AUBURN – Auburn University’s College of Sciences and Mathematics, or COSAM, will hold the second annual Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5K Run on April 21 in recognition of Wooten’s contributions as a mentor, scientist, scholar and academic administrator and her commitment to student training and outreach.
In addition to the 5K run that begins at 8 a.m. outside Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, the event will also include a one-mile walk beginning at 8:20 a.m.
Last year’s 5K hosted over 150 participants and proceeds from the event provided scholarship support to four female students in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. The scholarships were created through gifts to the Auburn University Foundation by friends, colleagues and family members of Wooten.
Prior to her death, Wooten had planned to combine her loves of running and COSAM and host a 5K to raise money for COSAM scholarships. To honor her memory, the first 5K was held last year to see her vision fulfilled.
“Last year’s race exceeded our expectations,” Brook Moates, race coordinator, said. “We could not have done it without our sponsors, participants and volunteers. Everyone came together to make sure the 5K was a success. We are looking forward to this year being even more successful.”
“It is such an honor to receive the Marie Wooten scholarship,” said Britney Oliver, a sophomore in COSAM and was one of last year’s recipients. “She was such an inspirational woman and scientist here at Auburn, and I hope to achieve the same great success.”
Wooten was co-founder of the Institute for Women in Sciences and Engineering and provided leadership in developing numerous education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines. She was also a member of the National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, which focuses on enhancing diversity in STEM fields.
For more information about the Marie W. Wooten Memorial 5K Run, go to www.facebook.com/wooten5k or contact Brook Moates at (334) 844-2931 or firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for the race online, go to https://tpg.auburn.edu/ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=83&SINGLESTORE=true.
(Contributed by Katie Horn.)