What is Special about ELIS?
The Only Seminar in the World Dedicated to Empowering Women Postgraduate Students in STEM.
ELIS is a unique seminar specially crafted for women graduate students in STEM from across the globe. It provides focused training in practical leadership skills that women in STEM may otherwise lack, such as network development and effective presentation techniques. ELIS aims to motivate women in STEM to become leaders by exploring issues of gender discrimination that manifest as a bias against women in STEM and by inspiring them to overcome a range of challenges.
An Active Initiative to Foster Women Leaders in STEM
ELIS is an active attempt to patch what has been called the leaky pipeline* to leadership in science and technology fields dominated by men. This unique seminar empowers women graduate students as part of its mission to create change and foster female leaders in the STEM fields.
*The leaky pipeline is a metaphor for the disappearance of women over some career tracks.
Gaining Life-long Support and International Partners
ELIS is not simply a seminar, but an active process of creating allies and building a strong network among all the participants: future women leaders in science, keynote speakers, lecturers, instructors, ELIS staff and others who share a vision for women leadership in science and technology.
Spending this intensive time with other promising women greatly empowers young female scientists who face a range of barriers in male-dominated STEM communities. ELIS Participants build supportive friendships and win life-long academic partners who share a common understanding of the disadvantages faced by women in their field.
Nurturing Leaders with Multicultural Perspectives for a Rapidly-changing World
Participants are exposed to a number of challenges while learning to appreciate different cultures by taking part in the seminar in Korea with participants from different nations and backgrounds. Adjusting to and addressing the challenges that arise from different cultural backgrounds help our women leaders develop the global perspective and cultural understanding that form a vital component of leadership today.
Reciprocal Learning through Proactive Participation
ELIS enhances the educational process by increasing proactive participation among learners through expanded activities, discussions and workshops in every academic and non-academic programs. Such reciprocal learning not only helps participants understand the related lessons better, but also acquire practical leadership skills through hands-on experience.
Programs for ELIS
Ewha Womans University
Founded in 1886, Ewha Womans University has supported women in the STEM disciplines throughout its history. Ewha, an institution which started with a single student more than 130 years ago, has grown to be the world’s largest and most comprehensive university for women today. At the forefront of attaining gender equality, Ewha is dedicated to support the international community of women in the STEM fields with the efforts for ELIS.
Henry Luce Foundation
Established in 1936 by Henry R. Luce, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time. Inc, the Henry Luce Foundation builds upon the vision to broaden knowledge and encourage the highest standards of leadership. The foundation has devoted in fostering young STEM women with the Clare Boothe Luce Program (CBL) grant, the single and most significant source of private support for women in STEM fields, since 1989. As part of the 75th anniversary Initiative, the foundation awarded Ewha with a grant to cultivate the next generation of global women leaders in STEM.
Committees & Staff
Program and Operations Committee