NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, L'Orėal USA announced the opening of the application period for the 2017 For Women in Science fellowship program, a national award that honors the important contributions women make in scientific fields. Each year, L'Orėal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to identify five exceptional female researchers who are granted $60,000 each to advance their postdoctoral work. Winners are chosen for their scientific excellence, research potential and commitment to supporting women and girls in science. Over the last 13 years, L'Oréal USA's For Women in Science fellowship program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants to support them during critical stages of their careers.
"The L'Oréal USA For Women in Science program honors extraordinary women who represent the next generation of innovators and scientific leaders," said Lauren Paige, Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at L'Orėal USA. "L'Orėal is proud to recognize the great potential of female scientists and support their ongoing research and continued path toward discovery."
The 2016 For Women in Science fellowship recipients were recognized for their groundbreaking research across a broad range of fields including biological oceanography, physics, stem cell biology and neuroscience.
"The L'Orėal USA For Women in Science award is an incredible celebration of female scientists," said Amy Orsborn, postdoctoral neural engineer at New York University and 2016 FWIS fellow. "By promoting scientists like this year's group of women and the predecessors before us, L'Orėal is helping to transform the image of a typical scientist to include vibrant, smart women who are redefining norms. This award has allowed me to continue my scientific research, and gifted me with a network of like-minded women who make me feel more positively than ever about the future of STEM."
The 2017 L'Orėal USA For Women in Science fellowship application period begins on November 28, 2016 and runs until February 3, 2017. Applicants should have exceptional academic records, clearly articulated research proposals with the potential for scientific advancement and outstanding letters of recommendation from advisors. Applicants are also evaluated on their commitment to supporting women and girls in STEM.
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) partners with L'Orėal USA to manage the program's two-round application and peer-review process. In the first round, applications are evaluated by experienced scientists in the candidates' respective fields. In the second round, a distinguished jury of eminent scientists evaluates the top-ranked candidates and selects the five winners.
Each year, the program attracts incredibly talented applicants from a variety of scientific fields, representing some of the nation's leading academic institutions and laboratories. Winners will be announced in October and the awards ceremony will take place in November in Washington, D.C. Applications and additional information are available at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.
The L'Orėal USA For Women in Science Fellowship is part of the global L'Orėal-UNESCO For Women in Science program that was developed in 1998. Since its creation, the international program has recognized and honored more than 2,250 scientists in over 110 countries for their inspiring work.
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L'Oréal USA is the largest subsidiary of the L'Oréal Group, the world's leading beauty company. L'Oréal USA manages a portfolio of more than 30 iconic beauty brands, including Garnier, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Kérastase, Lancôme, La Roche-Posay, L'Oréal Paris and Yves Saint Laurent Beauté. L'Oréal USA also serves as the international hub for the product development and marketing strategy for L'Oréal's 15 American brands: Baxter of California, Carol's Daughter, Clarisonic, Dermablend, Essie, IT Cosmetics, Kiehl's, Matrix, Maybelline New York, Mizani, NYX Professional Makeup, Ralph Lauren Fragrances, Redken, Softsheen-Carson, SkinCeuticals and Urban Decay. Generating more than $6 billion in sales annually, L'Oréal USA is committed to growth through sustainable innovation, driven by the company's Sharing Beauty With All ambition for sustainable development across the Group's value chain. The company is headquartered in New York City, employs more than 10,000 people, and operates administrative, research, manufacturing and distribution facilities across 13 states, including Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, New Jersey, Ohio, Texas and Washington. For more information, visit www.lorealusa.com or follow on Twitter @LOrealUSA.
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