L’Oréal USA honors five women scientists at annual awards ceremony in NYC

NEW YORK — L’Oréal USA honored the recipients of the 2013 L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science at an awards ceremony Thursday evening. Celebrating its 10th year, the program is a national initiative that annually recognizes and rewards five U.S.-based post-doctoral women researchers.


Frédéric Rozé, president and CEO- L'Oréal USA; Suzie Davidowitz, SVP L'Oréal USA; Arpita Bose, Harvard University, microbiologist; Anisa Ismail, Princeton University, molecular biologist; Jessica Rosenworcel,FCC Commissioner; Mary Caswell Stoddard, Harvard University, evolutionary biologist and ornithologist; Robin Evans Stanley, National Institutes of Health, biochemist; Luisa-Whittaker Brooks, Princeton University, chemical and biological engineer; Shirley Malcom, head of directorate of Education and Human Resource Program.


“For 10 years, we have supported 50 post-doctorate female scientists. I am so proud to be a part of a company and initiative that supports innovation and merits women’s contribution to the sciences,” stated Suzie Davidowitz, SVP L'Oréal USA and For Women in Science ambassador.

This year’s awards ceremony was held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The evening’s program welcomed honorary guests and keynote speaker FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who addressed and awarded this year’s winners.  

"Programs like L'Oréal USA For Women In Science are so important. We need to continue to support women across all industries, especially in science, technology, engineering and math — the STEM fields that are driving the modern economy," Rosenworcel stated.

This year’s awards recognized and supported the following post-doctoral female scientists for their scientific research: Arpita Bose, Harvard University microbiologist; Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, Princeton University, chemical and biological engineering; Anisa Salim Ismail, Princeton University, molecular biology; Robin Evans Stanley, National Institutes of Health, biochemistry; Mary Caswell Stoddard, Harvard University, evolutionary biologist and ornithologist.

Each Fellow received up to $60,000 to support their post-doctoral research. In addition to awarding the grants, the program also offered the Fellows professional development workshops facilitated by the program’s partner, American Association for the Advancement of Science, and helped them build networks with female leaders in corporate, academic, government and scientific fields.  

“We applaud the women honored through the L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women in Science program, for their determination to make a difference with and through their science,” stated Shirley Malcom, head of directorate of Education and Human Resource Program with American Association for the Advancement of Science.

L’Oréal USA Fellowships For Women In Science is a national extension of the global L’Oréal — UNESCO For Women in Science program, which, since 1998, has honored 77 Laureates, including two who subsequently were awarded the Nobel Prize. The program has also supported more than 1,652 international Fellows who have made contributions in every field of scientific research. By the end of 2013, a total of 1,729 women scientists from more than 100 countries will have benefitted from the program.

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