The Women Chemists Committee (WCC) serves the membership of the American Chemical Society. Our mission is to be leaders in attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession. There are four goals designed to fulfill the mission statement:
2016 Rising Star Award Winners Announced
The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) has named the recipients of its 2016 Rising Star Awards, which recognize exceptional early- to midcareer women chemists across all areas of chemistry on a national level. The awards were established in 2011 to help promote retention of women in science. More information on the award criteria can be found here.
The 2016 winners are:
Karelle Aiken, Ph.D. Georgia Southern University
Anastassia N. Alexandrova, Ph.D. University of California – Los Angeles
Rongjuan Cong, Ph.D. The Dow Chemical Company
Elise B. Fox, Ph.D. Savannah River National Laboratory
Susan Halpern Chirch, Ph.D. L'Oreal USA
Amanda B. Hummon, Ph.D. University of Notre Dame
Mindy Levine, Ph.D. University of Rhode Island
Jin K. Montclare, Ph.D. NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering New York University
Jennifer A. Prescher, Ph.D. University of California, Irvine
Rebecca T. Ruck, Ph.D. Merck Research Laboratories
The winners will receive a $1,000 stipend to cover travel expenses to the Spring 2016 ACS national meeting in San Diego, where they will present their research at the WCC Rising Star Symposium.
The ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards (G&A) formed AEIT in 2014 to develop an implementation plan and implement policies and activities that address equity issues of access, opportunity, and selection within the ACS National Awards Program.
An extensive review of that national awards database indicated a critical need to address access and opportunity issues in the national awards program that will increase gender equity and industrial member representation in the awards‘ nominee pools. Of the 64 national awards, 16 (25%) have no female nominees with 12 of these being technical awards. In the 2015 nominee pool, 83% are male and 17% are female compared to ACS membership demographics of 71% male and 29% female. In the same nominee pool, 91% are from academia and 8% are from industry/government compared to ACS membership demographics of 36% academia and 62% industry/government. Furthermore, 20 (30%) of the national awards have 10 or fewer nominees.
To address these gender and employment nominee pool inequities, a distributed approach was viewed as the best chance for achieving success. This involves the collaborative engagement of the ACS Board Committee on Grants and Awards (G&A), awards staff, AEIT, and ACS governance and members to increase quality and diversity in all areas of the awards process.
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