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

Association of Women in Science (AWIS) – Southern Louisiana Chapter
Jane Eason, Ph.D., P.T.

In August, we hosted a Back to School Networking Social to welcome and meet new students and colleagues in STEM at LSUHSC.

Upcoming Events for Fall Semester

  • Thanksgiving Pot-Luck with Recipe Sharing – November 7 at 11:30am in Allied Health Seminar Room 1
  • Graduate Student Networking Event – TBD
  • Christmas Social – December 8th at 5:30 pm – Dr. Lisa Harrison-Bernard’s home

We are continuing to collect individual/personal toiletries for our friends at the Rebuild Center.  We are also collecting magazines and participating in the laundry detergent pod donation for the Rebuild Center.  Dr. Donna Neumann is coordinating these ongoing donations.

We supported the Komen Breast Cancer Race on October 21.  Additionally, we supported the SOM Women’s Affairs Committee Events, which included a Breast Cancer Awareness Honor (Survivor) Board in October.

For the holidays, we are participating in the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family and Mr. Bingle Program.  Through this program, we are adopting a senior and a family with three children for Christmas. Donations can be made by contacting Carmen Canavier at

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 would 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