L'Oreal USA Announces Call for Applications for 2018 For Women In Science Program
NEW YORK: L'Oreal USA announced the opening of the application period for the 2018 For Women in Science program, a national fellowship that recognizes and rewards women researchers at critical stages in their careers for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to mentoring the next generation of women in STEM.Each year, L'Oreal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to identify five exceptional U.S.-based female postdoctoral scientists who are granted $60,000 each to advance their research. Over the last 14 years, the L'Oreal USA For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists more than $3.5 million in grants. The program attracts incredibly talented applicants from a variety of scientific fields, representing some of the nation's leading academic institutions and laboratories.
"The For Women in Science program was created out of the belief that the world needs science and science needs women," said Lauren Paige, Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at L'Oreal USA. "As a company that relies on the contributions of a global scientific workforce that is 70% women, we're proud to honor extraordinary female scientists and support their ongoing research to change the world."
The 2017 For Women in Science fellowship recipients were recognized last month at a ceremony at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. for their pioneering research across a broad range of fields including immunobiology, mechanical and biomedical engineering, evolutionary biology, physics and biology.
"I feel proud to have been chosen as a For Women in Science fellow, and honored with the responsibility of encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM," said Sydney Schreppler, a 2017 L'Oreal USA For Women in Science Fellow and current postdoctoral researcher in Physics at UC Berkeley. "I appreciate that the program not only awards women's achievements in research, but also celebrates their contributions in mentoring. Having strong female mentors has been critical to my career as a research scientist, so I'm thrilled that I can support a new young woman colleague in my group with my fellowship funding."