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L’Oréal USA Announces 15th Year of For Women in Science Fellowship

The beauty company has announced five female postdoctoral scientists as the recipients of its annual fellowship.

L’Oréal USA has announced the recipients of its 2018 For Women in Science fellowship.

Marking its 15th anniversary, the beauty company has named five female postdoctoral scientists as the recipients of its annual fellowship. The recipients include Amber Alhadeff, Stacy Copp, Brecca Gaffney, Fan Liu and Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert. The fellowship will provide them with $60,000 in grant money, as well as mentorship by other female postdoctoral scientists.

“I am inspired by the work this year’s For Women in Science fellows are doing, both in the lab and in their communities as role models for the next generation of women in STEM,” said Frédéric Rozé, president and chief executive officer of L’Oréal USA, in a statement. “At L’Oréal, beauty is based in science, which is central to our belief that science makes progress possible. On the 15th anniversary of the For Women in Science program, we proudly celebrate the groundbreaking scientific contributions of these female leaders.”

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The fellows will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Oct. 25 at the French Embassy in Washington, D.C. hosted by “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell. The ceremony marks the start of a week of events for the fellows, including a roundtable discussion at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, a visit to Capitol Hill for a discussion on science policies and careers with leading congressional staff, and a lab tour of L’Oréal USA’s research and innovation facility.

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In its 15 years, the For Women in Science fellowship has recognized 75 postdoctoral female scientists with over $3.8 million in grant money.

“The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship helped me establish myself as a successful researcher early in my career,” said Sridevi Sarma, 2008 For Women in Science fellow. “The funding accelerated my research on Parkinson’s Disease and honed my leadership skills, which led me to be a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2012 and has been critical to my current work on epilepsy.”

To further its efforts in advancing women in STEM fields, L’Oréal USA is supporting the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s new study, “Promising Practices for Addressing the Underrepresentation of Women in STEM,” which will identify strategies for improving women’s representation in STEM and will highlight successful policies and practices that have been effective in increasing women’s participation.

The fellowship program is a part of the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Awards, which recognizes female scientists globally.