If You Are a Female Science Whiz, L'Oréal Could Give You $60K

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In case you need another reason to consider science as a career direction, maybe the potential to win a $60,000 grant from L'Oréal can persuade you.

Yesterday, L'Oréal announced the five lucky recipients of its For Women in Science Fellowship. The program, established in 2003, has granted $3 million to 60 kick*** ladies who are doing amazing things in their respective fields of science.

"Women across the country are showing how important they are to the future of STEM [science, technology, engineering and math], but we must do more to help them succeed," says Lauren Paige, Vice President of Public Affairs & Strategic Initiatives at L'Oréal USA. "The L'Oréal For Women in Science program was built on a simple belief – that the world needs science and science needs women. As a company that truly values the contributions of women in its workforce, we're honored to support the next generation of women scientists at critical stages of their careers."

This year's fellows include Sarah Ballard, a postdoctoral fellow in exoplanetary astrophysics at MIT (she studies planets in other solar systems that may be like ours); Julie Meyer, a postdoctoral scientist in marine microbiology at the University of Florida (she researches the role of microbes in the health and stability of coral reefs); Sarah Richardson, a postdoctoral fellow in synthetic biology at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab's Joint BioEnergy Institute and at the University of California, Berkeley (she harnesses bacteria that could make new medicines and biofuels); Claire Robertson, a postdoctoral scientist in cancer bioengineering at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (she is working in new, groundbreaking research for a breast cancer cure); and Ming Yi, a postdoctoral scientist in condensed matter physics at the University of California, Berkeley (she is researching molecules to use for high-power transmission lines and high-speed trains).

Winners are chosen based on their smarts, research potential, scientific excellence and their commitment to supporting women and girls in science. Each will receive a $60,000 grant and will spend the next week participating in a mentorship event for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and a visit to the L'Oréal Research & Innovation labs in New Jersey, among other events.

The women surely have plenty of ideas of what to do with all that money, and some of it is going to foster a new generation of lady scientists. "This fellowship will allow me to create a documentary about women in coral research and in marine science," says Julie. "I want to be able to share what it's like to be a marine biologist with girls in middle school and high school age in case they're thinking, 'Is this the career that I could have?' Sometimes you just need to know what does that career look like, and what does somebody in marine science do."
We love that these powerful ladies are working to recruit girls to be the next generation of bad b****es in science to make a world that's #BUILTBYGIRLS.


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