AMIA Invites Young Women to Attend Informatics and STEM Symposium

In support of undergraduate and underrepresented minority females interested in pursuing careers in health informatics and STEM fields, the women of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)’s committee have announced a scholarship to encourage attendance of their annual AMIA symposium November 5th in Washington, D.C. The event will showcase research and practice in the five domains in informatics: Translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics, clinical informatics, consumer health informatics, and public health informatics. Below is further description regarding the “First Look” program from Wendy Chapman, PhD and Tiffani Bright, PhD.

On behalf of the Women in American Medical Informatics (AMIA) Committee, we are giving scholarship awards to undergraduate women and underrepresented minority women with an interest in informatics and/or science, technology, math, engineering (STEM) to attend the 2017 AMIA Symposium “First Look” program on November 5, 2017 in Washington, DC. We are seeking women who have entered their sophomore year as of September 1, 2017.

AMIA is a multi-disciplinary and interprofessional organization representing over 5,400 experts. We are a community committed to a vision of a world where informatics transforms people’s care. That’s why AMIA is the professional home for the informaticians of today and driver for the future of informatics. Through education, training, accreditation, certification and advocacy, AMIA supports the current and next generation of informatics professionals.

The 2017 AMIA Symposium begins on Sunday, November 5th at 8:00 am EST and concludes on Wednesday, November 8th at 1:30 pm EST. Mandatory participation is required for November 5th from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Our objectives for students participating in the AMIA First Look program are to:

  1. provide underrepresented undergraduate students with an interest in informatics and/or STEM an opportunity to learn about the field of informatics by attending key symposium events on November 5th;
  2. introduce and engage students in the Women in AMIA community by interacting with women in informatics through assigned mentored guides and both formal and informal networking receptions; and
  3. equip students with resources for internship and post-graduate career “next-steps” in informatics by networking and making connections with industry and educational professionals in the exhibit hall.

Additional benefits for students participating in the AMIA First Look program include:

  • Free full-conference registration ($450). Students are welcome to attend all of the conference days;
  • Meal and travel allowance of $50 for November 5th (the mandatory participation day);
  • Networking with the program sponsor on November 5th (the mandatory participation day); and
  • Opportunity to join the online AMIA undergraduate community to stay informed and connected.

For those who are interested in receiving a scholarship for this Symposium, please fill out the following form by October 6th, 2017: https://goo.gl/forms/173moSHLpHnUTVPA3. Selected recipients of the award will be announced October 9th, 2017.