The ARM Fund for Medical and Research Trainee Moms

Support diversity in academic research and medicine by helping Black women with young children and who 
are training to be physicians and research scientists.

HERE WE GO - YEAR TWO! WE DID IT RIGHT IN 2020 SO LET'S KEEP IT GOING!!  Last year we raised over 65K, let's add to that total through the GoFundMe and direct donations to reach a total 2021 goal of $75,000 in new donations. That's enough to give an average of $2,500 towards childcare costs to 30 women who are pursuing their careers in academic STEM/Med fields while also parenting!

We are started this fund from a network of more than 3,000 mothers who work in academic research and medicine.  We know how challenging it is to balance parenting with climbing the academic ladder. The Covid-19 pandemic made progress especially hard for medical/graduate students and advanced trainees with young children but limited childcare options. The pandemic may be easing in the USA but the strain it created for working mothers has not abated. We want to do something to help level the field for other women with children.  This fund will be used to make small grants to help with childcare expenses for medical students, graduate students, medical residents and postdoctoral fellows who are also moms of young children (Up to 4 years of age or with special needs up to age 12). 

So that we can focus our support on women of color, the proceeds will be donated directly to Meharry Medical College.  Meharry is a historically black medical school founded in 1876. Since that time they have continuously educated physicians and scientists with an emphasis on public service. As a non-profit institution, they have graciously agreed to set up and distribute these grants on our behalf to support eligible women within their enrollment network.

This year our goal is to create a lasting non-profit to take the place of this GoFundMe campaign, however, NONE of the proceeds here will be used for that effort.  All funds collected here go directly to either of our partners and quickly become small grants to support eligible women. We'll create the non-profit out of our own pockets and on our own personal time, but until then we are thankful that GoFundMe exists to allow us to keep this program going!

Please donate and help us spread the word so that we can reach as many women as possible with the message that there is a place for you as a mother while also an academician in research and medicine.

Thank you! - Academic Research Moms

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    • $36 
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Mariya Sweetwyne
Seattle, WA

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