The L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science
aims to improve the position of women
by recognizing outstanding women researchers who
have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a
result of a partnership between the French cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and
Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and carry a grant of $100,000 USD for each laureate.
Each year an international jury alternates between life
and selects a winner from each of the following
The same partnership awards the UNESCO-L'Oréal
, providing up to $40,000
in funding over two years to fifteen young
women scientists engaged in exemplary and promising research
Gurib-Fakim (Mauritius): "For her exploration and analysis of plants from
Mauritius and their bio-medical applications."
- Ligia Gargallo
(Chile): "For her contributions to understanding solution
properties of polymers."
Dresselhaus (USA): "For her
research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the
creation of carbon nanotubes."
Zealand): "For her contribution to the synthesis of complex
natural products, especially shellfish toxins."
Birshtein (Russia): "For her
contribution to the understanding of the shapes, sizes and motions
of large molecules."
- Tebello Nyokong (Africa and the
Arab States): "for her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental
- Akiko Kobayashi (Asia-Pacific):
"for her contribution to the development of molecular conductor and the design and synthesis
of a single-component molecular metal".
- Athene M. Donald (Europe): "for her work in
unraveling the mysteries of the physics of messy materials, ranging
from cement to starch".
- Beatriz Barbuy (Latin America):
"for her work on the life of stars from the
birth of the Universe to the present
- Eugenia Kumacheva (North
America): "for the design and development of new materials with
many applications including targeted drug delivery for cancer treatments and materials for high
density optical data