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Congratulations to the Women’s Association of Minority Scientists on receiving a Research! America Microgrant

Feb 28, 2022, 15:25 PM by Nicole Bilotta

Congratulations to the Women’s Association of Minority Scientists on receiving a Research! America Microgrant

The Women's Association of Minority Scientists (WAMS) is a student organization with the mission to promote support for minority/underrepresented students, community leadership, science communication, academic professionalism, and mentorship to students enrolled in doctoral and masters STEM research programs at the University of Texas Medical Branch. 

They have recently been awarded a microgrant from Research! America. The microgrant is sponsored by a grant from the Rita Allen foundation, which provides opportunities for STEM graduate and postdoc trainees to develop skills in communication and program planning, along with an understanding of government in order to make a difference in their communities. The aim is to focus on engaging both community leaders and policymakers in discussions about the broad societal benefits and local impact of scientific research. 

This microgrant will help fund the "Scientists Among Us!: Youth STEM Program", which is a classroom and team-based science fair aimed to engage underserved/underrepresented elementary schools in Texas, run by WAMS. Student teams lead by graduate student mentors will be using science to solve a problem in their own community and present to community leaders and policy makers to enable community engagement/awareness, promote early STEM interest, and cultivate science communication skills. 

WAMS Officers:

Olivia Solomon - President Emeritus (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine)
Kenya Moore – President (Pharmacology and Toxicology)
Kehinde Ogunseye - Vice President (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine)
Lizette Rios – Secretary (Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology)
Regina Solomon – Treasurer (Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology)
Holly Chapman - Community/Academic Liaison (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine)
Elias Alvarado - Social Media Chair (Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine)

The ITS and CTSA are proud to support the WAMS organization!