Resources: The Awesome List

Welcome to the Awesome List! Here’s a list of resources, articles, podcasts, groups, and more that have been recommended by our community! Check out our calendar of events for listings from us and our partner organizations!

Here’s a group of Women in Science associates at the Portland March for Science this spring, put on by our friends at Portland Science Advocates. Do you know of a great science-focused group, podcast, article, or something else we should know about? Join our discussions on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn


Higher Education

We support our colleagues in higher education! Women in Graduate Science (University of Oregon) was one of our inspirations for starting this group. Women’s Resource Center at Washington State University is another model for support in the academic environment. Are you an OHSU student? Check out the Women in Science OHSU Student Page

Local and National Policy

Are you interested in advocacy on the national level, learn what the national Association for Women in Science is doing.
Portland Science Advocates organized the March for Science in Portland – we can’t wait to see what they do next!

Interest and Professional Groups

Join Rose City Astronomers to watch the stars and learn about telescopes!

R User Group is always active and has plenty of events for beginner and advanced R users.
Women Who Code Portland runs fantastic local events focused on technical leadership, skill building, and networking.
PDX Women in Tech is another local Portland group that supports women in tech and related fields!
BioData Club supports OHSU students who want to learn programming with workshops and informal co-working sessions.
ChickTech is a Portland-based organization with chapters nationwide, which offers both professional development events and wide range of science and tech-related programming for young women.
Enjoy a talk at the science lecture series at Science on Tap.
Learn about Oregon water at the Oregon Water Science Center.
Join Neuwrite – a group that connects scientists with writers. They now have a Portland Chapter!
Calling all chemists! There is a PDX chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Youth and Outreach

Explore the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, which offers hands-on experience and great fun for the whole family! Let your child learn about science topics at one of their classes or come to one of the OMSI science pub talks.

MadScience and Saturday academy offer classes and fun science activities for kids in Portland and Vancouver.

Feral Girls Camp and Girls Inc run camps to empower young women.

Drive to Bonneville Dam in Columbia Gorge for an afternoon of learning about the dam, watching salmon jump up the fish ladder and beautiful scenery.


OTRADI has developed a map and database of all of the bioscience companies and resource organizations in Oregon. This is a great resource for any folks looking to pursue a bioscience career in the state.

Skill Building

Check out this awesome writing helper: Hemingway Editor!! This will make your writing bold and clear!

Write with Neuwrite – a group that connects scientists with writers.

Articles and Podcasts

PhDivas is an amazing podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Co-hosted by Liz Wayne & Xine Yao, this show it not to be missed!

ViaProductions offers many science and tech-related podcasts from talks given at Science on Tap, Nerd Nites, and other sciencey events in Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington. Download them here.

Read this interesting article recently published in the Cell Stem Cell Forum about strategies for advancing women in science, engineering and medicine

Are you writing references for aspiring scientists? This is a great guide on avoiding gender bias in reference writing.


General Career Books

– Richard N. Bolles: What color is your parachute?
– Barbara E. Lovitts: Leaving the Ivory Tower
– Susan Basalla & Maggie Debelius: So what are you going to do with that?

Books on freelancing/being your own boss

– Michelle Goodman: My So-Called Freelance Life
– Michelle Goodman: The Anti 9-to-5 Guide

Specific to writing

– Debora Blum, Mary Knudson & Robin M. Henig: A Field Guide for Science Writers
– Brian G. Bass & Cynthia L. Kryder: The Accidental Medical Writer
– Randy Olson: Don’t Be Such A Scientist