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The L'Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science aims to improve the position of women in science by recognizing outstanding women researchers who have contributed to scientific progress. The awards are a result of a partnership between the Frenchmarker cosmetics company L'Oréal and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizationmarker (UNESCO) and carry a grant of $100,000 USD for each laureate.

Each year an international jury alternates between life and material sciences and selects a winner from each of the following regions:

The same partnership awards the UNESCO-L'Oréal International Fellowships, providing up to $40,000 USD in funding over two years to fifteen young women scientists engaged in exemplary and promising research projects.


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2007 Laureates:
  • Ameenah Gurib-Fakim (Mauritiusmarker): "For her exploration and analysis of plants from Mauritius and their bio-medical applications."
  • Ligia Gargallo (Chilemarker): "For her contributions to understanding solution properties of polymers."
  • Mildred Dresselhaus (USAmarker): "For her research on solid state materials, including conceptualizing the creation of carbon nanotubes."
  • Margaret Brimble (New Zealandmarker): "For her contribution to the synthesis of complex natural products, especially shellfish toxins."
  • Tatiana Birshtein (Russiamarker): "For her contribution to the understanding of the shapes, sizes and motions of large molecules."

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2009 Laureates:
  • Tebello Nyokong (Africa and the Arab States): "for her work on harnessing light for cancer therapy and for environmental clean-up".
  • 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 time".
  • 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 storage".

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