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L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Program Announces 10 Grant Winners

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  • Dr. M. Nia Madison

The L'Oréal USA for Women in Science program has selected 10 winners to receive its Changing the Face of STEM (CTFS) mentoring grant.  

These $2,500 grants are awarded to "activities and partnerships focusing on mentoring and engaging women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), from preschool to graduate school," and will help fund these types of programs throughout the country. 

Lauren Paige, vice president of public affairs and strategic initiatives at L'Oréal USA, said, "Inspiring the next generation of women in STEM is a key component of the For Women in Science program. We are proud to build on this commitment through our Changing the Face of STEM grant program and support our fellows in their efforts to promote STEM education in communities across the country.”

Dr. M. Nia Madison, assistant professor at Miami Dade College and 2010 L'Oréal USA FWIS Fellow, added, "As a two-time Changing the Face of STEM grantee, this program has enabled me to create and now expand the reach of my Miami Dade College Microbiology Girls Club. Bringing minority high school girls to a college campus and exposing them to careers in biomedical sciences is crucial to increasing the representation of women in STEM.”

The winners included: 

  • Dr. Arpita Bose, assistant professor at Washington University in St. Louis: The “Gateway Science Summer Program,” a partnership with Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis. 
  • Dr. Livia S. Eberlin, assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin: The “My Science My Life” program which will launch in Spring 2018.
  • Dr. Gigi Galiana, assistant professor at Yale University: A year-long partnership with the Alphabet Academy in Hamden, CT.
  • Dr. Joanna Kelley, assistant professor at Washington State University: A partnership with Abra Pitters, a science teacher at Montgomery Middle School in San Diego, California.
  • Dr. Laura Lapham, assistant professor at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science: The Tiny Bubbles Mentoring Project, a hands-on research experience for STEM students she created at the College of Southern Maryland.
  • Dr. M. Nia Madison, assistant professor at Miami Dade College: The Miami Dade College Microbiology Girls Club, which exposes local minority high school girls to careers in biomedical sciences (pictured above).
  • Dr. Nozomi Nishimura, assistant professor at Cornell University: An interactive girls in STEM workshop series called, “Nevertheless, She Persisted.”
  • Dr. Pardis Sabeti, Professor at Harvard University and the Broad Institute: The integration of STEM technology into Sarasota Military Prep Academy’s ‘Outbreak’ simulation.
  • Dr. Sridevi Sarma, associate professor at Johns Hopkins University: A physics project with the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD in Spring 2018.
  • Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, assistant professor at the University of Utah: Young & WISE (Women in Science and Engineering), an outreach program for young female students at Kearns High School in Salt Lake City, Utah.