Victoria Heimer-McGinn, Co-Founder & President, BRAIN WAVES RHODE ISLAND

Leading Ladies 2024


You may have caught Victoria Heimer-McGinn in the local news or on TV. One could say she’s an influencer and the brand she enthusiastically promotes is the human brain. As co-founder and president of BRAIN WAVES RHODE ISLAND, the former Fulbright scholar from Puerto Rico who completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at Brown University, is fiercely dedicated to engaging kids and adults across the Ocean State to discover the joy of brain research. As her students at Roger Williams University could attest to, “Getting people excited about learning is one of my superpowers,” adds Victoria.

Through BWRI, Victoria and her team strive to make neuroscience palatable and accessible, making textbook science come to life with activities and interactive demonstrations. “We have served thousands of students through our Brainy Visits school program, and welcomed even more to our annual brain fairs in March and year-round events.”

“I’ve made it my mission to empower more people to choose science as a career, especially people from communities that are underrepresented in the sciences,” says Victoria. “To me, this is the most fabulous job!”


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