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

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

In June, our members gathered for a Book Swap and it was a great success!  Members walked away with some great summer reading!  It was a fun and different opportunity for networking among members.

Our most recent AWIS-SL/LSUHSC Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award was awarded to Dr. Amanda Pahng.  Congratulations Amanda!

We have continued with our mentoring lecture series this summer with our Sci-Fly Mentoring Event held on Monday, July 17.  We had 53 students from the Science Youth Initiative Summer Internship Program participating in this event.  We had 6 medical students, 9 MD/PhD students, 12 graduate students, 24 Faculty (20 Basic and 4 Clinical) and 3 postdocs serve as mentors.  The mentees are all interested in pursuing a health/science career.  As part of the Sci-Fly event they were each able to spend 8 minutes with 5 different mentors to obtain advice and feedback regarding their future educational and career pursuits.

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We also had 7 faculty provide event logistics and organization at the event: Drs. Sonia Gasparini, Jane Eason, Donna Neumann, Judy Crabtree, Lisa Harrison-Bernard, Tekeda Ferguson and Angela Amedee.  Thank you to Tara Rodrigue, Business Administrator for the Department of Genetics, for organizing the lunch that was provided and also a special thank you to Dean Nelson for his continued support of this event.  Finally, a big thanks to all mentors who graciously provided their time and advice to the mentees!!

Upcoming Events for Fall Semester

  • General Membership Meeting and Book Swap – Wednesday, September 13, 11:30 – 1:00 pm, Micro Large Conference Room MEB 6258
  • Painting with a Purpose, 700 Dublin Street, NOLA – Thursday, September 27, 6:30 – 9:30 pm
  • Girl Scout BIG Event – Saturday, October 21 9:30 am – 2:00 pm at UNO
  • Thanksgiving Pot-Luck with Recipe Sharing – TBA
  • Christmas Social – TBA

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

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