellowships can be found on OneMSK.
Conference travel is critical to scientists’ career success. These meetings drive learning, collaborations, and recognition. Because parents may be constrained in their conference travel due to caregiving responsibilities, the Kravis WiSE Childcare Travel Grants will defray the costs of childcare at home or the travel expenses of children accompanying a parent on a conference trip. This opportunity will be available to women or men who lead or train in an MSK laboratory and have children under the age of 10. Faculty and trainees will be prompted to apply for these grants on a quarterly basis, and an effort will be made to fund as many as possible. If necessary, a faculty committee will determine the grantees.
More information about applying for travel grants can be found on OneMSK.
July 8–20, 2020: Inaugural Symposium
The inaugural Kravis WiSE Symposium will take place virtually July 8-20, 2020. Each talk will be broadcast as part of the MSK Science Spotlight series, which is available via livestream and open to all.
- July 8: Sahana Rao, Linde Miles, PhD, and Mohita Tagore, PhD (Kravis WiSE Fellowship Winners)
- July 13: Akiko Iwasaki, PhD, Yale University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
- July 15: Ashani Weeraratna, PhD, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
- July 20: Viviane Tabar, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering