Women's History Month at Baylor College of Medicine

Women's History Month, celebrated each March in the United States, highlights and celebrates the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. Baylor College of Medicine will be celebrating with programs and activities throughout the month, including recognizing our own Women of Excellence.

2019 Baylor's Women of Excellence and Allies Recognition

The Women of Excellence Awards celebrate individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at Baylor College of Medicine or in the larger community and who exemplify Baylor values. The Allies of Women of Excellence Award recognizes individuals who work side by side to empower women in reaching their full professional potential. The awards selection committee recognizes that members of the College leadership have formal roles related to promoting and advancing women.

Nominations are open to anyone in the Baylor community. Nominees may represent any areas, or role from staff members who keep the College running to world-renowned researchers finding answers to diseases, to clinicians keeping our community healthy, to student, trainee and postdoctoral role models. All nominees must be in good standing with the College. The deadline to nominate someone for the 2019 awards cycle has passed. 

The 2019 Awardees were selected by a peer-reviewed process and will be highlighted in the College’s internal communications and social media and at the Women’s History Month noon lecture on March 28, 2019 featuring Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National Institutes of Health. 

NOTE: A Baylor College of Medicine community member who has received a Women of Excellence Award is not eligible for consideration again until three additional years of service at Baylor have been completed.


March 5, 2019: Women's History Month Mixer and Networking Event

The Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston and Baylor's Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity will host an evening mixer and networking event from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 to celebrate women’s history month and provide an opportunity for faculty and staff as well as students and trainees to practice their networking skills and build new contacts and relationships to support their personal and professional goals. 

The event will be held in the Alkek Lobby/DeBakey Library and Museum at Main Baylor and is open to faculty, staff, trainees and students from all TMC member institutions. Please bring your TMC member institution ID badge or driver's license. Click here to RSVP. 

March 7, 2019: AMWA General Meeting and Panel Discussion with Baylor Women Faculty Leaders

The American Medical Women's Association at Baylor College of Medicine will hold a general meeting on Thursday, March 7 at 6:15 p.m. to discuss the paths, roles and motivation of women faculty in academic medicine and ways AMWA members can engage in relevant conversations and efforts on a national level. The event will be held in M112 DeBakey Building, main Baylor, and it is open to the Baylor community. Please contact Vanessa Uma at Vanessa.Uma@bcm.edu for additional information.

March 19, 2019: AOA Colloquium Featuring Chancellor Douglas Girod

Douglas Girod, M.D., chancellor of The University of Kansas System, will serve as the keynote speaker at Baylor's Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society Colloquium (co-sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity) at 12 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor. His talk will focus on the importance of supporting women in academic medicine and science and how this can help improve our health care systems and society at large. The event is open to the Baylor community. 

March 28, 2019: "Women of Excellence" Recognition and Keynote Address

Dr. Alicia D. H. Monroe and other senior leaders will recognize the Baylor Women of Excellence award recipients at noon Thursday, March 28, in Cullen Auditorium. Dr. Hannah Valantine, chief officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity at the NIH, will serve as the keynote speaker discussing "NIH’s Scientific Approach to Inclusive Excellence".

This college-wide event (co-hosted by the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics, Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity, and Department of Medicine) is open to all Baylor faculty, staff, students and trainees. CME offered courtesy of the Department of Medicine Grand Rounds. 

March 2019: Postdoc Women in Leadership Seminar Series

Please join the Postdoctoral Association at Baylor College of Medicine for the Women in Leadership Seminar Series. Each panel discussion will focus on providing postdocs with important information, resources and strategies for advancing their careers. A networking session will follow at 5 p.m. at the Alkek Building second floor lobby. These events are open to the entire Baylor community. 

• March 18, 2019 | Noon-1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor | Venom Toxins to Treat Autoimmune Diseases? This Will Never Work... | Christine Beeton, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

• March 19, 2019 | 4-5 p.m. in DeBakey M423, main Baylor | Industry - Building Skills for Every Field | Panelists: Silvia Convento, UX Researcher, ChaiOne, Colleen O’Connor, Founder and CEO, CAVU Biotherapies, Yuqing Kristen Chen-Evenson, Lab Assistant Director Baylor College of Medicine

• March 21, 2019 | 4-5 p.m. in DeBakey M423, main Baylor | A Career in Administration | Panelists: Victoria McDonnell, DrPH, Project Director, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Johnique Atkins, Ph.D., Program Project Manager, Houston Methodist Hospital, Sasirekha Ramani, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine

• March 26, 2019 | 4-5 p.m. in DeBakey M321, main Baylor | Mentoring | Panelists: Brittany Kerrigan, Ph.D., Scientific Manager, UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Anna Sokac, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Evelina Tapia, Ph.D., Research Principal, ChaiOne

• March 28, 2019 | 4-5 p.m. in Cullen 301A, main Baylor | Addressing Equity and Inclusion | Panelists: Marie-Francoise Doursout, Ph.D., Professor, Basic Science Research, UT Health Science Center of Houston, Christiane Spitzmueller, Ph.D., Professor, Industrial Organizational Psychology, University of Houston, Ruth Heidelberger, Ph.D., Professor & Co-Director MD/Ph.D., UT Health Science Center of Houston