As part of L'Oreal USA's commitment to help women scientists achieve their goals, the grant awarded to L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women In Science recipients will increase in 2009 from
The L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program launched in 2003 and has since awarded 25 fellowships to women scientists across the U.S. The application and review process is administrated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The program has attracted a number of ambitious researchers from diverse scientific fields, representing some of the nation's leading academic institutions and laboratories. A jury of nine distinguished scientists — presided over by Dr.
The five L'Oreal USA 2009 Fellows will be invited to attend a week of events in
The L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science is a component of the international L'OREAL-UNESCO For Women in Science program — which annually awards
The program also features the UNESCO-L'OREAL International Fellowships, which annually grant, over a two-year period,
The L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program, and its aim to advance the careers of women postdoctoral researchers in the U.S., is especially relevant in light of America's weakening competitiveness in the global marketplace. There is an urgent need to increase the funding for basic science research in the U.S., and also the number of students, particularly girls and young women, majoring in science, mathematics and engineering.
Earlier this year, L'Oreal USA commissioned a national survey conducted by Harris Interactive of adults and teens, to uncover attitudes and perceptions of women in science in America. Survey results found that 80% of adults believe that more women and minorities are needed in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related fields to best achieve scientific and technological progress.
L'Oreal also understands the need to attract more women to science and to raise awareness of their contributions to the field. Last year, L'Oreal USA launched its For Girls in Science initiative, as an extension of the L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program. The For Girls in Science program strives to engage, inspire and advance young girls' interest in STEM. Young girls are encouraged to participate in hands-on after school science programs.
The L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program is open to women postdoctoral researchers only. Candidates interested in applying may visit the L'Oreal USA Fellowships For Women in Science web site at http://www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience, to obtain more information about program eligibility and requirements. All applications must be postmarked by
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