Through the Elsevier Foundation’s 15-year legacy of advancing women scientists, we know how important recognition and professional visibility are for developing high-profile international scientific careers. Awarding women scientists means not only recognizing their impressive work, but empowering them to be role models.

Since 2012, the OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards for Women Scientists in the Developing World has recognized 45 women scientists from 20 countries. Meet them below:
“My teacher said I asked too many questions”: from curious to award-winning researcher
Through her research, Palestinian Dr. Ghada Dushaq is coming up with new and innovative materials for high-speed optical communications.
Harnessing nanotechnology for cancer drug delivery and ecofriendly fertilizers
Family loyalty led Sri Lankan researcher Dr. Imalka Munaweera to invent innovative treatments for cancer, while navigating a difficult work environment for women scientists.
Using mathematics to solve practical problems? It’s elementary
Mongolian Math sleuth Dr. Khongorzul Dorjgotov honed her problem-solving skills on Sherlock Holmes, learning to solve problems like a detective.
Seeking the secrets of the universe in the particle
Guatemalan particle physicist Dr. Maria Eugenia Cabrera catalan hopes to convince society that basic science matters too.
Ghanaian chemist is finding toxic substances in unusual places
Through her research and science diplomacy, Dr. Marian Nkansah is changing the narrative in her native Ghana.
Celebrating women in science
Since 2013, the program has awarded and helped elevate the careers of 45 women researchers from 20 low- and middle-income countries.
Maybe just: Interested in learning more?
Contact Ylann Schemm, Director, The Elsevier Foundation.
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