A group of trailblazing women gave advice to aspiring scientists in Washington, D.C. last month. Top women scientists gathered to celebrate L’Oréal USA’s newest For Women in Science Fellowship recipients.
Five post-doctoral scientists, whose fields range from biological oceanography to neuroscience physics, each were awarded a $60,000 grant to advance their work.
One of the main goals of L’Oréal’s program is for women scientists to inspire other women to succeed in science, technology, engineering and math.
The L’Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowship program has awarded 65 post-doctoral women scientists more than 3 million dollars since 2003.
Graduate student, 29-year-old Winter Okoth from Kenya, conducts malaria research at John’s Hopkins University, takes in every word of advice from the women.
“I think events like this are really important. We need women to embrace and empower women, especially in the STEM fields, where they don’t have so many opportunities,” the researcher said.
The fellowship winners are demonstrating their commitment to becoming leaders in their fields and role models for future generations. As each fellowship winner takes the stage, they give advice to a group of young girls in the audience. It’s important for them to see their dreams are possible.
“Never stop asking questions and never stop seeking answers to those questions,” said Anela Choy, postdoctoral fellow at Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington brought a group of girls, all interested in STEM fields, to hear from the fellowship recipients and to learn about degrees in science and possible career paths.
This is the 13th year L’Oréal has awarded grants to post-doctoral women scientists. They believe that by providing support at a pivotal moment in their careers empowers their future work.
The recipients also joined women from within the Obama Administration in Washington to discuss challenges women face in STEM.