By  on June 1, 2007

L'Oréal honored five women for their achievements and contributions to science through groundbreaking research at the fourth annual L'Oréal USA Fellowships for Women in Science awards, held last Thursday at the American Museum of Natural History.

"We're providing an aopportunity for many women to participate as we help give the momentum to move forward in many ways," said Beatrice Dautresme, L'Oréal's executive vice president of communications and external relations. "Women are underrepresented in science, and our hope is to change that. We're addressing the gap in young girls' exposure to science by providing them with role models."

The five recipients were scientists Jaime Barnes, Sarah Clinton, Julie Huber, Maria Krisch and Kim Woodrow. Dr. Sally Ride, the first American woman to fly in space, was also honored with the L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Role Model Award for her role in helping to shape the image of women in science.

"Research has showed that in middle school around fifth grade is when we begin to lose students interested in science," said Ride. "It's important to support and sustain women's interest in science through programs like this, showing that science is creative and collaborative. It's up to all of us through efforts like this to help young women of today to achieve their own dreams."

Each winner received a $40,000 grant, which will be put toward their independent scientific research. The fellowship also helps strengthen networks in the scientific community and provides professional development workshops with women leaders across industries.

As of January, L'Oréal organizations in 22 countries have held National Fellowship ceremonies, including Brazil, United Kingdom, China, Canada, Czech Republic and Finland.

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