The Physiologist

Patricia Silveyra Receives Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award

Silveyra From left to right: Dennis Brown (APS President-Elect), Jane Reckelhoff (APS President), Patricia Silveyra, and Erica Dale (TAC Chair)

Patricia Silveyra (Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Penn State College of Medicine) received the 10th annual Dale J. Benos Early Career Professional Service Award. This award honors an early career APS member who demonstrates dedication and commitment to furthering the broader goals of the physiology community.

The APS Trainee Advisory Committee (TAC) selected Silveyra from a competitive pool of applicants based on a description of her contributions to the physiology community, letters of recommendation, and her CV. Silveyra has been actively involved in service to her community and the APS for the past decade, 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, Silveyra moved to the U.S. in 2008 for a postdoctoral fellowship at Penn State College of Medicine and began serving in local Hispanic communities. She is the current president of a local nonprofit, Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania, promoting health and education in the local Hispanic community. Through this group, 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, Silveyra is the program director for a summer research program for minority undergraduate students. Because of her commitments, Penn State College of Medicine appointed her as interim director for diversity and inclusion in education in 2015.

Silveyra is also a leader in serving women in physiology. She is president of the Hershey chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) and is involved in the Association for Women in Science (AWIS). She 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. She also has presented the APS local science fair award at the Capital Area Science and Engineering Fair in Harrisburg, PA for the past 4 years.

Silveyra received a $1,000 honorarium, a recognition certificate, and complimentary EB 2017 registration.