Barbara Hamkalo

How proud AAUW-LB is of Dr. Barbara Hamkalo and her many accomplishments in promoting the success of women and girls.

The UCI BioSci Ayala School 2017 Dean’s Report highlighted the work of Barbara Hamkalo since her retirement. It said she “is deeply involved in Tech Trek, a summer camp that exposes middle-school girls to science and technology.  The program is held by the American Association of University Women,” of which Professor Hamkalo is an active member and former president.

Barbara said, “I am proud of my work with AAUW. The Tech Trek program has been a tremendous success in California.  The students who complete the program go on to take higher level math and science courses than their peers, both male and female, and are better informed about careers in the sciences.

   Professor Hamkalo is also an Orange County Achievement Rewards for College Sciences Foundation (ARCS) member.  The national all-female non-profit funds scholar awards for U.S. citizens pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Professor Hamkalo has served as a president and donor, has written grants to support ARCS scholars and organizes field trips.”

   Barbara was named a “prestigious UCI Edward A. Dickson Endowed Emeritus Professor a year after her retirement.  She worked to establish the Graduate Student Resource Center and served as one of UCI’s representatives during labor negotiations with United Auto Workers, who had unionized the UC Postdoctoral Scholars.  In keeping with her zest for service, Professor Hamkalo became the president of the UCI Emeriti Association and currently chairs its program committee.”