Chatham University


Chatham University is a founding member of PLEN (the Public Leadership Education Network), a coalition of women’s colleges and universities that offers Washington DC-based seminars and internships. The Center offers scholarships for Chatham students to attend PLEN Seminars throughout the year. PLEN Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis. These trips are typically attended by pre–law students (Women, Law & Public Policy Seminar), science majors (Women & Science/Technology Policy Seminar), and for those with more general policy interests the Women and Congress or Women and International Policy seminars. Participants in PLEN seminars or internships have credit-earning opportunities. The Center coordinates applications to the PLEN program. Contact the PCWP at for additional information about conference registration, credit, and financial assistance for participation.

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Women in Health Policy

Women in STEM Policy

Women in Public Policy

Women Influencing Washington

Women in Global Policy

What Chatham Students Say…

Attending PLEN's Women in Science & Technology Policy Seminar in Washington DC, allowed me to explore the diverse career paths where knowledge of public policy and a strong scientific vocabulary are critical. This conference gave me the privilege to meet with administrators from multiple DC based organizations including the National Institute of Health, the Department of Homeland Security, the Executive Office of Science and Technology Policy,and the American Psychological Association. I would recommend any student interested in science and policy from Chatham to attend this conference!

– Linah Richer, BS Biochemistry

I wouldn't give up my PLEN experience for the world. For two days, I was surrounded by strong, confident, intelligent women who not only inspired me to continue pursuing my career path, but who were also completely willing to share their knowledge and experiences.

– Kitoko Chargois, BA Professional Communication