Since 2012 the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Early-Career Women Scientists in the Developing World recognize the achievements of researchers who have made significant contributions to the advancement of scientific knowledge. The program represents a longstanding partnership between the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and the Elsevier Foundation.
Succeeding in the competitive world of science is challenging under the best of circumstances. But women scientists in countries with scarce resources and competing cultural expectations face significant additional obstacles as they strive to excel at careers in science. This awards program takes those factors into account by recognizing the research excellence of early-career women scientists from 81 developing countries. The program builds on the Elsevier Foundation-OWSD Awards for Young Women Scientists from the Developing World, which granted awards in 2010 and 2011.
Prizes are awarded annually on a rotating basis among the disciplines of Biological Sciences, Engineering Sciences and Physical Sciences. Each of the five winners will present their papers at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), which is attended by leading scientists, engineers, educators and policymakers from around the world.
Each year a total of five winners are selected, from the following regions: Latin America and the Caribbean; East and South-East Asia and the Pacific; Central and South Asia; Sub-Saharan Africa.
Dr. Fathiah Zakham (Yemen): For her research focused on developing rapid, accurate and cheap tools for the detection of the causal agent of tuberculosis and the control of drug-resistance TB strains.
Dr. Champika Ellawala Kankanamge (Sri Lanka): For her research focusing on controlling invasive macrophytes (aquatic plants) in river ecosystems by restoring shade and encouraging the natural resistance of native plants to invasive species.
Dr. Samia Subrina (Bangladesh): For her research on the modeling of thermal and electronic transport in nanoscale materials and the application of these materials in nanoscale devices.
Dr. Chao Charity Mbogo (Kenya): For her research supporting students in resource-constrained environments to learn to program using mobile devices.
Dr. Susana Arrechea (Guatemala): For her research focusing on the potential industrial and environmental applications of materials such as nanoparticles, nanotubes, and graphene, which can be employed in creating more sustainable building materials.
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Applications for the 2020 awards will be accepted until 29 August 2019 for early-career women who have made significant contributions in the fields of Engineering and Technology. Evidence of innovation will be considered favourably.
For FAQs about eligibility, prizes and the selection process, please refer to the OWSD website.