Science Award for Women in Developing Countries

Skepchick readers are an international bunch so I wanted to to quickly mention an interesting award I read about today. The Elsevier Foundation, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and the Organization for Women in Sciences for the Developing World have teamed up to offer a $5,000 award for early career, women scientists.

Their tagline is: “Celebrating the achievements of early career women scientists creates role models, critical to retaining top talent and building a stronger research culture in developing countries.”

Each year the focus of the award will rotate between life sciences, chemistry, and physics/math with this year focusing on life sciences. In addition to the cash, the winners will receive an all expense paid trip to the Association for the Advancement of Sciences conference in February 2013. Qualified applicants received their Ph.D. in the past ten years, are pursuing a career in science, and are from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Applications are due September 30th so spread the word to qualified applicants!


Jacqueline, a true Floridian, wandered up to the tundra of Athens, Georgia to receive her PhD in computational quantum chemistry. Returning to her roots, she is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in Tampa in the field of computational biochemistry investigating the wonders of penicillin-like drugs. When she is not slaving over the computer, her varied interests include international travel, Brazilian jiu jitsu, kickboxing, fancy food, (American) football, and Belgian quadrupels. She is also the founder of EligibleReceiver.com, a football blog with an exclusive female writing staff. Check out her sports ramblings there or follow her on Twitter @jhargis9.

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