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WT-AWIS: West Texas Association for Women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture, Math)

awis award WT-AWIS is recognized as a Texas Tech graduate student organization. Our chapter actively supports and encourages women of all ages and careers. We envision a day when women will participate fully in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Agriculture and Mathematics) through equal opportunity, pay equity, and recognition equivalent with their accomplishments.

WT-AWIS empowers students by funding student travel for the purpose of conducting research. The organization allows student's to travel across the globe through awarding the Student Travel Award. Students have express sincere appreciation for the support this award provides them, expanding their research opportunities. 

Thank You Letter to WT-AWIS

Come learn about the different organizations that support and promote women's issues at Texas Tech. Find out what activities, and resources they have to offer!

  • President - Shawna Gallegos, Ph.D. student, The Institute for Forensic Science/TIEHH
  • Vice President – Kirsten Nettles, MS student, The Institute for Forensic Science
  • Secretary/Treasurer – Lesley Duke Cremens, Ph.D. student, Education
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Social Media Chair – Cele Stone, Ph.D. student, Agricultural education, communications
  • Graduate Rep – Whitni Redman, Ph.D. student, TTUHSC
  • Undergraduate Rep – Paula Garavito
  • Faculty Advisors – Melanie Barnes, Ph.D., Geosciences, TTU; Kendra Rumbaugh, Ph.D., Surgery, TTUHSC
  • Staff Advisor – Shanoy Anderson, Ph.D.; Julie Isom, M.S., Center for the Integration of STEM Education and Research (CISER), TTU, WT-AWIS Advisor and Records/Awards Chair