US gov’t launches ASEAN-US Science Prize for Women 2017


The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Underwriters Laboratories, a global safety science company, have now opened applications and nominations for the third annual ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women.

This year’s theme is urban resilience, with focus on health, transportation, infrastructure, and workforce safety. The 2017 award will go to young women who are successfully using applied sciences to solve the challenges on the said sectors.

The winner will receive a $20,000 award and recognition during the 2017 ASEAN ministerial meeting on science and technology, to be held in Myanmar in November 2017. Candidates must be 40 years of age or younger at the time of submission, and have a background in an area of expertise related to the year’s theme. Applications and nominations will be accepted at http://bit.ly/sprules until June 23, 2017.

Last year, Dr. Kathleen Aviso, associate professor of chemical engineering at De La Salle University, was a finalist for the 2016 ASEAN-U.S. Science Prize for Women on Energy Research for her work on mathematical models that inform environmental decision-making in the Philippines.

The U.S. government works with ASEAN to foster prosperity and security internationally, support economic integration, expand maritime cooperation, cultivate emerging leaders, promote opportunity for women, and address transnational challenges. The U.S. and ASEAN celebrate 40 years of partnership in 2017, marking a deepened cooperation under the U.S.-ASEAN Strategic Partnership. For more information, visit the U.S. Mission to ASEAN (http://asean.usmission.gov).

About USAID:

The Embassy’s office of U.S. Agency for International Development is the lead U.S. government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In the Philippines, USAID partners with the national government to create a more stable, prosperous and well-governed nation.

For more information, visit http://www.usaid.gov/philippines or email infoph@usaid.gov.

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