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Women in science

The L’Oréal Program for Women in Science, organized by cosmetics maker L’Oréal in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC), is accepting applications until May 13. This is the eighth Brazilian competition for the award, which seeks to encourage the participation of women at the forefront of scientific knowledge, ensure the visibility to their work, and provide financial assistance for continuing projects. Interested researchers must register at Researchers in biomedical, biological and health sciences, physics, mathematics and chemistry may participate in the program. Each winner will receive a stipend of $20,000. Launched in 2006, the program L’Oréal for Women in Science has benefited 47 young scientists in Brazil, distributing more than $1.9 million in grants. The jury is chaired by mathematician Jacob Palis, president of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, and is composed of one UNESCO specialist, one L’Oréal specialist, and eight members of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences.