Biotech Students Recognized by Women in Science Scholarship Program
Graduate students from the Johns Hopkins University Montgomery County Campus Master’s in Biotechnology program have been recognized by the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association’s 2013 Women in Science Scholarship program. Kate Sheffey was recognized as a winner and Jamie Edwards and Omotara Ogundeyi received honorable mentions in the scholarship competition.
The WIScience Scholarship program was developed to attract budding and aspiring healthcare professionals with a scientific background to the HBA from academia and government organizations in the Mid-Atlantic region. This is the first year the HBA has offered the program, which awarded four winners and three honorable mentions. The HBA works to connect budding female healthcare professionals to other businesswomen who can act as mentors in their fields.
“There is something to be said about creating and valuing personal connections with others, particularly women, in associated fields,” said Jamie Edwards, a recent graduate of the Master’s in Biotechnology program. In addition to pursuing her Master’s at Johns Hopkins, Edwards also completed her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Biology at Hopkins.
Kay Wellman, coordinator of the Biotechnology Enterprise programs and a full-time faculty member in the Center for Biotechnology Education, helped bring awareness of the WIScience Scholarship program to the women of Johns Hopkins. She believes in the importance of mentorship and would like to encourage students and professionals to develop these types of relationships on their own.
“People are always looking for ways to give back. For busy professionals, mentoring is a great way to do that,” Wellman said. A certified coach and mentor herself, Wellman is eager to connect students with experienced biotech industry professionals. “Mentoring is a win-win across the board, and you don’t need major resources to do it.”
Omotara Ogundeyi, another honorable mention program participant, believes that Hopkins’ new participation with the HBA will benefit students who are looking to break into science fields.
“JHU’s partnering with the HBA will keep students current, helping us stay abreast of current developments in the healthcare and biotechnology research industry,” Ogundeyi said. She is currently pursuing her Master’s in Biotechnology at Hopkins because she believes the flexibility of courses will help her prepare for medical school.
All scholarship program participants were female interns, graduate students or trainees in an academic or government organization within the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the HBA. As a winner, Sheffey will develop a mentee-mentor relationship with an industry professional in her field.
Wellman would like to encourage all biotechnology industry professionals interested in being mentors to contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org .