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Jessica Agaloos is a Filipina-American senior majoring in kinesiology to become a physical therapist. She is the current Chapter President of Silver Wings (SW), partnering with UNLV's AFROTC Det 004 and sister organization Arnold Air Society (AAS). In April of 2022, Jessica represented UNLV in Washington D.C at AAS and SW’s joint military national conclave (NATCON). At this event, she was awarded the Monica Browning Outstanding Chapter President Award. Collaborating with Det 004 and AAS, she is also helping lead Fall 2022’s Regional Conclave (RCON), with UNLV hosting colleges ranging from the University of San Diego to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical. Jessica helped provide opportunities with other organizations to help the community through volunteer events such as Three Square Farmer’s Market and networking with Air Force civilians, military personnel, and veterans. She empowers others around her by organizing workshops that include resume writing and leadership opportunities for members to learn and grow their leadership skills. Jessica also provides opportunities to participate in internships for the Air Force Association, Pentagon, Air Force Civilian Service, and IronNet. She shows that both women and people of color can also lead, influence, and have success in a military organization.

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Daeun Cho is a first-generation college student studying Biological Sciences here at UNLV. She is currently serving as Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED) Nevada Beta's Historian and previously served as UNLV American Medical Women's Association's (AMWA) Secretary and Vice President. During her time in AMWA, she advocated for menstrual equity and educated the general membership about period poverty. She planned and budgeted a semester-long service project where AMWA members could assemble period care packages and donate them to women's shelters. Her fight against period poverty branched outside of AMWA when she created the Community Period Basket. Located at WRIN's office in WRI A225, the basket contains free period products where people are encouraged to take as many products as they need and donate as many products as they want. Inspired by her passion for menstrual equity, CSUN Senators reached out to Daeun to create a bill that expands these baskets all across campus. She hopes the bill can be pushed out in the fall to ensure the UNLV community has access to period products on campus wherever they are.

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As a non-traditional first generation student Emily will be completing a BSEG in Civil and Environmental Engineering set to graduate in fall 2022. Before pursuing her education with experience from Managing franchise hotels in Northern Michigan, she worked as an AmeriCorps volunteer for the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii in Nanakuli by using the knowledge of for profit management to aid the nonprofit sector writing and completing grant and capital improvement projects for the clubhouse sparking an interest in the infrastructural needs within marginalized and minority communities. As a student Emily is involved as a member of several organizations including SWE, ASCE, ANTS, and served briefly as a CSUN Senator for the College of Engineering and vice chair of the Ways and Means committee working to support funding requests for student organizations across campus. She received honorable mention for Las Vegas ASCE YMF scholarship for addressing covid concerns within marginalized and disproportionately minority communities, AANAPISI STEM Spring Research Award, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship through the Office of Undergraduate Research to present two research grants at the Undergraduate research symposium in the fall, College of Engineering Scholarships for maintaining a competitive GPA, the Professional Women in Building "Building Hope Scholarship" for 2022, and works full time as a transportation engineering intern at GCW Inc. which has enabled her passion for Civil Engineering and the opportunities she has within the field.

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Emily Huerta is dual majoring in mathematics and physics at UNLV. She will be continuing onto graduate school to receive her PhD is astrophysics. With her degree, she will become a professor at a university and lead her own research group, studying space and the universe. Ever since 2017, she has been a member of the UNLV Scientista Foundation, an organization that empowers and supports women in STEM. From that point, she's been an events director, secretary, and president for the organization, exercising her passion for leadership and women in science. For four consecutive years, she has volunteered, planned, and implemented Scientista’s annual Girls in STEM Day event. In this event, 100 middle school girls visit UNLV’s campus and run through a series of STEM-based workshops, all with the common goal of inspiring and encouraging young girls to pursue STEM fields. Currently she is conducting research under the UNLV Department of Physics and Astronomy, specifically within the high-energy astrophysics branch on Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) and magnetars.

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Savanna Vacek is a senior who majors in Civil Engineering. She is an undergraduate research assistant in an environmental engineering lab where she works to remove disinfection by-products from drinking water. She hopes to diminish the inequality of access to clean water through her work with low-cost, sustainable adsorbents. Savanna recognizes that engineering is a male dominated field and women need more opportunity and support to speak out so that women can thrive and be empowered in engineering. Throughout her degree, she has participated in research studies that focus on women’s academic career progress in civil engineering and has created tight-knit groups to support women in her classes. Savanna has also joined women’s support groups within her internships where she led sessions which discussed topics such as leadership style, work-life balance, and speaking with confidence. Outside of empowering women in engineering, Savanna chose to join a sorority to meet other like-minded women with similar values. Within her sorority, women discussed personal growth topics such as resume building, internship searching, networking, and gaining confidence. She hopes to encourage young women in engineering to be involved in their community and to never be afraid to ask questions.

NEW Leadership EMPOWERMENT Scholarship*

The Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) and Consolidated Students of University of Nevada (CSUN) have teamed up to provide (5) $2,000 scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year to recognize undergraduate students who work to create and support initiatives that empower women. Congratulations to our Scholarship Winners.

  • $1,000 fall semester stipend
  • $1,000 spring semester stipend

The application is simple and online. Scholarship applications open on Jan. 9, 2023. You can apply yourself or nominate a friend.

The deadline for the fall semester 2022 NEW Leadership EMPOWERMENT scholarships is Mar. 31, 2023.

Questions? Contact Jean Munson, WRIN's NEW Leadership Coordinator, at wrin@unlv.edu.

Previous Scholarship Awardees

2021

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Darian Fluker

Darian Fluker is a senior who double majors in theatre and hospitality management. In July of 2020, she was elected the President for The Womxn of Color Coalition (W.O.C.C.). Darian collaborated with the executive members to create an annual newsletter for the organization. She also led in the creation of Sista x Sista, a sisterhood program as a branch of W.O.C.C., where members from each of the councils connect with members from other councils who they do not identify with in order to create stronger allyship. She is a writer, who self-published her first chapbook of poetry in February of 2021 where she discusses her experiences in her intersectionality of being a black woman. She wishes to create poetry and theatre pieces to create honest and inclusive pieces that better represent folx of color, taking charge of her own narrative, and urging others to do the same.

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Saha Salahi

Saha Salahi is a first generation Afghan-American muslim womxn who’s sense of responsibility for creating community has bolstered her into a leader. Saha is engaged in a variety of organizations and programs to help other young women students learn political leadership skills, policy analysis, and training on how to run for office. Saha is currently the Secretary at CSUN As a founder of the first UNLV chapter for IGNITE National, Saha serves as the District 4 Coordinator for the Nevada Center for Civic Engagement, where she provides support for the civic education courses in K-12 schools in the region through the“We the People” program. In this role, Saha assists to cultivate the coaching for professional development bootcamps, in-classroom practice hearings, and district and state competitions. She is also the primary program administrator for Congressional District 3 where she facilitates communication with the state coordinators; high school administrators, and Congressional staff. Additionally, Saha is a Student Researcher at Brookings Mountain West and the Lincy Institute. She hopes to be an advocate for minority groups and use her voice to bring forward equitable reform at a local and national level.

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Samantha J. White

Samantha J. White is a research assistant for the head researcher of UNLV’s Social Interaction Lab. In this position, Samantha has assisted in a qualitative study that examines how the increase of women in agricultural communities impacts gender-role attitudes and perceptions. She recognizes the value of work that aims to disrupt negatively impactful gender stereotypes to push women forward in male-dominated fields. Samantha is now entering her senior year at UNLV. She is actively working with faculty to gain approval to conduct a gender-focused study that will look at changes in stereotypes and their potential to help or hinder gender minorities’, and women’s, interests and advancement in STEM. She hopes to publish the results of her findings next year in 2022. Samantha also works as a CARE advocate at the UNLV Care Center, assisting students by providing supportive services through a healing-centered, trauma-informed, anti-oppression framework.