Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Five Female Scientists Awarded L'Oreal Fellowships

Magazine article Diverse Issues in Higher Education

Five Female Scientists Awarded L'Oreal Fellowships

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NEW YORK CITY

Five female scientists considered to be leading researchers in the early phase of their careers have received L'Oreal USA 2006 Fellowships for Women in Science. At an awards ceremony earlier this month at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the recipients, all pursuing cutting-edge scientific work, were each awarded $20,000 to conduct research. Though known as a cosmetics and hair care products company, L'Oreal has held its USA Fellows program for three years to recognize up-and-coming female scientists from across the United States.

"The world benefits from many new discoveries that scientists and their research yield, and the need for trained scientists and researchers has increased," says Laurent Attal, president and CEO of L'Oreal USA.

"Women continue to be under-represented in many important scientific disciplines, and L'Oreal believes that more can be done to encourage and support women in all fields of science. We firmly believe that science needs women," he says.

Observers have noted that while the scientific competence of men and women is equal, there is a stark divergence between men's and women's careers in the sciences after they reach their late 20s and early 30s. …

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