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INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF MUSLIM WOMEN IN SCIENCE (ISMWS)

Our Motto: "Stay in Science (Basic or Applied)"

Our Practice: "Regardless of other commitments, of the 24 hours of the day, we save a few hours for ourselves for our scientific work"

Founder and President: Dr. Sultana N. Nahar
Established: April, 2010


  • Chapter at OSU: "ISMWS at Ohio State" (Founded: 2017)

  • OBJECTIVES
    MEMBERS
    APPLICTION & CONTACT INFO
    JOB & SCHOLARSHIPS
    ACTIVITIES
    GALLERY
    NEWS
    TRAVEL GRANT


    OBJECTIVES:

  • Support, encourage, and help, strengthen the confidence of Muslim women in Science education and profession
    - Many of us move away from profession to contribute time to other needs
    - Yet, many of us are successfully contributiong to advances in science

  • ISMWS CHARTER

  • Speech: What We Are and Why We Need the Society, April 2010

  • Article in Gazette of APS: "International Society of Muslim Women in Science (ISMWS)" (see p.8-9), Sultana N. Nahar, Fall 2013

  • 1) Women scientists in front of Ibn Sina Hall after certificate ceremony of Sultana's course, Cairo Univ 2013, 2) ISMWS members climbed up on Bab Zewela minerat at Al Azhar, Cairo, Egypt 2013: 3) International Women's Day - ISMWS at Aligarh Muslim University, India 2014, 4) Sultana presents ISMWS at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia, 2014


  • APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP & CONTACT INFO:

    L: The student (left of Sultana) from Ladakd at Goverment Degree College for Women in Kashmir was very much inspired by Sultana's speech on ISMWS and expressed herself by reciting the Quran emotionally, March 2016, M: Prof Medhar Ibrahim (in the middle), Director of Spectroscopy Department of National Research Council in Cairo, Egypt who encouraged female student researchers to attend Sultana's scientific seminar and meet her. R: ISMWS members at Arab Conference of Astronomy and Geophysics, 5th Assembly October 2016 (Sultana was a Guest of Honor, first female one, with two other Sheikhl of UAE)

    The membership is free. To be a member please send the following information

    Name:
    Degree (already achieved or working on):
    Research/Professional Area:
    Position:
    Present Institution/Lab/Company:
    Address (perferably institutional):
    Country (Nationality): , Country (Residence):
    Tel(optional): , Fax(optional): , URL(optional):
    Email (required):

    to Sultana N Nahar: nahar.1@osu.edu

    NOTE: Postal address and email address of each member will be kept private unless consented to be public.

    CONTACT INFO:

    ISMWS Contact info:

    Dr. Sultana N. Nahar (Founder and President)
    Department of Astronomy, The Ohio State University
    140 West 18th Avenue, McPherson Laboratory
    Columbus, OH 43210, USA
    Tel: 1-614-292-1888, Fax: 1-614-292-2928
    Email: nahar.1@osu.edu
    WWW: http://www.astronomy.ohio-state.edu/~nahar



    MEMBERS:

    - ISMWS members, stars of Mathematics at Aligarh Muslim University, India: (from L to R) Prof. Asma Ali (Best Researcher 2016), Ms. Umme Zinab (Gold medalist), Sultana (Physics), Prof. Nusrat Raza,, Prof. Subuhi Khan (Best Researcher 2016)

    Number of members: 243

    Number of countries: 28 (+2)

    Members from Countries:

    1. USA, 2. Afghanistan, 3. Algeria, 4. Bangladesh, 5. Canada, 6. Egypt, 7. India, 8. Indonesia, 9. England, 10. Iran, 11. Iraq, 12. Jordan, 13. Kenya, 14. Kuwait, 15. Lebanon, 16. Malaysia, 17. Morocco, 18. Oman, 19. Pakistan, 20. Palestine, 21. Russia, 22. Sri Lanka, 23. Saudi Arabia, 24. Sudan, 25. Syria, 26. Turkey, 27. United Arab Emirates, 28. Yemen
    (Additional Residence countries: 2 - Germany, Portugal)

  • List of ISMWS Members


    GALLERY:

  • Some Highlights of members:
  • There are quite number of illustrius personalities in ISMWS membership in addition to inspiring students and professionals.

  • Recognized Inispirational Models:

  • Prof. Lotfia El Nadi, Selected Inspirational Model of Cairo University, Graduation of Faculty of Science, 2015
  • Four members of ISMWS are recipients of "Woman Physicist of the Month" of APS award:

    1. Dr Ibtesam Saeed Badhrees (Saudi Arabia), 2. Dr Burcin Bayram (USA), 3. Dr Sultana N Nahar (USA), 4. Dr Qudsia Quraishi (USA),

  • ISMWS members in profession
    1 2 3
    1. Dr. Beenish Saba (Arid Agriculture U, Pakistan), Fulbright Scholar, 2. Dr. Danah Akil (Researcher, American University in Cairo) - Winner, Best Ph.D. thesis prize 2016, 3. Dr. Shazia Bashir (Full Prof. Physics, Govt. College University in Lahore, Pakistan) Research impact factor > 100

  • Ph.D. student scholars with fellowships

    1. Moheeta Khan, Junior Research Fellow of UGC, India


    ACTIVITIES:

  • Current Activities:
    i) Networking,
    ii) Sharing success news,
    iii) Circulate useful scientific news,
    iv) Circulate scholarship opportunities and job openings

  • ISMWS joined Physics Department of Aligarh Muslim University in India to celebrate the International Women's Day on March 11, 2017
    - Guest of Honor talk by Sultana: "WOMAN STARS OF KNOWLEDGE", India, March 11, 2017
    - List of invited women

  • Visit to Kashmir Women's College, India: Arranged by Physics Chair Professor Manzoor Malik, Sultana visited : "Courageous women of Kashmir", Government Degree College for Women on Maulan Azad Road, Srinagar, Kashmir, India March 24, 2016
    (Program: - Public lecture "Courageous women of Kashmir", Introducing Sultana, - Buquet from the Principal, - presenting lecture based on ISMWS, - audience, - with members of the college, - student from Ladakh which was very much inspired and recited the Quran to express herself)

  • Celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) 2016, Aligarh Muslim University

    Sponsors: Physics Department (Chair Prof. Ansari), Prof. Rahimullah Khan (Ex-Dean of Faculty of Science, Ex-Chair of Physics), Prof. Tauheed Ahmed (Physics)
    - Program

  • Chief Guest: Prof. Hamida Ahmed (Clinical Psychology of AMU and Board Member of UGC) emphasized on importance STEM education and girls should have the freedom to choose the subject. Nida Rehmani (OSU and AMU student) conducted the event. Each gave inspiring speeches including Professors Ansari (AMU), Altaf Wani (OSU), Anil Pradhan (OSU). Participants gave their statements. March 10, 2016
    Initiation by Quran telawat, - Convened by Prof. Qudsia Tahseen (Zoology of AMU and Fellow of National Academy of Science in India, Convener) - speeches by Chair Prof. Afzal Ansari of Physics Department and Cheif Guest Prof. Hamida Ahmed,, - Speech by Guest of Honor Sultana "Luminous Women of Knowledge", - Comments by Professor Asma of Mathematics
    22 members were honored with recognition, - reception, - reception2)
    News published in several newspapers:
  • AMU News: Celebration of International Women's Day, March 2016
  • AmarUjala News: Celebrati on of International Women's Day
  • Avadnama News: Opinions on women in perspective of IWD

  • Sultana meets John Glenn
  • John Glenn is an astronaut and past US Senetor. Discussed ISMWS in his office, John Glenn Institute, OSU, May 1, 2014

  • Celebration of International Women's Day (IWD) 2014, Aligarh Muslim University

  • Twenty four women were recognized with certificates for being Role model and successful professionals, at the celebrarion of International World Women's Day and presentation of ISMWS, Aligarh Muslim University, March 11, 2014
    - Inauguration of the event, - Audience, - Audience 2, - speech by Chief Guest Prof. Zakia Siddiqui for women education and financial independence, - Convener Professor Bilqees Banu for consideration of women's role in taking care of family for promotion at work, - Professor Nahar promoting science for women
    - Prof Z. Siddiqui receives certificate and Lifetime Achievement trophy, - Certificate to Prof Qudsia Tahseen a well known Zoologist. Certificate of Recognition "for her contributions as a role model for knowledge inspiration and intellectual growth",

  • Recognition trophy "for promotion as an advocate and role model of Muslim Women Scientist", Celebration of International Women's Day, Aligarh Muslim University, India, 2014,

  • ISMWS member at University of North Dakota during seminar presentaion
  • ISMWS member Ph.D. student Fatima and Professor Richard Tung, Physics Department, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, October 18, 2013

  • Sultana presents ISMWS in her talk "Women Stars in Science" at Women's College, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India, September 17, 2013

  • Pictures: Various ISMWS issues were discussed at international laser conference, UFLTA in Egypt and new members were added, April 8-12, 2012

  • ISMWS Members at Nigma Mustafa graduation in Mechanical Engineering. She starts at a steel industry, Decemer 2012

  • Pictures: One day at Al Azhar University in Cairo when physicists, chemists became members of ISMWS April 14, 2012

  • The Physics and Astronomy Department of Wayne State University in Detroit held its first session on women physicists with title speech "Women Stars in Physics", by Sultana N. Nahar
    - Pictures: "Women Stars in Physics" and ISMWS presentation, Wayne State University, Detroit, April 4, 2012

  • Pictures: ISMWS presentation at Aligarh Muslim University, India, December 13, 2011

  • Pictures: ISMWS presentation at UAEU, December 8, 2011,, - Certificate from UAEU, Advertised Notice

  • Pictures: ISMWS meeting with MSA EC at the Ohio State University, November 2011


  • NEWS:

  • ISMWS Newsletter, 2017

  • Oxford Islamic Studies Online publish Women in Science (Muslim women), November 2016 (ISMWS is cited)

  • AMU News: "International Women's Day", March 12, 2016

  • Jagran news in India: "Muslim women will understand importance of science" at International Women's Day at AMU, March 11, 2016

  • AmarUjala news: "Women will teach importance of science to children" of International Women's Day at AMU, March 15, 2016

  • Avadhnama urdu daily news: "women should be self reliant and self dependent in order to develop confidence in every realm in present day world", interviews and perspectives of four women: Bazigha Dhuru, Nida Rehmani, Karen Irving, Sultana Nahar in advance of International Women's Day, March 9, 2016

  • Newsletter of ISMWS members, September, 2015

  • Members news 2014-2015

  • News of Saudi Arabia education and research, and ISMWS members in Forum of International Physics (FIP) News: "Saudi Arabia Connection", Sultana Nahar, Spring 2015

  • Report of ISMWS event in India 2014 in "India Connection 2" at website of International Forum of Physics (FIP) of APS

  • News in Arts and Sciences News and Updates, OSU, Awards section: " Astronomy Researcher Honored by Two Indian Universities"

  • Forum of International Physics News: "Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Award for the Ohio State University ˗ Aligarh Muslim University Partnership". This STEM project emphasizes participation of equal number of male and female Indian students, September 2013

  • ISMWS news and members are included in APS FIP news article: "Egypt Connection 2", Sultana Nahar, Fall 2013

  • "Salam and News Updates", July 8, 2013, - News pictures of 2013,

  • Sultana receives: "Headliner Award", Women of Wayne, Wayne State University Alumni Association, Detroit, Michigan, April 2013

  • Sultana receives: "Shield of Faculty of Scienc", Cairo University, March 2013

  • Nahar: CSWP Woman Physicist of the Month Award of American Physical Society, March 2013

  • An article on Sultana's involvement in STEM education and research in Bangladesh "Recent Visit to Bangladesh Universities and Physics Prizes", Spring FIP Newsletter, 2013

  • Sultana N. Nahar wins 2013 John Wheatley Award of American Physical Society. The citation reads:
    "For efforts to promote physics research and teaching through collaboration, mentoring, and philanthrophy in several third-world countries, and in particular for her promotion, as both an advocate and role model, of Muslim women scientists."
    - APS June 2013 news page, The award is given every other year

  • Olla's research presentation at OSU undergrad scholar presentation, September 12, 2012. Olla's statement:
    "I spent the summer doing research in analytical chemistry under the Mayers Scholarship from the OSU College of Arts and Sciences. Furthermore, as I mentioned I am planning on applying to biophysics graduate programs with specialties in medical imaging/radiology. As you suggested I have looked into the Med. Physics program at Toledo. If anyone in our network has recommendations about similar programs I would be glad to hear them."

  • ISMWS in Egypt in FIP (Forum of International Physics) Fall 2012 newsletter article Egypt Connection by Nahar

  • The article on ISMWS work and other information in Egypt, published by the "Middle Eastern Studies Bulletion", OSU, Fall issue, 2012, pages 7-9

  • In BDNews (Bengali): BSA-OSU event for Bangladeshi culture and funding raising for a school BSA president and ISMWS member, Nigma Moustafa in red sari in the middle, BSA Advisor: Sultana Nahar is at leftmost, June 13, 2012

  • Picture of ISMWS members at OSU,, Denman Undergraduate Research Forum, Olla's presentation, Nahar's winning Outstanding Research Mentor Award, April 2012
    - News of Outstanding Research Mentor Award: in Arts and Sciences News "ASC Faculty and Research Scientist Selected for 2012 Mentoring Awards"

  • News: ISMWS receives its first fund from OSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion for ISMWS-STEM research work in Egypt, March 2012

    JOBS and SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Post your resume at: For jobs advertised at American Physical Society

  • Post your resume at: For jobs advertised at Physics Today

    JOB POSITIONS, POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS:

  • Link to APS careers Center for physics and other science jobs

  • Link to Physics Today Job listings

  • For any physis related jobs (biophysics, nuclear physics, nanophysics, etc), check Physics Today Jobs

  • For all job positions

  • Link to Astronomy Job positions

  • Physics and Astronomy positions

  • Science, Engineering, and Computing jobs

  • President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for women and minorities, University of California

  • AURA positions: AURA

  • US Goverment jobs

  • NSBRI (National Space Biomedical Research Institute) - Space Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. Detailed program and application submission information is available at NSRI. For postdoc position: Deadline is June. Questions may be directed to Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler at hackler@bcm.edu or by phone at 713-798-3013.

    FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, AND PRIZES:

  • Awards and Scholarships for Women: APS website

  • "TechWomen" STEM training in the US with scholarship for Women in African and Middle Eastern Countries

  • "Women in Science Hall of Fame" for Middle Eastern and North African women in Science, see information, for example, in 2015 Program

  • IAU PhD Prize to recognize Excellence in Astrophysics - for outstanding scientific achievement in astrophysics around the world. Each IAU Division will, once a year, have the opportunity to award its own prize to the candidate it feels has carried out the most remarkable work in the previous year.

  • NASA Postdoctoral Fellowships, -Application

  • NASA Sagan Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • NASA Internship, Fellowship and Scholarship Opportunities: NASA

  • On or about May 16, 2016, this NASA Research Announcement: “NASA Education Aeronautics Scholarship and Advanced STEM Training and Research (AS&ASTAR) Fellowship”, NNH16ZHA001N will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ [nspires.nasaprs.com]. Proposals are due by June 17, 2016, at 11:59pm EST.

  • Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) of NSF. Deadline October

  • NSF Alan T Waterman Award for young Ph.D. researcher in science or engineering
    The Alan T. Waterman Award is the highest honor awarded by the National Science Foundation. The annual award recognizes an outstanding young researcher in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation. In addition to a medal, the awardee receives a grant of $1,000,000 over a five year period for scientific research or advanced study in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, social or other sciences at the institution of the recipient~Rs choice.

  • For a graduating and young astrophysicist, "Gruber Foundation Fellowships" in any areas of cosmology and astrophysics

  • Information on the Coblentz Award and the Coblentz Society's other professional and student awards, please visit the Society's website at Coblentz Awards

  • "Katherine Weimer Award" for any female plasma scientist who received her Ph.D. within the ten-year period prior to April 1, of the year. Deadline is April 1. Nominations are active for one selection cycle (three years). The award consists of $2,000 and funds for travel to the annual meeting where the award is to be presented. The recipient will be invited to give a talk at the Division~Rs annual meeting. More details are available online.

  • Short term honored fellowships by Chinese Academy of Science: CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative(PIFI)

  • The New Scholars Program of Elseviers supports projects to help early- to mid-career women scientists balance family responsibilities with demanding academic careers: Deadline for "round 1" applications is June 24. Please see: Application

  • Sloan Research Fellowship in eight fields: chemistry, computational and evolutionary molecular biology, computer science, economics, mathematics, neuroscience, ocean sciences, and physics.
    - Application

  • Presidential Awards for MExcellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring ((PAESMEM); Deadline is June 6, Please see: Mentoring Awards

  • Scholarship for Minority Physics Major, Deadline Feb 1,

  • SDE/GWIS National Fellowships Program for research careers in the sciences by women. Deadline: January 15

  • OUSTA Award of the Society for College Science Teachers, Deadline June 1, This annual award is based upon a selection process that evaluates nominees according to the following ranked categories: 1) teaching excellence; 2) scholarship; and 3) service

  • For postdoc Marie Curie Fellowship

  • Helena Kluyver female visitor programme at ASTRON and JIVE institutes in radio astronomy, technological research and software development. Program covers all travel, food and accommodation expenses for the visitor, for up to three months. (Any nationality)

  • Harry S. Truman Fellowship 2016 [aip-info.org] Sandia National Laboratories, New Mexico

  • Outstanding Doctoral Thesis Award in Astrophysics, Deadline August 1

  • Various opportunities at Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics (KICP):
    - Visitor program
    - Workshops & Symposia
    - Fellowship program
    - PhD program
    - Cosmology Short Courses
    - Space Explorers

  • L'Oreal postdoctoral fellowship, Application for women in science online
    The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Applications will open on Movember 30, 2015 and are due on Feb 5, 2016.

    GRADUATE STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPS/FELLOWSHIPS:

  • Graduate Fellowships: Hertz Foundation

  • For graduating and new Ph.D.s in Chemistry Reaxys prize, deadline Feb 8

  • Blewett Fellowships by APS:
    To help women who are returning to research careers, such as, for a Ph.D. degree, that had been interrupted for family or other reasons. It is a one-year grant, which can be renewed, of up to $45,000 for use towards a wide range of necessities, including equipment procurement, stipend, travel, tuition, and dependent care.

  • PhD Scholarships in Solar System Science, Göttingen, Germany 2014 application

  • Fellowships for international students from Chinese Academy of Science CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative(PIFI)

  • NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program for graduate students in US universities (click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select the "NESSF 16" announcement). Deadline Feb 1, 2016

  • A good Resource of information on studying in the US

    UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIPS and SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • APS and IBM co-sponsor a 10-week research internship program for undergraduate women and underrepresented minority students. Deadline February (US citizenship is not required). Please visit the website at :
    APS Undergraduate Scholarship

  • APS grants for undergraduate women: Grants for women in physics groups to improve recruitment & retention of undergraduate women in physics, Deadline October 1

  • NASA internships for US and international (limited countries) students: Click on the following website
    Office of Education Infrastructure Division
    Check on the left box for application information

  • NASA-GSFC internship (deadline Feb 1)
    http://cresst.umd.edu/Opportunities/internship2013.html
    USRA Contact: Dr. Michael Corcoran, USRA CRESST director, at 301-286-5576 or mcorcoran_at_usra.edu.

  • The NASA Office of Education Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) solicits proposals from students pursuing graduate degrees in NASA relevant STEM disciplines. NASA OE MUREP ASTAR Fellowship seeks independently conceived fellowship proposals from student applicants, specifically in areas of projected deficiencies in the NASA future STEM workforce. Selected students will perform graduate student research at their respective campuses during the academic year as well as conduct research at a designated NASA field Center during an annual 10 – 15 week Center based research Experience (CBRE).
    Funding is provided for a maximum of three years.
    On February 5, 2015, this Amendment to the NASA Research Announcement "Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) 2014" NNH14ZHA001N was posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/
    Questions concerning Appendix K, NASA OE MUREP ASTAR Fellowships, may be directed to Brenda Collins, NASA OE Fellowships Manager, NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), E-mail: NASA.Fellowships@nasaprs.com.

  • Goldwater scholarshlip for undergraduate student in science for US citizens and permanent residents

    HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS:

  • Youth Exchange & Study Program (YES):
    - Ayusa is proud to work with the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Program (YES) to bring bright and talented high school exchange students to the United States!
    - The YES initiative was a result of Congressional discussions following the events of September 11, 2001, to build bridges of understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations.
    -For details of YES program, visit YES website
    Countries:
    Albania, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Egypt, Gaza, Ghana,  India, Indonesia, Israel (Arab Communities), Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait,  Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali,  Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan,  Philippines,  Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa,  Suriname,  Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey,  West Bank, Yemen


    TRAVEL GRANTS FOR CONFERENCES/VISIT PROGRAM:

  • Each conference applies for fund for various expenses, including support for a certain number of participants. So after submission of tye abstract, write to the Chair of the Organizing Committee that you would like to attend the conference and like to apply for fund available for the trip. Also apply to you home institution for the spport.

    The agencides give travel grants - please check the process early to get the grant in time

  • IUPAP/UNESCO fund supporting Women in Physics in Developing and Eastern European Countries to attend conferences. Send application or get information from Jackie Beamon Kiene at beamon@aps.org

  • FGSA Travel Award for Excellence in Graduate Research: Apply by May 20 -Graduate students who are members of APS and FGSA are eligible to apply for a travel award of up to $500. To apply, send a CV and up to 2-page statement of purpose describing applicant~Rs interest in the conference and how his/her participation will benefit him/her personally and professionally to fgsatravel@aps.org. They also have to include a list of objectives they hope to accomplish during the conference. The deadline is May 20 for conferences in the third quarter of 2013 (July 1st ~V September 30th). Decisions will be made by the end of May.

  • New AAS Resource: FAMOUS: The AAS Council has established a program to enable people from disadvantaged groups to attend society meetings. To enhance the diversity of attendees, FAMOUS (Funds for Astronomical Meetings: Outreach to Underrepresented Scientists) grants, in the amount of up to $1000 will be awarded to AAS members to present his or her research.  For more information, please see FAMOUS

  • International Research Travel Award Program, for presentations at conferences, American Physical Society

  • Distinguished Student Seminar Program DS3, for graduate and undergraduate students to travel within US or international to APS conferences

  • "APS-IUSSTF Physics Ph.D. Student & Post-doc Visitation Program and Professorship Awards", US-India Travel grant, The Indo-US Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) sponsors and APS administers the exchange of physicists, physics Ph.D. students, and postdocs between India and the United States

  • Applied Sciences Travel Awards fir Postdocs, Applied Sciences, mdpi.com


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