The first Open House held by AWIS San Diego was in 2002. The purpose was to introduce our organization to the science community and to recruit new members by presenting our diverse events, activities and committees. It was a great success and has become one of the most important AWIS-San Diego events. Since 2003 the Open House is also our opportunity to recognize our most active and dedicated volunteers through the AWIS Awards.
The annual AWIS-SD open house was held at Illumina on October 25, 2012. The event provided an ideal opportunity for current and prospective members for combining networking and understanding various AWIS committees. After an overview of AWIS San Diego chapter by the president Dody Sears, the AWIS-SD volunteer award recipients were announced.
Congratulations to the 2012 AWIS-SD Volunteer Award recipients:
Achievement in Innovation: Awarded to the Chapter member or committee who has initiated the best new idea to advance and enhance Chapter events.
- Uromi Goodale and Cheryl Okumura
Achievements in Outreach or Community Service: Awarded to the Chapter member who, while acting on behalf of AWIS, has made a contribution to the San Diego community.
- Juliana (Julie) Bordowitz
Leadership Service: Awarded to the Chapter member whose leadership role has advanced the goals and visibility of the San Diego Chapter.
- Nurith Amitai and Monica Brown
Outstanding Volunteer: Awarded to a Chapter member who actively and enthusiastically participates in an AWIS committee.
- Marianna Tcherpakov and Maki Kaneko
President's Award: Awarded to a Chapter member who has demonstrated continued service and enthusiasm over many years.
- Jenny Chaplain and Rachel Soloff
Rookie of the Year: Awarded to a new Chapter member who has jumped into the organization with both feet.
- Erna van Niekerk
Member at Large
Diane has been a member of AWIS San Diego chapter and involved in outreach since 2002. She is also active in outreach events through Biocom. Diane graduated from Widener University in 1990 with a B.S. in biology, then went on to the University of Michigan where she earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology studying gene regulation in E. coli.Read more...
Laura received her B.S. from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Spain, in 1999, and her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from UC San Diego in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering in 2005.Read more...
DeeAnn Visk obtained her doctorate from UCSD last year.Read more...