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$75,000 Prize Established to Recognize Women Scientists Work on Women’s Health Issues

women's health researchWomen in STEMM (Science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) fields have not received their share of awards and prizes. That is, unless the chair of the prize committee is a woman, which is also unusual in most situations. Prizes with monetary awards for women in science are even more scarce. This is about to change.  And that is why it is important to participate in the nomination process for this unique, new award that recognizes women scientists who work primarily in the area of women’s health.

I received an email from the Society for Women’s Health Research.  They have partnered with the Medtronic Foundation to establish an annual prize of $75,000 “to recognize a women scientist or engineer for her contributions to women’s health.”

As futher described in the announcement:  “The prize encourages women scientists and engineers to work on issues uniquely related to women’s health and rewards women who have devoted a significant part of their careers to this area. The prize honors commitment to the area of sex differences and work to pass this commitment to collaborators and students as both a role model and mentor. The prize is given to an outstanding scientist or engineer in mid-career whose work has led or will lead directly to the improvement of women’s health.”

Hey, friends, nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 prize.  You can download the application and submit it online to Rachel Griffith,  Do not fax.  Do not mail. 

Deadline:  January 28, 2012. 

Caveat:  The winner must be available May 10, 2012 to receive the prize in person at Society for Women’s Health Research’s annual meeting held in Washington, DC.

Hooray for the SWHR and hooray for Medtronic.  Let’s flood them with applications!  Real money for really important work. Spread the word.

One Note

  1. I wish there were a prize for docs who work so hard for their patients. As in the academic world, “No one gets tenure for being a good teacher.”

    My internist sets a goal each year to do something new to make her practice better. This year it has been to ask about health proxies in more detail than just DNR, pushing people to think what loss would make them want a DNR. She was very provocative.


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