Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award
The Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award recognizes an outstanding female sophomore or junior student who is majoring in a science, engineering or technology-related discipline, including life sciences and pre-med. Full-time students are nominated by staff and faculty at their university; recipients must demonstrate academic performance overall and within one of the designated majors; leadership experiences and on-campus activities; and off-campus volunteer and community service. The $1,500 award was created through the generosity of Dr. Hwang, a recipient of the 2000 Women of Achievement Award.
The 2016 Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Scholarship Award winner is Allison Matia, a junior at Baldwin-Wallace College.
Allison MatiaAllison Matia is a junior at Baldwin Wallace University with an impressive 3.8 GPA in her Neuroscience major and Psychology minor. When she isn’t conducting her own impressive research, Allison serves as a research assistant to faculty members, tutors students in upper-level neuroscience courses, is President of STAND: for Human Rights, established BW’s first Fair Trade market, volunteers, and is a member of the BW Women’s Chorus.
A member of six academic honors societies, Allison is hard at work on an undergraduate neuroscience thesis that builds off research she began in the summer of 2015; pursuing her interests in evolutionary psychology and our chemical senses, she examined taste perception differences in rats based on their sex. She has worked closely with women professors at Baldwin Wallace, and aspires to pursue her own Ph. D. in biomedical science.
YWCA Greater Cleveland is thrilled to honor Allison with the Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award, and wishes her the very best for her future plans.
About Dr. Hwang
Dr. Jennie Hwang's lustrous career is highlighted by numerous national and international awards and honors. Among them are the only woman from Ohio inducted into the National Academy of Engineering and the only from Ohio inducted into International Hall of Fame – Women in Technology and distinguished alumni awards, She was also inducted into the Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame; received honorary doctoral degree; named R&D Stars-to-Watch by the Industry Week; and featured in the inaugural volume of the book: “Road to Scientific Success - Inspiring Life Stories of Prominent Researchers”, published by World Scientific Publications.