AAAS celebrated on October 15, 2015, four female early-career researchers as the recipients of the Marion Milligan Mason Awards for Women in the Chemical Sciences. The awards are funded by a bequest from the Marion Milligan Mason Fund. As a chemist and AAAS member since 1965, the late Marion Tuttle Milligan Mason wanted to support the advancement of women in the chemical sciences. Dr. Milligan also wanted to honor her family's commitment to higher education for women, as demonstrated by her parents and grandfather, who encouraged and sent several daughters to college.
The goal from the awards is to support women in the chemical sciences to kickstart their research career of promising future senior investigators. The Marion Milligan Mason Fund provides four grants of $50,000 every other year to women researchers engaged in basic research in the chemical sciences. In addition to research funding, the program provides leadership development and mentoring opportunities. Early-career researchers require support to collect preliminary data and perform their research, in order to be able to apply for future funding opportunities. The awards provide the recipients with the possibility to kick-start their projects and advance their academic careers.
Next Call for Applications will start on November 16, 2015.