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Atomic Women Resource Group

Networking opportunities, support and education for women in science and engineering at the Laboratory

Contact Us  

  • Laura Mcclellan
  • (505) 667-4196
  • Email

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Standing together for women in science

Atomic Women is an ERG that provides support and networking opportunities for women in STEM fields, to help them thrive, at work, at home, and in the community.


Atomic Women began in the summer of 2007 in an effort to connect female students with female Lab employees.

Our initial goal was to introduce women summer students to women scientists, and our first event was a panel discussion on graduate schools and early careers in science. When the summer ended and the students returned to their universities, we discovered that we enjoyed meeting, networking, providing interesting programs and speakers at our meetings, and we continued to meet monthly, the last Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1 pm.

With the involvement of P-Division women, and women and men in several other LANL Directorates, we have grown in numbers.  

WHAT we do


Our primary goal is to provide networking opportunities, and support and education for women in science and engineering at the Lab.  We have no officers, no dues, no budget, and no paperwork.  The tasks are minimal:  sending email announcements, coordinating with guest speakers, leading the meeting.  Though we have core leaders now, we are open to rotating leaders for specific meetings.

Interests and activities

The group organizes panel and informal discussions with invited speakers on such topics as: 

  • mentoring, career development 
  • stress management and resiliency 
  • HR issues, gender bias in science and engineering, diversity issues 
  • workplace communication 
  • leadership skills 
  • coaching 
  • work-life satisfaction
HOW to get involved

Anyone at the Lab (students, post-docs, scientists and engineers, managers) who supports women in STEM fields is welcome to join the group.  We also welcome non-Lab employees who are active in or retired from a STEM related career. 

If you are interested in participating in any of our meetings or events please contact us!

Calendar of Events
Date Time Event Name Location
Every Thursday 5 - 6 p.m. Virtual Happy Hour Join Zoom Meeting
Phone: 1(346)248-7799
Meeting ID: 853 5058 3560
Password: 900900
April 27 12 - 1 p.m. 

Overview of Summer Physics Camp for Young Women and the Athena Program by Anna Llobet, Michelle DeCroix, and Elli Vigil

WebEx Meeting Link

Meeting number (access code): 133 831 6172
Meeting password: vFbM3sxrJ43

March 30 1 - 2 p.m.

Virtual Talk by NSRC Team - "The Women of Project Y"

Please contact Atomic Women leaders for meeting details

March 17 4 - 5 p.m.

Virtual Talk on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts at LANL by Katherine Haight/ODSS

Please contact Atomic Women leaders for meeting details

March 10 3 - 4 p.m.

Picture a Scientist movie – virtual discussion with women’s Employee Resource Groups

 Join Zoom Meeting https://lanl-us.webex.com/webappng/sites/lanl-us/meeting/info/2ab5525e8f5444ed914324addf254f7b?siteurl=lanl-us&MTID=m5f70502d97e3abbe0688dd05a1f9b3a9 
Phone: 1-415-655-0002 
Meeting ID: 133 401 6624
Password: JXmMQrKe523

February 23, 2021 1 - 2 p.m. Virtual Talk by Dr. Harshini Mukudan on Bias and Diversity in Science

Virtual Meeting

November 17, 2020 11 a.m. Holidays and COVID-19 Discussion Virtual Meeting