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Women-in-Science Group Celebrates 75 Years

April 7, 1997

Sigma Delta Epsilon (SDE), a group that has been uniting graduate school women in the sciences for 75 years, will celebrate its anniversary during a ceremony Friday, April 18.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Memorial Union (check “Today in the Union” for the room), and will include welcoming remarks and speeches from past SDE officers and UW–Madison staff. The public, especially past members or potential new members, is welcome to attend.

The chapter will also honor Bette Barnes, an emerita lecturer in physiology who has been active with the organization for 50 years.

Sigma Delta Epsilon, also known as Graduate Women In Science, formed its first chapter at UW–Madison in 1922, and since then has helped thousands of women pursuing graduate degrees further their research interests and find a community of support.

The organization grants competitive research scholarships, hosts professional development workshops and organizes an annual science career fair for junior high school women. For more information about SDE or the ceremony, call Rose Kerwin at 263-6321 or email