Allison Matia in the BW neuroscience lab

Allison Matia is the fourth BW STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) major in a row to win the YWCA's Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award.

Neuroscience and Psychology Major Wins YWCA's STEM Scholar Prize

July 21, 2016

When the YWCA Greater Cleveland singled out rising senior neuroscience and psychology major Allison Matia ’17 for recognition this spring, she became the fourth BW STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) major in a row to win the organization’s Dr. Jennie S. Hwang Award presented annually at the prestigious Women of Achievement awards luncheon and conference.

Allison Matia with Dr. Clare MathesMatia, seen here at the award ceremony with one of her faculty mentors, Dr. Clare Mathes, assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, has blended interests in science, social justice, and performing during her time at BW to build a stellar resume of accomplishments in academics, leadership, volunteerism, and service.

Allison Matia in the BW neuroscience lab“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,” the YWCA noted in awarding the scholarship. 

A member of six honor societies, Matia has also collaborated with neuroscience chair, Dr. Jacqueline Morris, on original research and “aspires to pursue her own Ph.D. in biomedical science.” 

“My professors and peers in the STEM departments have challenged me both academically and personally,” Matia said. “In particular, Dr. Morris and Dr. Mathes in the neuroscience program have served as terrific mentors during my time at BW.”