Programs & Outreach


  Materials Research Society Foundation

L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Program

The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations. The program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applications accepted November 28, 2016, through February 3, 2017.

The Next Generation of Title IX: STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (PDF)
National Women's Law Center | June 2012

The United States cannot tap into the brainpower and innovation of all its people when women and girls are discouraged by stereotypes and structural barriers from pursuing careers in STEM, so we must work to remove these barriers to women’s participation and success.

The 2012 Kavli Prize in Nanoscience is given to Mildred S. Dresselhaus of MIT
Materials360 Online | May 2012

The Kavli Prize in Nanoscience has been awarded to MRS Fellow Mildred Dresselhaus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology “for her pioneering contributions to the study of phonons, electron-phonon interactions, and thermal transport in nanostructures.”

A Report on the Status of Women Faculty in the Schools of Science and Engineering at MIT, 2011 (PDF)
MIT | March 2011

The most important conclusion of this report is that the efforts of central administration, working collaboratively with women faculty, need to be continued for the foreseeable future. Data were collected where faculty was split into the following groups: women faculty who were tenured in 1999; those tenured after 1999 or hired with tenure since then; and those untenured.

L’ORÉAL-UNESCO For Women in Science Program

The For Women in Science program is a global effort by L'Oréal and UNESCO to celebrate women who have dedicated their careers to scientific research and to encourage emerging talent to pursue scientific discoveries. The program has given recognition to over a thousand women scientists.

Gender and Biodiversity (PDF)
United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity

Gender roles affect economic, political, social and ecological opportunities and constraints faced by both men and women. Recognizing women’s roles as primary land and resource managers is central to the success of biodiversity policy. The Convention on Biological Diversity developed a Gender Plan of Action that defines the Secretariat’s role in stimulating and facilitating efforts on national, regional, and global levels to promote gender equality and mainstream a gender perspective.

Women and Science
UNESCO | 2014

Although there are encouraging signs, women are under-represented in science and technology, whether in basic research or at higher decision-making levels. These cross-nationally comparable, gender-disaggregated statistics are used to support national and international policy making to promote gender equality in science and technology and to expand the role of women in all fields of scientific research.

Materials Community Examines Gender Equity (PDF)
MRS Bulletin | September 25, 2008

Nearly 100 members of the materials science and engineering community from across the United States met May 18–20, 2008, at the University of Maryland, College Park, six miles from Washington, D.C. Academic department heads, national laboratory researchers and federal agency representatives attended the “Gender Equity in Materials Science & Engineering” workshop to learn what unconscious biases are and to discuss how biases and institutional systems affect the representation of genders in the field.

Women and Minority Members Tend to Take Longer to Earn Ph.D.s
The Chronicle of Higher Education | September 9, 2008

Women and members of minority groups tend to take longer than other subsets of the population to complete doctoral programs, while international students stand out as the fastest in earning Ph.D.'s, according to this report by the Council of Graduate Schools. The report, based on data from 24 universities in the United States and Canada, covers 19,000 students who entered doctoral programs in the 1990s.

A New Frontier for Title IX: Science
The New York Times | July 15, 2008

Until recently, the impact of Title IX, the law forbidding sexual discrimination in education, has been limited mostly to sports. But now, under pressure from Congress, science is a new target. The National Science Foundation, NASA and the Department of Energy have set up programs to look for sexual discrimination at universities receiving federal grants. Investigators have been taking inventories of lab space and interviewing faculty members and students in physics and engineering departments at schools like Columbia, the University of Wisconsin, MIT and the University of Maryland.

Broad National Effort Urgently Needed To Maximize Potential of Women Scientists and Engineers in Academia
The National Academies | September 18, 2006

Eliminating gender bias in universities requires immediate, overarching reform and decisive action by university administrators, professional societies, government agencies and Congress. If implemented and coordinated across public and private sectors as well as various institutions, the committee's nearly two dozen recommendations would improve workplace environments for all employees while strengthening the foundations of America's competitiveness.