L'Oréal USA Announces 2021 For Women In Science Fellows


Five postdoctoral scientists awarded grants to advance groundbreaking research and encourage next generation of diverse women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

Today, L'Oréal USA announced the recipients of its 2021 For Women in Science (FWIS) Fellowship, an annual program that awards five female postdoctoral scientists $60,000 grants to advance their research. This year's Fellows conduct research in the areas of neurobiology, microbiology and biogeochemistry, physics, and materials chemistry. In addition to grant funding, Fellows receive mentorship, career coaching and recognition.

The 2021 L'Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellows include:

  • Julie Butler, whose research in neurobiology at Stanford University focuses on the brain—how it develops, how it influences behavior, and the role it plays in caregiver and infant bonds.
  • Darcy McRose, whose research in microbiology and biogeochemistry at the California Institute of Technology focuses on studying microbes to better understand nutrient cycling, carbon storage, and sustainable agricultural practices.
  • Brooke Osborne, whose research in biogeochemistry at the United States Geological Survey focuses on understanding carbon and nutrient cycling in dryland ecosystems and how they will respond to pressure from a changing climate and land-use practices. 
  • Brooke Russellphysicist at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, focuses on studying the neutrino, one of the most abundant yet mysterious particles in the universe, which may hold the key to big questions regarding the laws of nature and how the universe was born.
  • Lilia Xie, whose research in materials chemistry at the University of California Berkeleyfocuses on creating new materials at the atomic level to support the next-generation technologies by processing and storing information more efficiently.


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