L’Oréal For Women in Science Program

For Women in Science

L'Oréal USA recently announced the recipients of the 2014 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship, which recognizes five U.S.-based female researchers for their outstanding contributions to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields and receive $60,000 each for their postdoctoral research. The 2014 Fellows are:

  • Katie Brenner, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Biochemistry
  • Livia S. Eberlin, Stanford University, Chemistry
  • Jennifer Laaser, University of Minnesota, Polymer Physics
  • Lauren O’Connell, Harvard University, Chemical Ecology
  • Sabrina Stierwalt, University of Virginia, Astrophysicist

As part of this year’s program, L’Oréal hosted a week-long program of activities to engage the fellows in the broader STEM community that culminated with an awards ceremony on Thursday, November 13, 2014. The National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) partnered with L’Oréal on the event and invited 25 local young high school women interested in pursuing STEM careers to attend the event.  

JulianaUpon arrival at the ceremony, the young women received their “STEM VIP” credentials and attended a special program where they heard from a panel of L’Oreal scientists and had an opportunity to meet the L’Oreal For Women in Science Fellows. They then joined the rest of the attendees at a reception where they mingled with other guests, including Lynn Rozental, Senior Development Officer with AAAS (The American Association for the Advancement of Science).

At the awards ceremony the young women had an opportunity to view the just launched video series of the fellows! Each fellow has a short video showcasing her at work, home, and in the community - these are excellent inspirational shorts for any girls interested in STEM! 

During the awards ceremony, the President of the L’Oreal USA LUXE Division recognized the young women as future scientists.

Juliana B. from the Thomas Jefferson High School is interested in fencing, the Model United Nations, and understanding how Technology Can Save Football! Pamela J., a student at the Baltimore Polytechnic Institute mentors with the Big Sib/Lil Sib Mentoring Program and was inspired to look more deeply into what girls need to have and how they can become great scientists and members of their communities through this short film. And these are just snapshots of a couple of the young future STEM professionals attending the awards ceremony!

NGCP is proud to partner with programs like L’Oréal For Women in Science which encourages more girls to pursue STEM courses and careers. Connecting young women like Juliana and Pamela to approachable role models (like this year's L'Oreal Fellows, who see their work as rewarding, relevant, and enjoyable), we help change perceptions and stereotypes around being a STEM professional.

The L’Oréal For Women in Science program is a global program that recognizes and rewards women scientists around the world at critical stages of their career. Since the program began in 1998, more than 2,000 scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized for their work in the field. Celebrating its eleventh year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 55 post-doctoral women scientists more than $2 million in grants.