During its annual meeting on November 30, the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health’s Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS) presented Megan Moreno, MD, MSEd, MPH, vice chair of Academic Affairs and professor, General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, with its inaugural GWIMS Advancing Women in Medicine and Science Award. The award recognizes scholarship or advocacy work that specifically advances women in medicine and science.
Moreno has earned an outstanding national and international reputation as a leading scholar in adolescent health and social media research. She has published 170 peer-reviewed articles of original research, and over the past decade she and her team have published the largest body of work regarding adolescent health and social media to date.
Moreno is paying forward her success in the realm of research by mentoring a wide variety of learners. She has taught and mentored more than 80 women ranging from high school students to senior faculty. In 2019, Moreno was the lead author of “Women Rock Science,” a first-of-its kind book that explores key strategies for success in science and celebrates women in science. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she organized interest groups for young faculty to focus on career development and creating community. Moreno also co-teaches the MEDPHYS/PEDS 705 course “Women and Leadership in Science, Engineering and Medicine” each fall. These are just some of the notable examples of her efforts to promote success for women in scientific and investigatory careers.