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We would like to highlight the five winners of the 2019 OWSD-Elsevier Foundation Awards, who received their Awards this Saturday, 16 February in Washington, D.C.

This annual Award given by OWSD and the Elsevier Foundation rewards and encourages women working and living in developing countries who are in the early stages of their scientific careers. Awardees must have made a demonstrable impact on the research environment both at a regional and international level and have often overcome great challenges to achieve research excellence. Each awardee receives USD $5,000 and receives her Award during a special breakfast ceremony at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

This year's Awards were given in the biological sciences. The five winners are:

  • Tabassum Mumtaz of the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (Asia Pacific region); in environmental microbiology;
  • Uduak Okomo of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in the Gambia (Africa region); in pediatrics and epidemiology;
  • Narel Paniagua-Zambrana of the National Herbarium of Bolivia and Universidad Mayor de San Andres (Latin America and the Caribbean region); in ethnobotany;
  • Tista Prasai Joshi of the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (Asia Pacific region); in environmental microbiology; and
  • Amira Shaheen of An-Najah National University in Palestine (Arab region); in epidemiology.

Click on each awardee's name or click here to read more about her and her research.

To see photos of the Awards ceremony and the Awardee's week at the AAAS meeting, go here.

Please join us in congratulating these five amazing women.