AWIS-SL Update

Jane Eason, Ph.D., P.T., President 

The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter is dedicated to empowering women in science and technology by providing a platform for networking opportunities and career development programs, and to promoting an interest in science among girls and young women.  The AWIS Southern Louisiana chapter welcomes all persons interested in furthering the careers of women in science.

The cost to join the national organization is $150.00 annually as a professional member and $65.00 annual for junior members (students, postdocs).  To join only the AWIS-SL chapter only, professional and junior member dues are $25.00 annually and $10.00 annually for students.  We use this money to help fund our Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award for graduate students/post-docs as well as for other community outreach events.  If you are interested in joining the local AWIS chapter, please contact our treasurer, Allison Augustus-Wallace at

We’ve had a busy spring with our mentoring lecture series.  Dr. Mary Coleman provided an excellent seminar titled “The Art of Healthy Feedback” on February 9 and Dr. Florencia Polite provided another excellent seminar titled “The Mentor/Mentee Relationship – How to Make the Most of Your Role” on April 27.  Both speakers provided great information on various aspects of mentoring that the audience appreciated.

We hosted a coffee social on March 15 as an opportunity for those who find it difficult to attend networking opportunities later in the workday.  We had a good turnout with 7 mentees and 10 mentors attending the coffee social.  We were able to provide some targeted mentoring with the mentees and share experiences with each other.  We are planning to hold another coffee social in the summer.

If anyone is interested in learning more about us, please contact anyone on the Executive Committee; we’d be glad to provide more information.

Local Executive Board members are: 

  • Jane Eason (SAHP), President
  • Tekeda Ferguson (SOPH), Secretary
  • Allison Augustus-Wallace (SOM), Treasurer
  • Angela Amedee (SOM), Past-President
  • Crescent Combe (SOM) – Post-Doc Representative
  • Adrienne McGinn (Graduate Studies) – Graduate Student Representative