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WORMS Business Meeting: New Childcare Travel Fund and Mentorship Network

by Susan Martonosi on November 10th, 2014

Calling all supporters of women in OR/MS (WORMS)!

The WORMS forum launched two new initiatives for its members this year: a childcare travel fund and a mentorship network.  At our business meeting yesterday, it became clear that not all members are aware of these, so here is some information about the two programs:

WORMS Childcare Travel Fund

This fund will partially reimburse recipients for up to $200 in costs associated with care for children age 12 years or younger traveling with a parent who is participating in the INFORMS Annual Meeting.  Full application procedures and award guidelines are given at  We hope this will make it easier for new parents to attend the conference and foster their professional development.

WORMS Mentorship Network

If you are willing to be a mentor to another INFORMS member, or you are seeking a mentor, then please sign up for the WORMS Mentorship Network through the WORMS Community on INFORMS Connect.

These are two great reasons to join WORMS if you haven’t already!

Attendees to the business meeting spoke passionately about the need for more guidance  in areas such as negotiating salaries, being recognized professionally in the form of INFORMS Board and INFORMS Fellow positions and navigating other barriers to women in the workplace.  Keep your eyes open for activities next year addressing some of these concerns.  I hope to see you at our great cluster of sessions Tuesday!

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