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Congrats to the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Winners!

November 18, 2014

L’Oréal USA Announced the winners of the Women in Science Fellowship.  Fantastic science including some exciting astrophysics! 🙂  Congrats to all!  (And this is a yearly thing so look out for the application next year and think about applying!)

Sabrina Stierwalt, University of Virginia – Dr. Stierwalt is an astrophysicist leading a multi-university team on ground-breaking research to understand how galaxies were formed. Stierwalt has been committed to promoting STEM education throughout her career, including her time as co-founder of the Graduate Women in Physics at Cornell and her current role as a volunteer teacher for Dark Skies, Bright Kids, an afterschool program for underserved rural students.

Katie Brenner, University of Wisconsin-Madison – A bioengineer who developed a technique to enable early diagnosis of neonatal infections, Dr. Brenner’s research is already generating results that will change the standard of neonatal care and help save babies’ lives. In addition to mentoring undergraduate women researchers, Brenner also works with a local high school teacher on developing a series of laboratory experiments designed to bring cutting-edge science to a rural population.

Livia S. Eberlin, Stanford University – After discovering the limitations of cancer diagnosis methods currently used today, Dr. Eberlin, a chemist, developed her own technique to more efficiently diagnose and evaluate cancer – a technique that’s proving to be incredibly promising in a pilot program for gastric and other cancers. Eberlin also serves as a mentor to a female scientist through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Exceptional Research Opportunities Program, which provides undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds with summer research experiences.

Jennifer Laaser, University of Minnesota – A physical chemist investigating how positively charged particles interact with negatively charged polymers like DNA, Dr. Laaser’s research will impact future efforts to design gene therapies. Laaser is also active in her university’s Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) group, where she helps lead “Cool Chemistry,” an outreach event that brings local middle school girls to campus for chemistry activities and demonstrations.

Lauren O’Connell, Harvard University – Dr. O’Connell is a biologist studying poison dart frogs in the Amazon, research that could lead to new biomedical discoveries and improved conservation. Recognizing that colorful tropical frogs are an appealing introduction to science for young students, O’Connell also founded the “Little Froggers School Program” in partnership with K-12 science teachers in New England to bring engaging science to public school classrooms.

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