Contact List of Member Professional Associations and Organizations

The Ventures Scholars Program understands the importance of linking with professional associations and organizations that can help Ventures Scholars prepare for math- and science-based careers.

To date, the following professional associations and organizations have partnered with the Ventures Scholars Program to assist high school and undergraduate Ventures Scholars. A contact person's name, email address and phone number are included. Speak with the contact person career opportunities as well as scholarship opportunities.

American Academy of Family Physicians
Family practice is the medical specialty that integrates the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to provide continuing and comprehensive health care to individuals and families. The scope of family practice encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system and every disease entity. Family physicians provide diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses, health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, counseling, and patient education. They work in a variety of clinical settings and professional areas. In addition to direct patient care, family physicians pursue opportunities in academics, administration, research and public policy.

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is the national association of family doctors and one of the largest national medical organizations. For more information about family practice, visit the Academy's Web site at Click on the student tab to access the Virtual Family Medicine Interest Group for an inside look at the specialty of family practice.

Jay Fetter, Student Interest/Special Constiuencies Manager
Phone: (913) 906-6000 x6724

Zori Rodriguez, Student Interest/Special Constiuencies Manager
Phone: (913) 906-6000 x4134

American Association of Colleges of Nursing
The potential and the solution to the nursing shortage lies in the profession of nursing itself and in the tremendous range of opportunity it offers to young people considering a career in health care. Our job is to communicate that message and bring the image of the nursing profession in line with the realities of its tremendous social importance and personal potential for career satisfaction. Please go to

Pamela Malloy
Director of Special Projects
1 Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20034
(202) 463-6930

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Did you know that pharmacy is the third largest health profession in the US and that pharmacists play a vital role in improving patient care through the medicine and information they provide? Pharmacy majors learn to provide drug products and drug information in all areas of patient care. They also learn to monitor drug therapy in order to ensure that the treatment is appropriate, safe, therapeutically effective, and cost-effective. If you are interested in chemistry, biology, math, solving problems and helping others, this career may be for you. A student who majors in pharmacy prepares students to provide the drugs used in treatment of disease and to monitor drug therapy. Many pharmacists work closely with the physicians and other health professionals in educating and motivating patients to manage their drug therapy. Some colleges of pharmacy in the United States prepare students to provide these services.

Libby J. Ross, PharmCAS & Student Affairs
Phone: (703) 739-2330 x1024

American Dental Education Association
ADEA is the leading national organization for dental education. Our members include all U.S. and Canadian dental schools, advanced dental education programs, hospital dental education programs, allied dental education programs, corporations, faculty, and students.

The ADEA has a continuing commitment to leadership and diversity. The mission of the American Dental Education Association is to lead individuals and institutions of the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research, and the delivery of oral health care for the improvement of the health of the public.

Dr. Jeanne Sinkford, Associate Executive Director
Phone: (202) 667-9433

American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The Institute encourages original research, furthers dissemination of new knowledge, fosters the professional development of those engaged in scientific and engineering activities, improves public understanding of the profession and its contributions, fosters education in engineering and science, promotes communication among engineers and scientists as well as other professional groups, and stimulates outstanding professional accomplishments.

The AIAA Foundation supports the viability of the future aerospace professional, practicing aerospace professionals and the organizations and institutions involved in aerospace by: funding student programs including financial assistance, research opportunities and professional contact; recognizing outstanding individual contributions; and providing other services to aerospace professionals. The AIAA Foundation funds a number of scholarships on both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

AIAA's undergraduate scholarship program offers 30 scholarships of $2,000 - $2,500 to one or more college sophomores, juniors, and seniors each year. Students also have the opportunity to renew the scholarship annually until they graduate.

Stephen Brock, Student Programs Liaison
Phone: (703) 264-7536

American Occupational Therapy Association
Young or old, we all have a job to do - the job of living. Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes, and caring for our families are among the "occupations" of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other challenges often prevent people from fully participating in the job of living. Disease, injury, depression, or developmental problems can make it difficult for people to do everyday tasks or be active and independent.

Occupational therapy - a vibrant, growing profession - makes it possible for people to achieve independence and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career in occupational therapy, you will make a difference! You will be able to improve the lives of people, from newborns to the very old.

Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Student Liaison
Phone: (301) 652-6611 ext. 2051

American Physical Therapy Association
In today’s health care system, physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives.

In today’s health care system, physical therapists are the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move the way they want and function as well as they want in their daily lives.

Johnette L. Meadows, PT, Director of Minority/International Affairs
Phone: (703) 706-3143

American Speech-Language Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language Hearing Association promotes the interests of and provide the highest quality services for professionals in audiology, speech-language pathology, and speech and hearing science, and to advocate for people with communication disabilities.

Loretta M. Nunez
Director, Academic Affairs
10801 Rockville Pike
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 897-5700 ext. 4418

Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY)
The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) is a consortium of the 14 medical schools, public and private, in the State of New York. Specifically, AMS develops and implements projects on behalf of the medical schools, carries on public education activities through distribution of position papers, organizes conferences and strives to play a constructive role in health policy making in the State by making available to legislators and policy makers the expertise that resides in the schools. An example of AMS programming is the statewide effort to increase enrollment of underrepresented minorities and the economically disadvantaged in New York medical schools. Through its Office of Minority Affairs, AMS carries on a multi-faceted program that includes academic enrichment for pre-college and college students along with recruitment conferences for both high school and college students.

  • High School Ventures Scholars in New York City: iMentor matches young people from underserved communities in New York City with adult volunteers. Mentors & mentees email one another regularly, meet in-person a few times each semester at iMentor-sponsored events, and collaborate on-line on projects designed to improve students' reading, writing, research, and technology skills.

  • Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: Each year, the Associated Medical Schools of New York sponsors a Health Careers Conference and Recruitment Fair for college students. For information about AMSNY programs, go to

Henryne Tobias, Project Director
Phone: (212) 643-8952

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Students enrolled in veterinary colleges come from a wide variety of educational and employment backgrounds. Generally, you want an undergraduate school that offers a strong science program. Students wishing to apply to veterinary college should earn good grades in their pre-professional studies, especially in math and science. It is not necessary that a student complete a program specifically labeled "pre-veterinary" or "pre-vet." It is, however, necessary for applicants to complete all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a veterinary medical college. These requirements vary significantly from one institution to another. For a complete list of specific veterinary college prerequisites, please order and consult the Veterinary Medical School Admissions Requirements in the United States and Canada (VMSAR) book by calling Purdue University Press at (800) 247-6553.

Brian Smith, Student Services Coordinator
Phone: (877) 862-2740

Association of Physician Assistant Programs
The Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP) is the only national organization in the United States representing physician assistant (PA) educational programs.

Physician assistants are educated in intensive medical programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) . The average PA program curriculum is 111 weeks, compared with 155 weeks for medical school. PA programs look for students who have a desire to study, work hard, and to be of service to their community. Some physician assistant programs require applicants to have previous health care experience and some college education. Commonly nurses, EMTs, and paramedics apply to PA programs. Check-out the following two resources for more information:

  • Check with the more than 130 PA educational programs of interest to you for a list of their prerequisites.

  • For more detailed information for each program, you should subscribe to the On-line PA Programs Directory. This on-line catalog lists addresses, admissions deadlines, course requirements and other relevant information. The Directory's search function allows customized searches among the program databases, allowing you to search by tuition level, degree sought, application deadline, CASPA participation and more. You can easily compare more than 130 PA programs nationwide to find the best PA educational programs to meet your needs.

Geraldene Darden, Assistant Director of Marketing
Phone: (703) 836-2272 ext. 3413

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Optometrists perform comprehensive examinations of both the internal and external structures of the eye, carry out subjective and objective tests to evaluate patients' vision, analyze the test findings, establish a diagnosis, and determine the appropriate treatment. Optometrists treat a variety of conditions and illnesses. They treat eye diseases such as glaucoma and ulcers; visual skill problems such as the inability to move, align, fixate and focus the eye; and clarity problems such as simple near or farsightedness or complications due to the aging process, disease, accident, or malfunction.

Enid-Mai Jones
Director, Career Promotion and Student Affairs
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-5944 ext. 3019

Engineering Education Service Center (EESC)
The EESC is a full service, K-12 engineering education center. We publish the FREE Pre-Engineering Times newsletter as well as other books and informative materials. We provide many online resources about engineering, engineering education, scholarships, competitions, college events and much more for students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors. The EESC also provides presentations, workshops, publications and services for pre-engineering programs to ensure that they have the supporting materials or services needed.

Celeste Baine
Director, Engineering Education Service Center
Editor, The Pre-Engineering Times
VP of Career Guidance, Society of Women Engineers - NW Section
PO Box 70326
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 988-1005

Foundation of New York State Nurses' Association
The Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association is a not-for-profit corporation. Charitable, educational, literary, and scientific in nature, the Foundation's primary purpose is to increase public knowledge and understanding of nursing, the nursing profession, and the arts and sciences on which human health depends. It addresses its mission through three program centers:

The Center for Public Education...
dedicated to improving health care, health consciousness and public understanding and utilization of professional nurses.

The Center for Nursing Research...
dedicated to improving nursing practice through nursing research.

The Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History...
dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding of the profession's magnificent services to society.

Susan Fraley, MS, RN, Executive Director
Phone: (518) 456-7858 ext. 29

Lucent Global Scholars Science Program
Optimize your Studies in Math, Science and Engineering
Compete to become a Lucent Global Science Scholar - for the opportunity to spend a week at Bell Labs, meet leading scientists - including a Nobel Prize winning physicist, engage in team work with peers from around the world, and win a one-time $5,000 cash award.

Click on for more information and a downloadable application, due on February 25, 2004.

Beth Barak, Lucent Global Science Scholars Program
Institute of International Education
Phone: (212) 984-5495

Mathematical Association of America
The Mathematical Association of America strives to advance the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate level. Of central importance in this mission is the role of students as they enter college, pursue their education and make their way into the work force or field of advanced study. The MAA works to support the efforts and activities of students at all of these points of their mathematical journey.

The MAA Student Chapters program encourages students to continue study in the mathematical sciences and provides opportunities to meet with other students interested in mathematics, interact with prominent mathematicians at national meetings, and receive career information. There are no scholastic requirements; students need not have a particular class standing, grade point average, or be mathematics majors.

Michael Pearson, Director of Programs and Services
Phone: (202) 387-5200

Minority Health Professions Foundation
The Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) is dedicated to providing the highest level of support for the advancement of professional development, education, research and community service for minorities. In addition, we work diligently to ensure that the advancement of health professions among minorities works directly to serve the health and wellness of our often-underserved communities.

Our 12 colleges and universities educate and train 50 percent of African American physicians, 50 percent of African American dentists, 50 percent of African American pharmacists and 75 percent of African American veterinarians in the United States. We have also educated growing numbers of minorities with doctorates in the biomedical sciences and related disciplines.

Without our schools, the number of minority professionals in the United States would be even more under-represented as practitioners and in other leadership positions than at present. And, without our graduates, our communities would be even more underserved with respect to quality healthcare.

Anika Foster, MPH, Professional Development Manager
Phone: (404) 756-8931

Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP)—Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has a commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in medical education. Our training and exposure opportunities can help put you on the path to a career in medicine.

  • High School and Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: For even more resources about deciding and preparing to apply, visit Considering a Career In Medicine and Applying to Medical School. The Minorities in Medicine site provides information related to minority medical student preparation, the medical education pipeline, and financial aid opportunities available to minorities.

  • Undergraduate Ventures Scholars:
    Minority Medical Education Program (MMEP)

    Take advantage of this FREE (full tuition, housing, and meals) six-week summer medical school preparatory program to help promising, highly motivated minority students gain admission to medical schools.

National Program Office
Phone: (877) 310-MMEP

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
NACME (the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering) has provided leadership and support for the national effort to increase the representation of successful African American, American Indian and Latino women and men in engineering and technology, math- and science-based careers.

  • High School Ventures Scholars: NACME's precollege programs have assisted and enlightened thousands of young people through the years, and continue to do so today. NACME's extensive scholarship programs support achievement from coast to coast. In addition to this site, we encourage Ventures Scholars to visit Math Is Power, Figure This! and NACME's newest site, GuideMeNACME. Go to

  • Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: NACME has a lot to offer university students. From their extensive scholarships section to the list of engineering societies, you're sure to find the information you need. Go to

Aileen Walter, Vice President, Scholarship Management
Phone: (212) 279-2626 ext. 241

National Hispanic Institute
The National Hispanic Institute was founded 20 years ago in Austin, Texas. Beginning with only 90 students for the Young Leaders Conference in 1981, the work of the Institute today features eight different leadership programs that operate both nationally and internationally and serve between 3,200 to 4,000 students a year. NHI’s primary work is to provide high achieving Latino youth in high school and college with key learning experiences that hone their skills as future leaders in the Latino community. Information about several of their programs are listed below. Click here for more information about NHI programs.

  • High School Sophomore Ventures Scholars: The Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session is the most popular and recognized high school age leadership program of NHI. Started in 1983, it is conducted at five national training sites in Texas, Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, and California. It is organized around a youth state government to introduce the students to organizational and public issues that impact the Latino community.

  • High School Junior Ventures Scholars: The Collegiate World Series is the third high school leadership project of NHI. It guides high school seniors in the admissions process. Three CWS projects take place during the summer. Seven to ten additional projects are implemented each year through contracts with school districts that request similar services for their graduating seniors.

  • High School Senior and Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: The Mexico Language Program is offered to students after high school graduation and during college. They travel to El Tecnológico in Monterrey, Mexico, where they receive language instruction in an intensive month long course taught by college professors. They live in university dormitories, supervised by adult employed for the summer by NHI. They participate in several cultural enrichment tours and student social life on and off campus. College students who wish to participate in the MLP and receive credit can go to through NHI's University of Guanajuato program near Mexico City, D.F.

  • Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: The purpose of the John F. Lopez Fellowship program is to provide college age young men and women with a means to share their developing knowledge and expertise with others. As counselors, research specialists, trainers and planners, interns gain direct interactive experiences that enable them to critically examine the needs and capacities required for future leadership. To date, over 80 selected students have participated as John F. Lopez Fellows at NHI.

Julio Irving Cotto, Director of Collegiate Services
Phone: (512) 357-6137 ext. 205

National Learning for Life Program
High School Ventures Scholars: Exploring is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning for Life's career education program for young men and women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade) through 20 years old. Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences that help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, service learning, character education, and leadership experience. Explorers can specialize in a variety of career skills, including Engineering, Health, and Science.

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National Student Nurses' Association
The nursing profession needs talented, caring people from every ethnic and religious background. Nursing offers opportunities from bedside practice, nurse practitioner positions, and top management appointments in all kinds of health-care settings. There are many specialties to choose from and nursing jobs are available everywhere in the United States as well as internationally. The job outlook for nursing is excellent! Nursing school is intellectually challenging. Students need to be motivated with a genuine desire to help others regardless of how difficult their illness might be. Check-out the following two resources to find out more:

  • National Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Career Center where you can explore a career in nursing and find listings of nursing programs in the US.

  • The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's Future Discover Nursing Web site: includes a searchable nursing scholarship data base and profiles of nurses in many different specialties. The National Student Nurses' Association is a membership organization representing students in Associate Degree, Diploma, Baccalaureate, generic Masters and generic Doctoral programs preparing students for Registered Nurse licensure, as well as registered nurses with associate degrees and Diplomas in RN to BSN programs.

Susan Wong, CAE
Phone: (718) 210-0705 ext. 105

Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
Today's veterinarians are in the unique position of being the only doctors trained to protect the health of both animals and people. They are not only educated to meet the health needs of every species of animal but they play a significant role in environmental protection, food safety, and public health.

According to consumer surveys, veterinarians consistently rank among the most respected professionals in the country. Currently close to 80,000 veterinarians actively practice in the United States and the profession is growing at a rate of approximately 3% per year.

Melinda Capers, Communications Director
Phone: (614) 486-7253

SUNY Metropolitan Recruitment Center
The State University of New York Metropolitan Recruitment Center (MRC), located in Manhattan, provides targeted outreach programs and services regarding the University to students, parents, and secondary school counselors in the New York metropolitan and surrounding area. The MRC is the regional representative for the State University of New York's 64 campuses.

Randy H. Miller, Director
Phone: (212) 818-1204


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