Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Carmen Canavier, Ph.D.
President, AWIS

The Southern Louisiana chapter of Association for Women in Science (AWIS) co-sponsored a Sci-Fly speed mentoring event for high school and undergraduate summer researchers at LSUHSC on July 16. The event was organized by Dr. Allison Augustus-Wallace and was attended by over 100 participants including mentors and mentees.

The local chapter also sponsored a back-to-school mixer on August 16 for AWIS supporters, which was attended by more than fifty graduate students, postdocs and faculty. The door prize was a ticket to Painting with a Purpose, which is the local chapter’s fundraiser to support their educational and outreach effort and the Outstanding Young Scientist Travel Award. The winner of the award this fall is Ayesha Umrigar, a graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Fern Tsien, Department of Genetics.  The next AWIS outreach event will be a science-themed booth at the Believe in Girls event for Girl Scouts to be held at the University of New Orleans on Saturday, September 29 from 9:30 am until 2:00pm. Please contact Carmen Canavier at if you are interested in volunteering.