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2008 L’Oréal USA Fellowships Awarded
June 11, 2008

Recently, Laurent Attal, President and CEO, L’Oréal USA, and Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, President, National Academy of Sciences, honored the 2008 recipients of the esteemed L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. These women were recognized for conducting innovative and breakthrough research across a range of disciplines, including neuroscience, oceanography, and aerospace engineering.

The prestigious L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science, now in their fifth year, provide support to postdoctoral women scientists who are undertaking cutting-edge research with practical applications in today’s society. By researching such current pressing issues as Parkinson’s disease and the reduction of fuel consumption, these Fellows represent the next generation of women scientific role models, following in the footsteps of chemist and physicist Marie Curie, and Elizabeth Blackwell, who, in 1849, became the first woman to graduate from medical school. Awardees each receive $40,000 to be used toward independent scientific research. In addition, recognizing that funding is just one of several components necessary to help women build successful careers in the sciences, the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science also offer professional development workshops for awardees, and help these Fellows build networks with accomplished women leaders in corporate, academic, governmental and scientific fields.

The awards ceremony was preceded by a panel discussion. The panel focused on dispelling the gender myths that undermine women’s potential in the sciences. Panelists discussed how they overcame challenges to achieve successful careers in their fields.

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