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Five Female Scientists Awarded L’Oréal Fellowships

Five Female Scientists Awarded L’Oréal Fellowships

Five female scientists considered to be leading researchers in the early phase of their careers have received L’Oréal USA 2006 Fellowships for Women in Science. At an awards ceremony earlier this month at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the recipients, all pursuing cutting-edge scientific work, were each awarded $20,000 to conduct research. Though known as a cosmetics and hair care products company, L’Oréal has held its USA Fellows program for three years to recognize up-and-coming female scientists from across the United States.

“The world benefits from many new discoveries that scientists and their research yield, and the need for trained scientists and researchers has increased,” says Laurent Attal, president and CEO of L’Oréal USA.
“Women continue to be under-represented in many important scientific disciplines, and L’Oréal believes that more can be done to encourage and support women in all fields of science. We firmly believe that science needs women,” he says.

Observers have noted that while the scientific competence of men and women is equal, there is a stark divergence between men’s and women’s careers in the sciences after they reach their late 20s and early 30s. At each stage on the career path, women drop out at higher rates than men. For women in science, the critical years occur during the transition from post-doctoral student to becoming a career scientist, which often coincides with prime child-bearing years.

The 2006 fellowship recipients are:

– Dr. Anne Carpenter, cell and computational
biologist, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical
Research, Sabatini Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass.

– Dr. Anne McNeil, organic and polymer chemist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass.

– Dr. Stacy Philpott, conservation biologist and
ecologist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

– Dr. Michelle Povinelli, optics and photonics
engineer, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif.

– Dr. Antonina Roll-Mecak, cellular and molecular biophysicist, University of California, San Francisco

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