Wi2STEM is a Clayton State University organization created to increase knowledge of, and greater interest in, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines (see details here
). It is also a means of building a network of resources for women in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines and a means of communication for women having an interest in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math majors.
Wi2STEM serves students of the Clayton State community, and the communities surrounding the University. Wi2STEM has grown and continues to take on more initiatives with the full support of Dean of the College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS), Dr. Lila Roberts.
Ron Shipman and June Wood from the Metro South Region Georgia Power Office are supporting Clayton State University’s Wi2STEM with a travel grant to facilitate students attending professional conferences in their disciplines. Professional conferences are meetings of professionals in a given discipline, dealing with matters concerning the status of the discipline, and scientific or technical developments.
“Literature points to the fact that when students have the opportunity to attend professional meetings, there is a lasting positive impact” says Wi2STEM advisor Mary Hudachek-Buswell who, along with fellow advisor Dr. Yvette Gardner, have put in place a travel grant proposal process that is open to all Wi2STEM students.
Wi2STEM students Laquisha Smith, Mary Nguyen-Quan, and Philomise Moncion were able to travel to a conference this March because of the Georgia Power’s support of women in STEM disciplines. All three women attended the American Medical Students Association (AMSA) 61st Annual Convention held in Washington, DC. These three young women went to the conference to network with other medical and premed students from around the U.S. in order to explore and understand more about medical fields from which they want to achieve in the future.
Moncion is originally from New York and is now living in Stockbridge. She attends Clayton State University as biology major with a focus on Pre-Med. She joined Wi2STEM with enthusiasm because she knew it was an opportunity for her to grow.
Nguyen-Quan is originally from Vietnam and is now living in Fayetteville. She is a senior majoring in Biology with a focus on Biology Forensics, is a member of Tri-Beta National Biological Society, and the Golden Key Honor Society. She remains on the Dean’s List throughout her demanding coursework, and has received the Clayton State University Academic Achievement Award for her work.
Smith is an Atlanta native, currently residing in Fayetteville. She is completing her senior year at Clayton State University, and her Bachelor in Science degree will be in Biology. LaQuisha has worked with her professors on research in biomedicine, and she hopes to continue her research in that field at the Center for Disease Control.
These three women of Wi2STEM appreciate and embrace the knowledge from their experiences at AMSA which was afforded to them by Georgia Power. This is a chance for them to learn more about the fields they plan to enter as well as provide them with an experience that would normally be out of reach, notes Hudachek-Buswell. Moncion, Nguyen-Quan, and Smith want Georgia Power to know they will be good stewards in their disciplines as a result of their travels, she adds.
Attending the AMSA 61st Annual Convention has given the three students an opportunity to learn what professional meetings look like. They stated, “We believe that this one time experience has given us an insight on how to conduct ourselves in our future professional career.”