November 2013:  OSA Foundation became WiSTEE Connect Sponsor 

The OSA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation established by The Optical Society (OSA) in 2002 to carry out charitable activities that support OSA’s mission of promoting the generation, application, archiving and worldwide dissemination of knowledge in optics and photonics. The foundation helps cultivate the next generation of leaders and innovators in the optics and photonics community as they move through advanced degree programs and become active members of research and engineering communities around the globe. To date, The OSA Foundation has awarded more than 800 grants, scholarships, and prizes benefiting thousands of individuals in more than 55 countries. For more information, visit

October 2013: WiSTEE Founder and Chairperson Dr. Jie Qiao provided a keynote speech at the Minority and Women Networking Event, Frontier in Optics, Orlando.

She discussed promoting women leadership in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship; bridging the gap between Science and Business; and providing a forum to learn, connect and lead. Over 100 international attendees attended the session. See live record here

August 2013: WiSTEE Connect hosted a special global event during the 2013 International Summer Session on Optical Design, Engineering, and Fabrication, co-organized by the Optical Society of America (OSA) and the Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics (CIOMP).

Over 80 international attendees attended the event including faculties, post-doc, graduate and undergraduate students from USA, China, Iran, South Africa and some other countries in Europe. WiSTEE Founder and Chairperson Dr. Jie Qiao, joined by a number of WiSTEE  members including Dr. Jannick Rolland, Xiangliu, Jinxing Huang,  introduced WiSTEE Connect, an organization providing cross-disciplinary and cross-university mentorship, connectivity, and leadership opportunities to women interested and aspired to succeed in science and entrepreneurship. It aims to help women faculties, students, and engineers to gain regional connections and global impact in the STEM field. Dr. Qiao also led a discussion on what it means to be a woman in STEM, the specific challenges to face, and the possible paths to overcome obstacles. 

May 2013: WiSTEE Connect established partnership with Minority & Women in OSA (MWOSA)

Minorities and Women in OSA (MWOSA) is dedicated to providing focused educational and networking opportunities, career support, grant information and related services to minorities and women in optics and photonics. Activities include:

For more information visit

April 2013: WiSTEE Connect established the WiSTEE-Boni Student Travel Grant

Thanks to Mr. Robert Boni and Ms. Diane Boni, the WiSTEE-Boni travel grant was established to provide WiSTEE members with international exposure and perspectives and enhance their academic and research experience.

March 2013: Congresswoman Louise Slaughter has recognized the WiSTEE initiative and taken an interest in this group

See link to Opening Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics to More Women