What Participants Say

Skill Development

“For me, the chance to practice the skills of negotiation and to think of oneself as capable of negotiating a better deal for myself and counteracting the challenges women face in negotiating was very valuable.”

“Knowing that my strength is getting people together, I've accepted that and been able to use those skills in my own work and in team building. Just understanding myself and then having it quantitatively and qualitatively verified was a good thing.”

“The OASIS program allowed me to strengthen critical valuable skills such as time management, negotiation, writing, speaking, and presenting. It is also a great forum for networking, and just plain fun. I would highly recommend to anyone interested in additional career development."

Networks and Mentoring

"The peer groups make you realize you're not the only one that struggles with some of these issues. We would talk about things like how do I make time to exercise because we have all these kids at home to take care of and husbands.  It’s the realization that, oh wait, it's not only me who is going crazy.”

“Not only do I now have a wonderful peer group, I also established two scientific collaborations and got three papers off of my desk."

"I leveraged the skills gleaned from my participation in OASIS to strategically grow inter-professional research collaborations. In the months since the program's completion, I have developed several original research projects with both internal and external partners, developed multiple manuscripts for submission …"

Scholarly Productivity

"I started writing an hour or so every day, and it has really changed my life. To limit distractions, I write in the morning before going to the office, and I turn off email. Now no matter what else is going on, I make steady progress on things that really matter (papers and proposals). It has definitely improved my productivity and reduced my stress levels.  Thanks to OASIS!"

This was such a positive, transformative experience. Thank you for the opportunity! I feel I am able to use my time more effectively because I prioritize better, set boundaries better, and try and make work I do ‘count twice’ for productivity.

Work-Life Balance

"The peer mentoring was thought provoking. It really made me consider my work-life balance and try to be strategic, not just putting out fires but try to plan a little more and look at the bigger picture rather than just day-to-day."

"It was helpful to build a supportive network of women who were experiencing similar issues, and brainstorming for each other how to best handle certain scenarios. Hearing how other people approached their issues helped to bring new ideas - as simple as a whiteboard with monthly goals on post-it notes, or other strategies to organize and create work/life balance."