Five PostDocs Awarded L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science

The L’Oreal USA Fellowships for Women in Science are awarded to postdoctoral scientists in the life and physical sciences, mathematics, engineering, and computer science. Winners are selected on the basis of their academic records and intellectual merit. Each applicant must submit a “clearly-articulated research proposal with the the potential for scientific advancement.” The applications are reviewed by a panel of nine scientists assembled by the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This year five women were selected as fellows:


Trisha Andrew is conducting postdoctoral research in the field of organic electronics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a graduate of the University of Washington and in 2010 earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at MIT.


Karlin Bark is a postdoctoral fellow in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics at the University of Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Michigan, she holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University.


Sasha Devore is a postdoctoral associate in neurobiology and behavior at Cornell University. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees from MIT.


R. Blythe Towal is a postdoctoral scholar at the California Institute of Technology conducting research on computational neuroscience. A graduate of Georgia Tech, she earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering at Northwestern University.

Tijana Ivanovic, a virologist in the department of microbiology and molecular genetics at Harvard Medical School, will conduct her L’Oreal Fellowship research at the University of Colorado.

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