Benos Early Career Prof. Service Award

2017 Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Awardee

Patricia Silveyra, Ph.D.
Pennsylvania State College of Medicine

Dr. Patricia Silveyra has been actively involved in service to her community and the APS for the past decade. Dr. Silveyra served in numerous activities including science fairs, conference planning, mentoring, advocacy and fundraising. Her efforts are particularly targeted to promote the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in science.

A native of Argentina, Dr. Silveyra moved to the US in 2008 for a post-doctoral fellowship at Penn State College of Medicine and began serving in local Hispanic communities. Dr. Silveyra is the current president for a local non-profit, Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania promoting health and education in the local Hispanic community. Through this, she organized the 2016 STEM Latin Gala to highlight the contributions of Latinos to science and created a peer-mentoring program for Hispanic medical and undergraduate students. She is also a member of the Latino Hispanic Professional Association and the faculty advisor for the Latino Hispanic Medical Student Association. In addition to mentoring students of all levels and backgrounds in her lab, Dr. Silveyra is the program director for a summer research program for minority undergraduate students. Because of her commitments, Penn State College of Medicine appointed Dr. Silveyra as Interim Director for Diversity and Inclusion in Education in 2015.

Dr. Silveyra is also a leader in serving women in Physiology. She is president of the Hershey chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) and involved in the Organization for the Advancement of Women and the Association for Women in Science.

Dr. Silveyra participates in K-12 outreach activities at Milton Hershey school, a private school for minority and disadvantaged children, and at Hershey Elementary school where she has organized PhUN week for the past 2 years. As a surrogate for the APS, Dr. Silveyra has also presented the APS science fair award at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in Harrisburg, PA for the past 4 years.

Currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology at Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, Dr. Silveyra has already established herself as a leader in professional service. The APS is honored to present the Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award to Dr. Silveyra and looks forward to see what she accomplishes in the future.

APS congratulates Dr. Patricia Silveyra on this well-deserved recognition.