Library welcomes a new cohort to the Women’s Maker Program

Guest post from Jenny Coffman, Science and Engineering Research Librarian, and Izzy McReynolds, Women’s Maker Program intern:

After a successful pilot of the Women’s Maker Program in spring 2020, we are happy to announce our continuation of the program with the naming of a brand new cohort! The cohort will be deep-diving into maker technologies, building a community among their first-year peers, learning from industry professionals, hosting a maker camp for local Girl Scouts, and practicing design thinking and growth mindsets while completing community-focused projects.

""We also hope you will join us for a conversation with Dr. Angela Orebaugh, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at UVA. Dr. Orebaugh describes herself as, “an educator, technologist, and author with a broad spectrum of expertise in information technology and cybersecurity.” Sign up now to join us on Friday, April 1, at 2:00 p.m. in Clemons 407.

The primary aim of the Women’s Maker Program is to help increase female undergraduates’ confidence, improve their sense of belonging in the STEM field, and better prepare them for future careers in the STEM workforce. We are grateful to the Jefferson Trust and UVA Parents Fund for their support of this program.



Jade Pettaway grew up in Petersburg, Virginia, and is planning to study Biology on a pre-dental track. She hopes one day to work as a dentist.




""Elyana Zewdie from Herndon, Virginia, is a Biochemistry major and an Entrepreneurship minor on the Pre-Medical track. She hopes to one day use her career skills to help women and children in places stricken by poverty.




""Alessandra Paras is from Roanoke, Virginia. Alessandra is a first-year undergraduate at UVA who plans to major in Chemistry with a specialization in Biochemistry. In the future, Alessandra hopes to pursue medical school with the goal of entering the field of pediatrics.




""Kha Truong, who is from Portland, Oregon, is planning on majoring in Statistics, with a concentration in Biostatistics, and minoring in Urban and Environmental Planning. Currently, she is unsure of what’s to come but is sure about pursuing some sort of graduate school in the future.



""Dedra Dadzie, from Bordentown, New Jersey, is a Chemical Engineering major planning to continue her education in graduate school and pursue a career in pharmaceutical research.




""Jasmine Collier is from Cleveland, Ohio, and hopes to major in Computer Science with a Social Entrepreneurship minor. She hopes to contribute to the community through her career and loves to spend time with friends and family.




""Laura Abood, from Springfield, Virginia, plans on studying Computer Science and Data Science. She hopes to one day become a software developer.





""Savannah Fife, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, is a Mathematics and Commerce major. Outside of school, she loves to travel and spend time with friends and family. She is passionate about teaching math skills and contributing to her community. Savannah looks forward to getting to know her teammates and exploring all that UVA has to offer.



Learn more about the Women’s Maker Program.

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