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Women in STEAM Awards: Dr. Lew Densmore and Dr. Jannette M. Dufour

The C.O.W. nomination for this year is Dr. Lou Densmore.  Dr. Densmore is the Chair of TTU Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and faculty of the Biology department.  He was nominated by Lizzy Mack, Undergraduate Research Scholar.


“Dr. Densmore is the most deserving male faculty member that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with, and I know this award would mean a lot to him personally. Throughout my time knowing Dr. Densmore, I have seen him guide women in my lab and also through the undergraduate research organization CISER. Whether it is questions about science or life’s tough decisions, Dr. Densmore always provides an ear to listen with and sage advice to set one at ease.”

Dr.Jannette M. Dufour of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center was nominated for the O.W.L. Award.  She was nominated by Gurvinder Kaur of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Kandis Wright of the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Dr. Sandra Whelly of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, and Dr. Brant Schneider of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.


“I am honored to write this letter recommending Dr. Jannette M. Dufour for the Outstanding Women Leader (O.W.L.) award. I had the opportunity to get to know Dr. Dufour when I did my rotation in her lab (December 2007). I successfully completed my PhD under her supervision in December 2012. During my journey as a graduate student in her lab, I found Dr. Dufour very supportive and motivating. I still remember my very first spring seminar where I have to present my research data in front of CBB faculty. Being an international student I was having hard time to prepare my talk. Dr. Dufour positively critiqued my talk and told me to practice in front of her until I felt confident. I don’t know how she does that but she always has time for her students. Due to her excellent mentoring abilities she was selected as a mentor for Trainee-Mentor luncheon at the 45th Annual Meeting of Society for the Study of Reproduction. She had a total of 18 students (undergraduate and graduate) in her lab and12 are women, which highlights that she is a big supporter of women in science. Further she has given seminars for Science: It’s a Girls Thing for 7th and 11th graders from last 3 years to promote girls in science.” – Kandis Wright, SABR student.

Dr. Jannette M. Dufour has over twenty years experience working in science and biology, and she has been a consultant in private organizations such as Johnson and Johnson, Sertoli Technologies Inc., and is presently on the Scientific Advisory Board of Sernova Corp.  Her research spans diabetes and human reproduction.