Indo-American scientist Ritu Raman is among the five distinguished recipients of the L’Oreal USA Women in Science Fellowship 2017.

Born in India, the 26-year-old is a post-doctoral fellow in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The L’Oreal fellowship awards its women fellows with a whopping grant of $60,000 to accelerate their careers with their post-doctoral research.

L’Oreal has collaborated with UNESCO to come up with For Women in Science International Awards. It is a global program to promote female talent in the world

Raman is a PhD and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She did her BS in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University.

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She is currently researching on designing new smart materials which respond and adapt to their environment. She wants to bring innovation in the same way that we give medication through pills. She is creating a long-lasting pill device that delivers oral medication more reliably and cost-effectively.

Raman expressed her joy on twitter as she tweeted, “Honored to be a recipient of the 2017@LOrealUSA For Women in Science Fellowship – #WomenInScience are changing the world! #diversity #STEM.”

The fellowship will help Raman in her research and help her network with other scientists, engineers, and clinicians.

Apart from Raman, the other fellows are Kellie Ann Jurado, Felicity Muth, Sydney Schreppler and Molly Schumer.

The largest cosmetics company, L’Oreal is also an international hub for product development and marketing strategy for its American brands. It has collaborated with UNESCO to come up with For Women in Science International Awards. It is a global program to promote female talent in the world.

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Started 19 years ago, it gives due credit to the women researchers for their work bringing innovation in science. To date, it has awarded over 2,500 female scientists from over 100 countries and helped them to continue their research.

 

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