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Award honours young female scientists

An award launched on 19 July will celebrate the achievements of early-career female scientists from the Caribbean and the rest of the developing world.

A cash prize of US$5,000 will go to women who have excelled in the life sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics and who have graduated with a PhD in the past 10 years.

The award will rotate the fields each year, with 2013 focusing on life sciences.

The award sponsors are the Elsevier Foundation, the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD).

A statement by the three organisations says the first winners of the award will be announced at the annual American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) conference in February 2013.

The award seeks to “create a new generation of role models who will contribute significantly to advances in science and health,” says Fang Xin, president of OWSD.

Nominations for the award will be accepted until 30 September.