Dr. Maya Bar Sadan (in the photo, right) is one of 11 young women scientists who, after completing their Ph.D. studies with honors at an Israeli university or other academic institution, each recently received an award of about $20,000 a year, for two years. These awards, which will help them pursue postdoctoral studies at leading universities abroad, have been granted within the framework of the Weizmann Institute's National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science, now in its second year. It is aimed at assisting highly talented young women to work toward a career in the sciences: natural (physics, chemistry and the life sciences) or exact (mathematics and computer science). The goal of the program is to begin closing the gap between the numbers of male and female scientists in the highest ranks of academia.
Five of this year's recipients conducted their doctoral studies at the Weizmann Institute of Science, two at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, two at Tel Aviv University, one at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and one at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Recipients of the awards were selected by a special Feinberg Graduate School committee, headed by the Weizmann Institute President's Adviser for Advancing Women in Science, Prof. Adi Kimchi.
The program is supported by the Clore Foundation – Sara Lee Schupf Postdoctoral Awards; and Mike and Valeria Rosenbloom through the Mike Rosenbloom Foundation.