Anderson Wins Alumnae Grant

Anderson Wins Alumnae Grant

Lisa BlaskowskiLisa Blaskowski Anderson (MS15) received a 2017 Alumnae of Northwestern University Research grant to increase technological literacy among low-income and underrepresented high school students, a joint research project with Feinberg School of Medicine.

The grant will provide equipment and implement electronic tablet-based learning within the Northwestern Medicine Scholars Program curriculum to bolster students’ college and career readiness.

The Northwestern Medical Scholars program is an educational partnership between Chicago Public Schools’ George Westinghouse College Prep and Northwestern Medicine to help outstanding high school students explore and prepare for potential careers in medicine.

Until now, the program hasn’t owned any electronic equipment, which has “hindered scholars’ ability to keep pace with like-peers and college and career readiness standards,” according to the grant application.

Piloting tablet-based learning in the curriculum will help close the gap and allow the program to model best practices in educational technologies used at Northwestern University’s Chicago and Evanston campuses.

“The program is one response to much larger national calls for more diverse representation in health science and STEM doctoral programs as a whole, including underrepresented minorities and socio-economically disadvantaged groups,” Anderson said.

Anderson, senior project coordinator of special projects at Northwestern University’s Office of the President, serves as the main liaison between the faculty, staff, high school students and the campuses. Each scholar meets regularly with a Northwestern faculty member, resident, medical student, and undergraduate.

“The opportunity to develop mentoring relationships is incredibly motivating,” said Anderson, who received her master’s in higher education administration and policy. 

The project, a collaboration between the president’s office and Feinberg, is titled, “Closing the Gap in College and Career Readiness for Low-Income Students; Student-Centered Learning through Educational Technologies.

In addition to Anderson, grant recipients include Clyde Yancy, professor of medicine and vice dean of diversity and inclusion at Feinberg; Janet Rocha, a postdoctoral fellow at Feinberg; and Michelle Fluellen, president of Northwestern’s One Step Before (OSB) minority premedical scholars student group.

The Alumnae of Northwestern University is an all-volunteer organization of women that raises funds for a wide range of projects to benefit the University and showcases the University’s academic resources with the community through its Continuing Education program.



By Julie Deardorff
Last Modified: 11/3/17