AWIS Adopts Family for Christmas

Laura Erwin
Graduate Student 

Over the Christmas holidays, the South Louisiana chapter of the Association for Women in Science adopted one senior and one family with three children aged 3, 8 and 11 through the Salvation Army’s Christmas donor program. The donors were mostly composed of LSUHSC faculty, postdocs and students, as is the chapter itself, but we had participation from the Tulane Medical School as well. Through the coordinated efforts of Drs. Carmen Canavier and Sonia Gasparini, we provided the family with a gift card and wrapping materials in addition to the pictured gifts. The response was so generous that we will likely adopt more individuals next year.

The AWIS South 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 young women. The AWIS SE Louisiana chapter welcomes all persons interested in furthering the careers of women in science.

If you are interested in joining the local AWIS chapter, please contact our treasurer, Dr. Donna Neumann 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
  • Donna Neumann (SOM), Treasurer
  • Angela Amedee (SOM), Past-President
  • Crescent Combe (SOM) – Post-Doc Representative
  • Adrienne McGinn (SOGS) – Graduate Student Representative