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Being A Woman Scientist in a Developing World: Meet the Five Women Scientists Who Won 2018’s OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Award.

What is the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation, you ask?

It’s a yearly award —in partnership with Elsevier Foundation and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) — that seeks to reward and encourage women working and living in developing countries in the early stages of their scientific careers.

This year, five women scientists from different developing countries were awarded. Their names include:

Hasibun Naher from Bangladesh, was recognized for her work on computer simulation of tsunamis.

Germaine Djuidje Kenmore, the only African, was recognized for her work on mechanics and the study of friction-and-wear processes on the molecular level, which has the potential for important applications in the area of energy efficiency.

Silvia González Pérez from Ecuador was recognized for molecular modeling of sustainable materials

Dawn Iona Fox from Guyana, for her research on converting local waste products into materials to solve environmental problems.


Witri Wahyu Lestari from Indonesia, for her research on the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks for various applications in medicine or environmental protection.

According to Professor Jennifer Thomson, President of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD):

“These scientists are living proof that, if given the opportunities and support, women all over the developing world can become leaders in their field. I salute them all and commend them for their commitment to their fields of study and to the improvement of the lives of men, women and children in their communities. They serve as role models for all young girls and women aspiring to achieve success in their fields.” 

The winners will get a cash prize of USD 5,000 each, and an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting.

Congratulation ladies and hopefully we’d get to see more African women win in 2019.

To learn more about this foundation, click here.


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