Founded in 2020, Science Sistas, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of Chicago, IL, that seeks to help provide resources to reduce the barrier that Black women face entering into graduate biomedical and professional healthcare programs, including but not limited to medical, pharmacy, dental, osteopathic, optometry, physical therapy, and biomedical. These resources include a ‘hub’ of information and scholarships offered to young Black Women to help reduce the financial burden of applying to professional healthcare programs. For young women who may not have access to a professional mentor or who may have questions, we provide career exploration opportunities and down to Earth advice in various science disciplines.
Our goal is to help alleviate financial barriers while empowering and advancing for our future generation of Black women in healthcare. Our target audience is black women of African descent (i.e. African-American, Black, African, Afro-Caribbean, etcetera). However, our resources are open to all minorities! All donations are used to provide scholarships to doctoral degree applicants!
Meet Our Founder and Executive Director
Tyona Golden, MSMS
Tyona (Ty) Golden, born and raised on the Southside of Chicago attended the University of Kentucky, where she obtained a Bachelor's degree in Economics with a double minor in Political Science and International Business. As a career changer, she attended a post-baccalaureate program at the University of Michigan and completed her Master of Science in Medical Sciences at the University of Kentucky. She is a second-year medical school student at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.
After applying for medical school, Ty began to reflect on the total costs of the application process and the financial burden this can have on the student and their family—thus Science Sistas, Inc. came to be. Ty is passionate about health disparities, empowering women, and helping to reduce hardships faced by members of the various communities in which she belongs.