Postsecondary Academic Innovation & Leadership Finalists

Awarded to a woman working in the postsecondary academic setting who has created and fostered STEM programs in curriculum development, student research, and teacher-student collaborations. Each finalist has secured outside funding to support her work and/or received peer recognition for her leadership and innovation.

REBECCA ANDREWS

Postsecondary Academic Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Associate Professor of Medicine
Organization
UConn Health Center
Hometown
Canton, CT
Passion
Rebecca is passionate about combating the overdose epidemic through student and physician education on safe and effective chronic pain management.
Bio
Rebecca studied biology at Boston College and medicine at the University of CT where she also completed her residency. She is currently an Associate Professor, primary care physician, and the Internal Medicine Residency Associate Program Director/Director of Ambulatory Education at UConn Health. Dr. Andrews also serves as UConn Health’s clinical lead for the CT Comprehensive Pain Center and Patient-Centered Medical Home. Her research and pedagogy combine innovative curricula and clinical experiences focused on pain management and primary care. Her two sons, an unabashed love of coffee and trivia, and half marathon training rule her world.

MARIA CHRYSOCHOOU

Postsecondary Academic Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Department Head, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Organization
UConn School of Engineering
Hometown
Mansfield, CT
Passion
Maria’s work focuses on environmental remediation and sustainable urban development in higher education and practice.
Bio
Maria is the Department Head of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut. Her passion for environmental sustainability and real-world education led her to form the Connecticut Brownfields Initiative, an interdisciplinary training program that trains the next generation of environmental practitioners and leaders, while directly supporting Connecticut communities to clean up and revitalize their urban cores.
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FAYE ROGERS

Postsecondary Academic Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology; Associate Director, MD-PhD Program; Director, Yale BioMed Amgen Scholars Program
Organization
Yale School of Medicine
Hometown
Norwalk, CT
Passion
Faye’s goals are to contribute to science through cancer drug discovery and achievement of a diverse STEM community.
Bio
Faye, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the MD-PhD Program at Yale School of Medicine. Additionally, she is the director of Yale BioMed SURF, an undergraduate summer research program. Dr. Rogers is passionate about cancer research and dedicated to inspiring the next-generation of scientists, particularly women and under-represented minorities. Dr. Rogers received her PhD from the University of Maryland Baltimore and postdoctoral training at Yale University.
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The 16th annual Women of Innovation® event planned for April has been postponed. Details are being finalized and will be provided at a later time. Please contact Maureen Lord with any questions, MLord@CT.org or 860-289-0878.
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