International Society of Muslim Women in Science at OSU
Sultana N. Nahar - The Ohio State University
The International Society of Muslim Women in Science (ISMWS) was founded at the OSU Astronomy Department in 2010. The fraction of Muslim women in science is the lowest compared to that in any other group, but they do not know that the total number is not very small, a positive fact for confidence. They lack in resources, scopes for collaboration, support for advances, communication with others. They are also aware of their traditions, dresses, culture that are not dearly supported by Western or any other races. The objective of ISMWS was to form a network of Muslim women in science for moral support, encouragement to science and research, exchange information on higher education, jobs, fellowships, and secure possible grants for some financial need. ISMWS has motivated many females. We have over 300 members from 31 countries and have a student chapter at OSU which may expand to other institutions.