Association for Women in Science – South Louisiana Chapter (AWIS-SL) Update 

Jane Eason, Ph.D., P.T.

We have continued with our mentoring lecture series this spring with Dr. Florencia Polite presenting another outstanding mentoring seminar titled “The Mentor/Mentee Relationship – How to Make the Most of Your Role” on April 27.  She did an outstanding job presenting information that would be useful to all who attended.  She has graciously agreed to share her references and the slides from her lecture, so if anyone would like this information, please contact Jane Eason at jeason@lsuhsc.edu.

We hosted a networking event in the Raised Root Garden on April 19.  There was a good mix of students and faculty sharing information while enjoying light snacks on a beautiful day in the garden right after work.   For those not aware of this garden, it is located in the grassy area between the old Dibert Building and the 1542 Tulane Ave Building.  There are several raised garden beds, an herb garden, several benches and a lending library.

Our most recent outreach event was a STEM fair for a Girl Scout Troop based out of Our Lady of Divine Providence on Saturday, May 13 from 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.  Girl Scouts were able to rotate through several stations that included Dress Like a Scientist, Tobacco Models, Models of Organs, Exposure to Lead, Noise and Hearing, and Vaccinations.  Faculty and students from LSUHSC manned the tables and interacted with the girls providing information as well as challenging them with questions about these topics and what science topics they were learning about in school.  With the wide variety of backgrounds of the faculty and graduate students, the girls were able to learn about diverse science topics as well as the many opportunities for science careers.

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 awall1@lsuhsc.edu.

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 Rep
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